Although the city of New Orleans was built by Spanish and French colonials, after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, much of the city was refurbished in the modern Victorian style. As a result, relatively few buildings survive from the original Spanish architects. However, this influence can still be seen throughout the city, including this building in the 800 block of Ursulines in the French Quarter. The most noticeable structures that remain from this style are the Cabildo and the Presbytère, both beautiful examples of a mixture of colonial Spanish and neo-classical architecture that was popular in New Orleans’ original incarnation.
Spanish Architecture in a French City
Dec 17, 2013 | History