New Orleans Architecture: The Cemeteries

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"Quite possibly the most comprehensive architectural examination of any American city." -Landscape Architecture Magazine "The tourist who does not visit at least one of the old cemeteries just a few blocks from the French Quarter misses an inimitable experience in sepulchral urban design." -St. Louis Post-Dispatch In New Orleans, cemeteries are known as "cities of the dead." Because the city is located below sea level, buried coffins will not stay underground. As a result, residents bury their dead in above-ground tombs and vaults, forming the "buildings" of these "cities" within the city. New Orleans families, organizations, and benevolent societies build lasting monuments, from the simple to the ornate, to their loved ones. Many of the more lavish monuments are known throughout the city as landmarks. Like all New Orleans architecture, the cemeteries capture the unique character of the Crescent City. More than twenty-five years have passed since the publication of the first volume of the New Orleans Architecture series. Pelican and the Friends of the Cabildo remain committed to recording and preserving the unique architecture of New Orleans, having published a total of eight volumes on the subject. The New Orleans Architecture Series consists of Volume I: The Lower Garden District ; Volume II: The American Sector; Volume III: The Cemeteries; Volume IV: The Creole Faubourgs; Volume V: The Esplanade Ridge; Volume VI: Faubourg Treme and the Bayou Road; Volume VII: Jefferson City; and Volume VIII: The University Section, all available from Pelican.
ISBN: 9781565542709
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
State: Louisiana
Series: New Orleans Architecture
Images: 430
Pages: 208
Dimensions: 9 (w) x 11.5 (h)
As one of Louisiana's leading historians and a lifelong observer of Carnival and Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, Louisiana and Mobile, Alabama, Leonard V. Huber (1903-1984) authored many titles about the spirit of New Orleans. As an active member of many local historical organizations, Huber wrote many books and articles on various subjects relating to his love of history, such as steamboats, cemeteries, postal history, Mardi Gras, and New Orleans landmarks. In his prime, Huber was also a businessman and civil leader. He was the president of Victor Huber and Sons, Incorporated, the company which owns and built Hope Mausoleum, a historic New Orleans landmark, as well as Louisiana's first crematory. Huber was also the president of the Louisiana Landmarks Society, the Orleans Parish Landmarks Commission, and the Keyes Foundation. Huber was also a founding member and president of the Friends of Tulane Library, which now holds many of his printed works. Leonard Huber's love of history made him an expert in his field and a connoisseur of the New Orleans' rich history.
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