THE GARDEN DISTRICT
Once you travel up St. Charles Avenue and see antebellum mansions alongside intricate “gingerbread” Victorian style cottages on streets that bear the names of Greek Muses, you will understand the irresistible lure of the Garden District. With its large oak trees, crepe myrtles, hibiscus, and bougainvillea, the sights and scents of the Garden District make it one of New Orleans’ most beautiful neighborhoods.
Mapped out in 1806 by Barthelemy Lafon as an open, semi-urban system of interrelated parks with basins, fountains and canals, the Garden District is bordered by St. Charles Avenue to the north, First Street to the east, Magazine Street to the south and Toledano Street to the west. Once plantations that were divided into lots and sold to the rising mercantile elite, this area was perfect for those who wanted to settle outside of the crowded French Quarter. Named the “Garden District” because each block only had two houses surrounded by a large garden, this area soon became the premier place to design and build a luxurious home.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Garden District remains the city’s most prestigious neighborhood with many of its homes showcasing the prosperity of New Orleans during that time period.
Expanding The Garden
With its stately white-columned Greek Revival mansions and double-galleried Italianate houses, the Garden District wasn’t always about gardens. In fact, up until the late 18th century, the only residential outdoor spaces in New Orleans were paved areas used for cows. It was the residents of the Garden District who had the innovative idea to have their backyards serve as a luxurious oasis to the crowded city. With the perfect southern climate to make a year round garden with camellias, magnolias, azaleas, jasmine, roses, with a tropical flair of palms and elephant ears and Birds of Paradise, the magic and romance of this neighborhood was born.
And when lush outdoor space is at a premium, such as in the backyards of these stately homes, the next natural step was to make it functional by adding a shaded outdoor area. Amy Freese, Doerr’s Senior Director of Merchandising explained, “The current trend in the Garden District is to add more outdoor living space. Just imagine getting the best of both worlds, beautiful home situated minutes from all the excitement of Downtown New Orleans, yet the peaceful, restful serenity of your own backyard.”
Certainly if you already have lush dazzling gardens equipped with a water fountain, fancy terrace or gazebos, you would want the ability to entertain in this majestic space. “Residents began to replace the decorative wrought iron pieces with comfortable chairs and sofas when they started adding covered patios and outdoor kitchens,” Freese added.
To compliment their beautiful gardens, Amy had outdoor furniture recommendations to fit every style and taste. From Klaussner’s, featuring elaborate frame designs that resemble wrought iron to the more elegant Winston and Braxton Culler.
Klaussner’s Simple Elegance dining furniture offers outdoor living that is comfortable, stylish and durable with customized seating and versatile fabric colors that gives you choices to match all your outdoor needs.
Winston caters to the style-conscious yet discriminating consumer, by offering 29 furniture collections, in 550 different fabrics and 12 frame finishes. You can special order your furniture in the style, fabric and finish that suits your needs and have it arrive within a few weeks.
Known for their distinctive lightweight Wicker and Rattan, Braxton Culler specializes in beautiful outdoor furnishings, from complete sofa and chair sets to individual swivel rockers. With your choice of over 1,000 fabrics, 15 unique wood finishes and 20 shades of wicker, there is something for every taste.