History

JULIA STREET

Dear Julia,My son recently did a research paper on New Orleans Statues. He gathered information on many of our beautiful landmarks, however he had difficulty obtaining any information on P.T.G. Beauregard who graces the entrance to City Park. I’m sure…

A Carnival Compendium

Arthur Hardy’s first “Mardi Gras Guide,” published in 1977. courtesy of Arthur Hardy. Towards the end of winter, our eyes are drawn to the shiny purple, gold and green colors symbolizing the upcoming Carnival season. One item that has been…

JULIA STREET

Dear Julia and Poydras,I recently saw a news bit concerning the opening of the new Silver Slipper Casino in Mississippi. This hit me between the eyes, as old memories came to mind. My uncle Joseph Columbo opened The Silver Slipper…

JULIA STREET

Dear Juila,I’ve been driving past my pre-Katrina grocery, Canal Blvd. Supermarket, lamenting its absence for the past few months and observing its gutting. I noticed after the façade was stripped of its outer veneer, that earlier incarnations of the building…

A Deck of Cards

When did the practice of sending official City Hall Christmas cards start? No one is too sure, but the New Orleans Public Library archives’ earliest card is from 1954, when Chep Morrison was Mayor. While each card is unique, the…

JULIA STREET

Hi Julia,I’ll bet that Poydras has turned a deaf ear to all of the talk about partially hydrogenated fats, and eats as much food containing them as he can. With that in mind, I am sure that he remembers and…

If the Shoe Fits

The front of Haase’s in 1926. The camelback is where the family lived. photo courtesy of Haase’s.Haase’s was opened in 1921 by Boris and Della Haase. Originally located on Prytania Street, it moved six months later to Oak Street, across…

Julia Street

600 block of Royal Street, known as “Governors Row,” circa 1940.Dear Julia and Poydras,Can you tell me why the 600 block of Royal Street is referred to or known as “Governor’s Row?” That’s a tough assignment for Poydras – maybe…

JULIA STREET

Dear Julia,In the early 1900s, my grandfather, his father and brothers owned a business in the French Quarter near the railroad tracks. They were public weighers and gaugers. They took samples from hogsheads of sugar on the steamboats and brought…

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Dear Julia, Near Orange Street are two tall structures that I have called the Orange Street Silos. I have been curious of their history for years. Please tell me about them. Bianca A. Fuentes New Orleans Those aren’t silos, they’re…

JULIA STREET: Questions & Answers About New Orleans

Dear Julia, I was in attendance at a UNO basketball game in the old “Chamber of Horrors” recently. The atmosphere was exciting as the modest-sized crowd produced a loud roar for the hometown Privateers. My question has to do with…

Summer Vacation

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Lakefront—known then as Milneburg—was a thriving resort destination for New Orleanians by PATRICK MCDERMOTT Locals tend to think of the Lakefront as an everyday and convenient spot for recreation. For New Orleanians…

Schools of Thought

A look at how Tulane University and Newcomb College were founded Tulane University has upheld a reputation as one the best and most recognized schools in the country throughout its long and rich history. But the genesis of Tulane’s legacy…

Dining in history at Ralph's on the Park

by HILLARY GOLDEN When chef Gerard Maras approached Ralph Brennan about opening a restaurant and working together again (they had been at Mr. B’s Bistro), they felt it was time to create a restaurant “for locals, by locals.” However, one…

Symbol of the City

Since 1727, locals have worshiped on the site of the St. Louis Cathedral. French engineer Adrien De Pauger and engineer-in-chief Leblond de la Tour designated the area, and it was the first building in New Orleans constructed in the briquete…