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About the Author

James Conaway is author of the novel The Big Easy and many nonfiction works, including the memoir Memphis Afternoons and The Far Side of Eden, about environmental conflict in the Napa Valley. He divides his time between Washington, D.C., and piedmont Virginia.

John H. Lawrence is director of museum programs for the Historic New Orleans Collection. He lives in New Orleans.
Steve Gross and Sue Daley are photographers whose books include Santa Fe: Houses and Gardens, Catskills Country Style, Old Houses, and Old Greenwich







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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams; 1st edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810954958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810954953
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book brings important attention to the existence of these historic Creole homes in a part of the country that has been shattered by natural events in recent years. Fortunately, these homes are survivors: of their glorious past, of the ravages of weather, economy and time. The photographic vision of Gross and Daley is a brilliant dedication to documenting places as they are and not how we might want them to be. OLD HOUSES, one of their first books, set a precedent for their evocative style of artistry in what they choose to photograph from our architectural and domestic past. They continue to seek the forlorn, the forgotten, the poignant and the unusual. Their latest book, CREOLE HOUSES, is further revelation of their aesthetic message--of how old places and ways can be both beautiful and resonant in our modern, complicated world. CREOLE HOUSES is both record, homage, and a visual and written poem to historic Louisiana architecture.
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A very nice book on a beautiful architectual style. These houses fit perfectly into the Southern Louisiana landscape, they were built for balmy humid climate of the region. I found the history of the people that built these homes very interesting, the text was imformative and the images nicely produced. If you are interested in this style i highly recomend the book on Hays Town, he was a modern master of the venacular.
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I have over the years acquired a couple dozen books on old New Orleans and Low Country architecture, none has captured the true feeling of that fading glory like Creole Houses. Photos are superb, text is authorative, end sheets are a delight, and the binding first rate. This book is a peek inside antebellum Creole country from plantation houses to servant's quarters.

Lets hope these folks do more such volumes. My suggestion would be the 18th century Georgians of the Mid-Atlantic states.

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Every bit as important as the great plantations of the East Coast, the plantations of Louisiana have received a lot of attention in the published literature. There are many photographic folio of this important collection of structures.

The book studies one specific style of house, one that became unique due to its particular cross section of cultures and climates. Not only is the Acadian Creole style beautiful, it is unique to this part of the world. Many lovely examples remain for us to visit today.

This is a post-Katrina book, published in 2007, so the houses you see here survived the storm. Many of these houses are over 200 years old, so they've stood the tests of time and elements.

The photography here is outstanding, featuring a nice mix of exterior and interior shots. The book is actually a catalog of sites, featuring about 20 of the best known landmarks from New Orleans to Natchitoches. The text is actually quite brief, framing the photography rather than directing the narrative, and offers concise architectural and historical contexts for each of the houses.

This is not an academic study, and architectural historians will not find it rigorous enough to use as a reference tool or solid secondary source. The book is intended for the informed and curious general reader and for casual browsing. For me, the most outstanding thing about the book is its precise photography of this distinct architectural style.
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For a devotee of creole architecture, like me, this is an absolute must have. The book is a wonderful production in total. The photography is beautiful and the text informative. Interestingly, several of these structures have not been widely published elsewhere. Anyone interested in historic architecture should get this without question.
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By DB on January 11, 2014
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Having traveled in Louisiana extensively, this book helps us locate and photograph these lovely homes.
We use this book as a guide book - some are private and no tours, but photos can be taken. The book has great photography and well written paragraphs about each home.
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I have really enjoyed this book. It is a beautifully photographed collection of homes in the creole style, and the images are mysterious and some are a little haunting. For those interested in this architectural style, I would also recommend the book on the homes of A. Hayes Towne for a glimpse at newer creole homes. Honestly, I have not read much of the text, so I can't comment on the quality of the information shared. The photographs are compelling enough for me to recommend the book.
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wonderful photos of this interesting architecture -- my only regret is no picture of the front of Laura Plantation, which is so bright and colorful in creol colors -- interiors and gardens were interesting --
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