Bourbon Street, 1944-1952

Description

The Southeastern Architectural Archive, Tulane University Libraries, is home to the Walter Cook Keenan New Orleans Photographs Collection numbering over 3,000 images. Walter Cook Keenan (1881-1970), the first architect of the Vieux Carré Commission (VCC) and a lifelong member of the Audubon Park Commission, took the photographs in order to document changes to the built environment. In 2013, the Tulane Digital Library undertook to digitize the portion of the collection focused on historic Bourbon Street.


Bourbon Street underwent significant changes during the mid-twentieth century. Beginning in 1944, the VCC increasingly sought to regulate the appearance of building facades, especially by limiting signage and prohibiting the use of neon. As VCC architect, Keenan conducted daily property inspections to document Vieux Carré Ordinance violations. Entertainment businesses along Bourbon Street were notably affected by the ordinance and Keenan recorded nearly every property along the artery more than once. Bourbon Street's night clubs, jazz musicians, burlesque shows, restaurants and boarding houses became his photographic subjects. The collection includes images of Sloppy Joe's, Lenny Gale's Sugar Bowl, the Old Barn Bar, Zonia's Cocktail Lounge, Ciro's, the Magic Lock, the Famous Door, 418 Bar, Dixie's Bar of Music, and Stormy's Casino Royale. Signs for burlesque dancers Evangeline, Bubbles, Kalantan, Pam Holloway, and Stormy's Mother also feature prominently.

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0200-0206 Bourbon Street
Signs: ''Furnished Rooms;'' ''The Old Barn Bar Never Closes''; ''Brown's House;'' ''Shoe Repair'', seaa@tulane.edu
0200 Bourbon Street
Old Barn Bar; Sign: ''Marion LaCaze'', seaa@tulane.edu
0200 Bourbon Street
El Morocco, seaa@tulane.edu
0200 Bourbon Street
El Morocco, seaa@tulane.edu
0200 Bourbon Street
El Morocco, seaa@tulane.edu
0200 Bourbon Street
Old Barn Bar; Sign: ''Marion LaCaze'', seaa@tulane.edu
0200 Bourbon Street
El Morocco, seaa@tulane.edu
0201 Bourbon Street
Lenny Gale's Sugar Bowl; Signs: ''Paul Gayton In Person;'' ''Bubbles'', seaa@tulane.edu
0216 Bourbon Street
Original Toney Spaghetti House Restaurant; Stewart's; Sign: ''Hotel'', seaa@tulane.edu
0217 Bourbon Street
Photos; J.J. Ziegler Electrical Contractors, Fans, seaa@tulane.edu
0218 Bourbon Street
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0220 Bourbon Street
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0222 Bourbon Street
Three Deuces, seaa@tulane.edu
0222 Bourbon Street
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0222 Bourbon Street
Three Deuces, seaa@tulane.edu
0222 Bourbon Street
Three Deuces, seaa@tulane.edu
0227 Bourbon Street
Marty Burke's Gay Room, seaa@tulane.edu
0229-0231 Bourbon Street
Serio's Chili House; Sloppy Joe's Floor Shows, seaa@tulane.edu
0235 Bourbon Street
New Orleans Printing Company: Job Printing; Book Matches, seaa@tulane.edu
0238 Bourbon Street
The Old Absinthe House; Patio Lafitte, seaa@tulane.edu

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