Colors and Architecture of the French Quarter [and a short horror story]

There has been a lot of writing done about the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana, that I don’t think there would be anything else new that I could add. The French Quarter is a prime tourist destination in the city.  People that go on tours there receive pretty much the same kind of information. Those that are completely unfamiliar with the place should learn that the French Quarter is also known as the Vieux Carré, because it first developed around the Old Square (its meaning in English). It is the oldest neighborhood in the city of New Orleans. Today, people are calling it using the short name The Quarter.

The district is considered a National Historic Landmark because of the historic buildings that were constructed during the second half of the 18th century and the first half of the 19th century. Despite the eclectic mixture of French, Spanish, and Italian styles of architecture that sometimes are found next to each other, the buildings’ features seem to blend very well aesthetically and offer an attractive image and pleasant feel to the neighborhood. During my first visit to New Orleans, I decided to walk the streets and take pictures of anything that caught my eye. When I looked at the pictures afterwards, I seemed to be focused more on the color and shape of different parts of the actual construction or on the greenery found in planters and flower baskets that were decorating almost all the deck railings, ceilings, and staircases of each building. So, I made these features my focal point.

*** Majority of the buildings pictured were located in the French Quarter. There may be some that are located in the suburbs at the borderline with the French Quarter.

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The gray house belonged to the actor Nicholas Cage for a while. It has been said that it was a haunted place. The following is the story I was told about this house. An orthopedic doctor that lived in this house was experimenting different machinery on slaves that were tortured by having parts of their bodies twisted in awkward positions. His wife, Madame Delphine LaLaurie, that owned the house prior to her marriage to the doctor, was no better. She was also treating her slaves very badly. It seemed that something happened between her and one of her female slaves that made the slave woman jump out of one of the windows.

In order to protect the house against her spirit the owners blocked the window completely with concrete. When the couple found out that the town became aware of their secret they abandoned the house and left town without disclosing their destination. The house is currently empty. Somehow it had seemed difficult to be occupied for longer periods of time since then. It is also said that you could hear people screaming when you pass by the house.

Those that are more interested in finding out more about Madame Delphine LaLaurie can go to However, you will find her story as shown in the movie and is different from the story I was told. She is portrayed by the actress Kathy Bates. Here there are movie “Quotes” that I found at the same website.


  • To her tortured slaves: “Bonsoir, my pets. Did y’all miss me?”
  • To one of her slaves: “Hush up or I’ll rip your lips open and stuff more shit in there.”
  • To Louis LaLaurie: “My great literacy began with Greek mythology. I used to sit on daddy’s lap and he would read me those stories. Full of those vengeful gods and miraculous creatures. But the Minotaur was always my favorite. Half man, half bull. And now I have one of my very own.”
  • To Queenie: “Out my way, slave!.”
  • To Queenie: “No, you stay away from me, you stay away from me, you hear me?! YOU STAY AWAAAAAAAY!”
  • To Marie Laveau: “Salut.”
  • To Marie Laveau: “I am Madame Marie Delphine LaLaurie, and yo ain’t nothing!”
  • To Borquita: “And you, ringleader of the feeble-minded, you’ve earned a special present. On Christmas morning I’m gonna stuff your conniving mouth full of shit!”
  • To Marie Laveau: “What you gonna do? Kill me? I can’t die.”
  • To Queenie: “You made me weep, but not as you would have it for my supposed sins. I wept for the state of this world, a world of lies, a world that makes promises it cannot keep. To tell a colored man that he can be equal to a white man, there’s a real cruelty. I’m not going anywhere.”
  • To Fiona: “Liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiies.”

In New Orleans, Louisiana also see Historic Homes Across the Mississippi River [Algiers Point]It Was An Unexpected Invite [inside a private historic home in New Orleans]Walking On Esplanade Avenue, Thursday Doors and On Bourbon Street the Night Before Mardis Gras 2017



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