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Book Talk: Buildings of New Orleans

April 4, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Buildings of New Orleans

On Wednesday, April 4, authors Karen Kingsley (Professor Emerita, Tulane) and Lake Douglas (Professor, Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, LSU) will give a presentation at LSU Hill Memorial Library, moderated by Michael Desmond (Professor, School of Architecture, LSU) on their just-published Buildings of New Orleans. This is the second city guide to appear in the Society of Architectural Historians’ prize-winning Buildings of the United States series.

Buildings of New Orleans, the definitive and most up-to-date guide to the architecture and landscapes of New Orleans, and its publication coincides with the city’s tri-centenary.  It traces the story of the city’s urban fabric through descriptions of nearly 300 buildings, parks, open spaces, and lesser-known places that date from the oldest examples to the most recent. Organized into thirteen neighborhood tours, the guidebook also highlights buildings in neighboring parishes and includes three excursions up and down the Mississippi River. The book, illustrated with 175 photographs (most are by the authors) and 23 maps, features buildings both typical and unique that make up the variety and character of the city’s built and natural environments.

Kingsley is Professor Emerita at Tulane University’s School of Architecture, and Douglas is Associate Dean and Professor in LSU’s Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture; both have published extensively on the history of Louisiana’s built and natural environments. Professor Desmond, Director of Graduate Studies in the College of Art + Design, is the author of The Architecture of LSU.  They will discuss the book’s overall scope, the process of selecting and writing about the buildings and landscapes included, and talk about some individual buildings (with visuals).

Questions from the audience and discussion are encouraged.

Books will be available at the event for purchase.

Entrance is free, but space is limited. Register via Eventbrite.