James Freret Architectural Drawings

Description

James Freret Architectural Drawings features 150 projects from the office of 19th century New Orleans architect James Freret. Freret (1838-1897) was born in New Orleans to a prominent family. His mother was Livie (DArensbourg) Freret, his father James P. Freret operated a cotton press. His uncle was William Freret who served as mayor of New Orleans (1840-1842; 1843-1844), and his cousin was William A. Freret, also a prominent New Orleans architect. William A. and James collaborated on the completion of the cast iron constructed Moresque Building, which was begun by William A. before the Civil War, and completed by the cousins afterwards. Before the Civil War, James trained in the office of New Orleans architect George Purves. In the early 1860s, he studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris under Charles-Auguste Questal. Following the outbreak of the war, he returned to Louisiana to take a commission as an officer in the Confederate Armys engineering corps. After being wounded in battle, he returned to New Orleans before the end of the war, to take up work as an architect. Freret designed many important institutional and commercial structures in New Orleans and Louisiana, but was most prolific as a residential architect. This online collection includes many of his most important works, including buildings for the Little Sisters of the Poor (1886), the Gothic Revival Masonic Hall (1867-1871), the Jewish Widows and Orphans Home (1868), and proposals for four different designs for the congregation of Temple Sinai (1870). Residential plans include projects for many wealthy leading citizens of the day, but also more modest homes, including Frerets own home. These presentation drawings are executed on small 19 x 13 sheets, in delicate watercolor. Most sheets include an exterior front elevation and floor plans for one project, but a few sheets have two projects. The Southeastern Architectural Archive also has representation of many other important 19th century New Orleans architects, including father and son James Gallier, Sr. and Jr., brothers Charles Bingley and James H. Dakin, Richard Esterbrook, John Turpin, Thomas Sully, and many others.

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Religious-Tombs and Monuments-Court Houses-Commercial No. 16b
Washington Artillery Monument (Tomb), Design No. 2 with capacity ofr 12 coffins and 42 boxes., seaa@tulane.edu
Religious-Tombs and Monuments-Court Houses-Commercial No. 17a
Front elevation design for the Washington Artillery Monument (tomb)., seaa@tulane.edu
Religious-Tombs and Monuments-Court Houses-Commercial No. 17b
Design for the Washington Artillery Monument (tomb) showing design of front elevation., seaa@tulane.edu
Religious-Tombs and Monuments-Court Houses-Commercial No. 18a
Design for an unidentified tomb showing front elevation and floor plan., seaa@tulane.edu
Religious-Tombs and Monuments-Court Houses-Commercial No. 18b
Design for an unidentified tomb showing side elevation and floor plan., seaa@tulane.edu
Religious-Tombs and Monuments-Court Houses-Commercial No. 19
Sketch for Memorial Tomb, Louisiana Division: Army Tennessee including floor plan and section detail., seaa@tulane.edu
Religious-Tombs and Monuments-Court Houses-Commercial No. 20
Designs for a square or oblong tomb including floor plans and front and side elevation designs for each type., seaa@tulane.edu
Religious-Tombs and Monuments-Court Houses-Commercial No. 21
Drawing of side elevation and section detail of an unidentified tomb., seaa@tulane.edu
Religious-Tombs and Monuments-Court Houses-Commercial No. 22
Side elevation designs for Catafalque and Funerary Cart for Pope Pius IX., seaa@tulane.edu
Religious-Tombs and Monuments-Court Houses-Commercial No. 23
Designs for five different types of gazebos., seaa@tulane.edu
Religious-Tombs and Monuments-Court Houses-Commercial No. 24
Front elevation for design No. 29 , Hotel on 250 Feet Square. Elevation design corresponds with floor plans: Religious-Tombs and Monuments-Court Houses-Commercial No. 25., seaa@tulane.edu
Religious-Tombs and Monuments-Court Houses-Commercial No. 25
Floor plans for design No. 29, Hotel on 250 Feet Square. Floor plans correspond with front elevation: Religious-Tombs and Monuments-Court Houses-Commercial No. 24., seaa@tulane.edu
Religious-Tombs and Monuments-Court Houses-Commercial No. 26
Front elevation and floor plans for a five-story brick store on the corner of Natchez and Tchoupitoulas Streets for Morris McGraw., seaa@tulane.edu
Religious-Tombs and Monuments-Court Houses-Commercial No. 27
Front elevation designs for two, unidentified store buildings on Magazine and Common Streets., seaa@tulane.edu
Religious-Tombs and Monuments-Court Houses-Commercial No. 28
First Design for the improvement (alterations) of No. 51 Camp Street for the Louisiana Savings Bank. Design shows front elevation of the Bank., seaa@tulane.edu
Religious-Tombs and Monuments-Court Houses-Commercial No. 29a
Design for a one-story brick store for C.A. Wilson, Esquire. Design includes small and large store floor plans, alley way, and front elevation., seaa@tulane.edu
Religious-Tombs and Monuments-Court Houses-Commercial No. 29b
Design for an unidentified one-story store showing floor plans and front elevation., seaa@tulane.edu
Religious-Tombs and Monuments-Court Houses-Commercial No. 30
Canal Street Elevation, A Block of Buildings for the Crescent City Railroad Company., seaa@tulane.edu
Religious-Tombs and Monuments-Court Houses-Commercial No. 31
[Canal Street] Elevation of A Block of Buildings for the Crescent City Railroad Company. Design includes building plans, front elevation, and street locations., seaa@tulane.edu
Religious-Tombs and Monuments-Court Houses-Commercial No. 32
Front elevation, first floor plans, and secton detail for two store buildings numbered 76 and 78 on Canal Street., seaa@tulane.edu

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