The well known Cornstalk Hotel is a landmark and tourist attraction on the picturesque Royal Street. But did you know this French Quarter hotel's namesake architectural feature, the ornate cornstalk fence, has an uptown predecessor? The original cornstalk fence was designed for a Garden District villa, commissioned by it's owner Colonel Robert Henry Short. Colonel Short had the fence made for his wife who was homesick for life back in Iowa. The cast iron fence was designed to be reminiscent of corn fields where she grew up. That's love.