The Architect's Eye

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"The Architect's Eye" incorporates highlights from the Southeastern Architectural Archive, the largest repository of architectural records in the southern United States. Selected drawings illustrate nineteenth-century architecture as practiced by the Crescent City's leading designers, many of whom were educated in Europe. Building types include residences, commercial and institutional buildings. Selected drawings hint at the ways in which architectural drafting techniques separated the specialist from the layman. In an era of increasing professionalization, one's ability to render the third dimension on a two-dimensional surface elevated the socioeconomic level of one's clientele and the scale of one's commissioned projects. The collection represents some of the most accomplished architectural designs produced in nineteenth-century New Orleans.

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Association home
Levee and Suzette Streets, New Orleans, LA. Seaman’s Home, building. Elevation and plans. Elevation shows four stories, nine shop doors on first floor. Nine windows on each upper floor. Cupola with windows, and topped with flag. Labeled, J. Gallier and Company, architects. Undated. Plans at bottom., seaa@tulane.edu
Bank
Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA. Bank of America, building. Elevation of a five-story building. First floor shows nine arched doors with 10 fluted Corinthian columns and floral motif frieze. Upper four floors show five arched windows each, and elaborate floral motif relief details. At far right is a partial section of front details. At right is a partial section of details of columns for first floor. At far right is an elevation of door details showing elaborate lead work on right side of door. Plan showing column placement at bottom. Notarized, Joseph Cuvillier, June 25, 1866. Signed by B.T. Bennett, etc, seaa@tulane.edu
Bank building
Camp Street. City Bank, building. New Orleans, LA. Exterior elevation and plans for first and second floors. Elevation shows two stories with three sets of double paneled doors, four pilasters, and three windows on second floor. Parapet at roof with floral motif decoration, “City Bank” written in frieze in yellow wash. Signed, J. Gallier, architect, 1836, seaa@tulane.edu
Bank building
Royal and Conti Streets, New Orleans, LA, Bank of Louisiana, building. At left, “Plan of banking room with brick columns as before,” showing four large columns in center. At right, “Plan of banking room dispensing with the brick columns,” showing same plan as at left, but without columns in banking room, and with the addition of entrance vestibule at right., seaa@tulane.edu
Bank building
St. Charles and Union Streets, New Orleans, LA, Bank of New Orleans, building. Plans. First story shows entrance vestibule opening to hall, both having diamond pattern floors. President and director’s parlor at left, cashier’s office at right., seaa@tulane.edu
Bank building
Louisiana National Bank, building. Elevation showing two-story rusticated building., seaa@tulane.edu
Bank building
Whitney National Bank, 613 – 617 Gravier Street. Perspective elevation., seaa@tulane.edu
Bank building
Camp Street, New Orleans, LA, Canal Bank, building. Elevation of 15 light window, and section of window architrave and window sill detail. Signed, Gallier and Esterbrook, May 21, 1858, seaa@tulane.edu
Bank building
Royal and Conti Streets, New Orleans, LA, Bank of Louisiana, building. Elevation and plan of entrance vestibule., seaa@tulane.edu
Bank building
Camp Street. City Bank, building. New Orleans, LA. Exterior elevation showing two stories, each with two Ionic columns and two pilasters. Central double paneled doors, two windows first floor, three on second. Cornice over columns, supporting balustrade at roof. Notation, in pencil, at top: “The balusters are all to be of wood.” Notarized, H.B. Cenas, and signed by James Gallier, and bank officials October 27, 1836. Ink and watercolor on drawing paper. Door in brown wash. Sheet has black line border. Verso: Plan drawn by Mr. Atkinson as per contract. S.W. [Samuel Wilson, Jr.], seaa@tulane.edu
Bank building
Whitney National Bank, 613 – 617 Gravier Street. Longitudinal section., seaa@tulane.edu
Bath house
Camp Street. Caldwell’s Baths (Arcade Baths), building. New Orleans, LA. Front elevation, showing six Corinthian columns, three sets of double store doors, at left, two, possibly, iron security doors, at right. Ten windows shown. Labeled, “Caldwell’s Baths, Camp Street.” Also labeled, “Section No. 3,” at top. Cross section of pediment, at top. Section is cut, possibly, for insertion of another piece of paper. Signed, Gallier and Dakin, architects, seaa@tulane.edu
Bath house
Camp Street. Caldwell’s Baths (Arcade Baths), building. New Orleans, LA. Plan for principal floor, showing portico with six columns, at left, vestibule leading to small rooms. Alleyway, at top, and arcade, at bottom. Restaurant [sp. restaurat], kitchen, and privies at far right. Labeled, at left, “Caldwell’s, Camp Street, Baths.” Also annotated, “Plan No. Six, in connection with specifications for rebuilding ‘Arcade Building’, submitted to Western Fireman’s and Ocean Insurance Companies, April 26, 1842, J.W. Houston, architect.”, seaa@tulane.edu
Bath house
Camp Street. Caldwell’s Baths (Arcade Baths), building. New Orleans, LA. Section elevation, labeled at bottom, “Caldwell’s, longitudinal section, Baths.” Labeled at top, “Section No. 1.” Shows portico at left, with Corinthian column, roof framing, footings, and interior details. Interior details show doors, windows, columns, stair. Signed, Gallier and Dakin, Architects, 1835. Also signed, “Plan No. Three, submitted in connection with specifications for building ‘Arcade Buildings’ to Western Fireman’s and Ocean Insurance Companies, April 26, 1842, J.W. Houston, architect.”, seaa@tulane.edu
Bridge
Footbridge across New Canal, Liberty Street., seaa@tulane.edu
Catholic church
Camp Street, New Orleans, LA. St. Patrick’s Church, building. Ground floor plan showing masonry walls, stairs flanking front entrance, interior columns., seaa@tulane.edu
Charitable home
Orphan Boy’s Asylum, building, New Orleans, LA, location unidentified. Ground plan showing portico at front with six square columns, central entrance stair hall, rear wing at left with kitchen and laundry rooms, rear wing at right with school room. Out buildings at rear with stable, carriage, seaa@tulane.edu
Charitable home
Jewish Widow’s and Orphan’s Home. Side elevation., seaa@tulane.edu
Charitable home
Jewish Widow’s and Orphan’s Home. Roof framing., seaa@tulane.edu
Charitable home
Jewish Widows' and Orphans' Home. Front elevation., seaa@tulane.edu

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