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Southern comfort : the Garden District of New Orleans, 1800-1900 /
S. Frederick Starr ; photographs by Robert S. Brantley.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c1989.
xi, 308 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
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Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c1989.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 296-301.
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Appeared in Choice on 1990-05:
Starr describes the Garden District of New Orleans as "an unparalleled museum for the study of 19th-century architecture and society." He analyzes the causes of the Garden District's emergence as a distinctive and largely homogeneous suburb in the antebellum years, the networks of trade its self-made entrepreneurial elite established, and the houses that proclaimed their owners' status. The author examines the interrelationship of architects, patrons, and builders as well as that of masters, servants, and slaves; the District's ethnic composition and Whig political culture; and gender roles within the home. Ironically, in the post-Civil War years, when a new mythology began to romanticize the Garden District, its architecture became less homogeneous and less noticeably regional or local. Paralleling the breakdown of an older sense of community, new residences were flamboyant, aggressively individualistic, withdrawn from the street. Based upon such records as Notarial Archives, tax rolls, census data, and court records, as well as generations of scholarship, Southern Comfort combines architectural and social history in a creative, persuasive way. Highly recommended. -D. Schuyler, Franklin and Marshall College
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