Chronicles

C’mmune at My House

The Marengo Street Commune – a 1970s-era example of group living, New Orleans-style – included families and kids

Fur Enough

A once-thriving fur trade brought down by political correctness and a South American rodent.

Glory Days of the Cotton Exchange

“My mother always said she could drive down Carondelet Street, and when she’d pass the Cotton Exchange she could hear my father’s voice. He had a loud, carrying voice, and I do too. That’s a big item in trading. You…

KRAUSS

Last of the classic department stores

Missions Accomplished

Darkness was not going to win!” “Chuck” Kelley insists. The President of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Charles “Chuck” S. Kelley Jr., still takes pride in the fact that, shortly after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city and caused…

CARING FOR THE WOMEN

Craigslist online and the want ads – that’s where young women look for housing when they make the big decision to live on their own and work in New Orleans. It wasn’t always this way.For the New Orleans working woman,…

“BROADCASTING FROM ATOP THE MB BUILDING ...”

If you’re a New Orleanian of a certain age, you probably still have an AM button on your car radio set to 1350; that’s because radio station WSMB once found its home on the dial there. Sadly, in its 85th…

Werlein’s FOR A SONG

The deep male voice over the phone intoned the familiar phrase: “guitars, drums, ukuleles, pianos – everything musical at Werlein’s.” Then, the caller would hear the time and the temperature. The voice belonged to the late Philip Werlein. The phone…

A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANES

Bowling can be a family enterprise. Stevie Weber of the Professional Bowling Association whose family owned Arabi Bowl in St. Bernard Parish. It is a lifetime sport for Weber. “They have pictures of me when I was 2 or 3, pushing…

Carnival’s Big Band Sound

My Dad played for 50 Comus [balls]. He even had a specially made gold tails jacket he wore just for that.” Henri Louapre’s father was René Louapre, conductor of the René Louapre Society Orchestra, a mainstay of the New Orleans…

BALDWIN WOOD’S NYDIA

On May 10, 1956, the 77-year-old engineer Baldwin Wood set sail from Biloxi to Horn Island, Miss., accompanied only by his dog. What happened next was later described in a letter by charter boat operator Captain Louis Gorenflo: There was…

THE FEDS’ BRUSH WITH ART

Seventy-five years ago America had a new president who, in his first months in office, jump-started the economy with new programs that put Americans to work. Fortunately for New Orleans, some of those workers were artists, and we can still…

Houses on the move

Before the mid-20th century, people valued their built houses more,” says Patty Gay, executive director of the Preservation Resource Center. Attachment to a building was perhaps the best reason that many New Orleans families actually moved their houses with them…

A railroading town

“Riding on the City of New Orleans / Illinois Central Monday morning rail.”“The City of New Orleans” by Steve Goodman, 1970Arlo Guthrie’s 1972 version of that song caught the public fancy as a memorial to the great days of train…

When Garden Clubs Took Root

New Orleanians have come to expect a lot of exterior decoration around town – blooming plants year-round, sheltering oaks, attractive shrubbery. Public spaces, parks, museums, historic houses and squares are all part of the green wonderland found in this part…

The Jerusalem Temple

The best part was riding down St. Charles Avenue in the limousines right after the Hermes Parade. That was really fun!” Judy Walshe Whann (Mrs. Robert Whann) remembers of her reign over the youthful Krewe of Apollo on the Friday…

Living Above the Store

In these days of telecommuting, when an Internet connection and a fax machine can free workers from the office, the pleasures of living where you work are becoming obvious to more and more people.But in New Orleans, living in the…

Street Musicians

“First I must explain how our quartet used to do its hustling so as to attract an audience. We began by walking down Rampart Street between Perdido and Gravier. The lead singer and tenor walked together in front followed by…

Frat Boys

Well, it did prepare you for boot camp,” Walter Carroll admits, “although the program was a little different.” Carroll was recalling initiation into his high school fraternity, TKO. By the time he graduated from Isidore Newman School in 1940, Carroll…