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Creole Houses: Traditional Homes of Old Louisiana Hardcover – April 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810954958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810954953
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 10.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Great reference book.
Matthew
The interiors are even more sophisticated and tastefull than any you have seen in such books.
M. Smith
A very nice book on a beautiful architectual style.
Shannon Deason

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By CS Pond on May 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Deason on June 21, 2007
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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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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By M. Smith on May 13, 2007
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This book is not what you expected; it is a book on southern houses and their interiors, but not about the stuffy designer places that you usually see. The interiors are even more sophisticated and tastefull than any you have seen in such books. It is the first time you have seen the beautiful Louisiana-made chairs and armoires in their native environment.

It seems like the photographers really searched hard to find just the right houses to elucidate the Creole style. It is a house style that seems like one you would want to recreate and live in today
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jack Alexander on April 19, 2007
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Childs on March 27, 2009
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Oliver tang on October 30, 2010
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Love this book! Great history and great pictures. Pictures are clear and sometime haunting. Simply beautiful read. Makes me want to visit New Orleans or at least built a similar house! Good buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Waldron on May 28, 2009
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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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