Q – The Queen Anne Hotel – New Orleans – Preserving the Past Upon Which to Build a Future

QueenAnne_1418852387.jpg.pagespeed.ce.Nh23JmQydRThe hotel has a steep gabled roof, asymmetrical shape and dormer windows, is named for its style of architecture, dating from 1880-1910.

IF ONLY….those cities that are trying to revitalize their historic downtown core areas all  had a Queen Anne Hotel and her surrounding history to rebuild upon. Today, people are choosing to relocate where their is a sense of place to embrace. Throughout the #Challenge, it is my hope that you have come to recognize the important part preservation plays in retaining these wonderful hotels and inns. My goal was to help open your eyes to a new appreciation of your surrounds and architectural assets.

The Queen Anne Hotel is located in the heart of the Garden District, originally developed between 1832 and 1900 and is considered one of the best-preserved collections of historic mansions in the Southern United States. The Hotel is an elegant 1890’s Victorian mansion, a prime example of the spacious homes built by Americans who settled the area following the Louisiana Purchase. An area once filled with plantations, parcels were sold to the New Orleans’ American elite in the late 1840s. The area now know as the Garden District is filled with architecturally notable residences and nestled in lush grounds on oak‐lined streets. A very early example of a luxury suburb, it was dubbed the “Garden District” by travel writers as early as 1852.

In addition to its grand residences, the area is made up of more modest homes in many sizes and styles, as well as a cemetery, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, a shopping corridor along Magazine Street and a large public avenue, St. Charles Avenue. In 1833, this area became the City of Lafayette and was not incorporated into the City of New Orleans until 1852.
The Garden District remains a tightly knit community still occupied by families who have been a part of New Orleans’ most famous social traditions since the 19th century.
The district was laid out by New Orleans architect, planner, and surveyor Barthelemy Lafon.

Originally the area was developed with only a couple of houses per block, each surrounded by a large garden, giving the district its name. In the late 19th century, some of these large lots were subdivided, as Uptown New Orleans became more urban. This has produced a pattern for much of the neighborhood: of any given block having a couple of early 19th-century mansions surrounded by “gingerbread”-decorated late Victorian period houses. The “Garden District” is now known for its architecture more than for its gardens. The Garden District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark.



About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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9 Responses to Q – The Queen Anne Hotel – New Orleans – Preserving the Past Upon Which to Build a Future

  1. wendyj59 says:

    It sounds lovely although maybe a bit elite. If we had a bucket list I think New Orleans would be on it. My son has been there several times and his wife worked there for a year. That hotel looks beautiful.

  2. Love the Queen Ann style. You have found some very enticing hotels!

  3. Kathe W. says:

    very nice post- only went to New Orleans once- wasn’t as good an experience as you had….

  4. Liz Brownlee says:

    I agree -and I think we need to think about preserving all good and interesting examples of all types and eras of architecture, even that built a few years ago. I live in a 600 yr old cottage, and love it. ~Liz http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com

  5. dimsumdolly says:

    Your write-ups on these charming hotels and inns in the US are so interesting! It’s allowing me to travel vicariously around the US – hopefully one day I will make my way to one of them! I love gardening too. Well, I don’t have an actual garden in Hong Kong nor do my parents who live in Singapore (most people live in apartments in these two cities), but my parents and I have lots of potted plants at home!

  6. noelleg44 says:

    I’ve been to N’awlins twice – missed this gem! I was conceived there and spent my first two years there…my husband and I love this city!

  7. aandj8804 says:

    It’s so neat that you’ve done all this research on various hotels throughout the US. I’ve never been to New Orleans, but if I go I will definitely consider staying here. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  8. I’d love to spend some time in a house like this, notebook on my lap. There must be some excellent stories in those walls and blowing through the garden!

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