Irish Channel architectural survey, 1974-1976.

Manuscripts Collection 505 is a survey of the New Orleans neighborhood known as the Irish Channel, a part of town which is bounded by Philip, Delachaise and Constance Streets, and the Mississippi River. For each of the approximately 3,600 housing units standing in the mid-seventies, there is a 5 x 8 inch printed form with handwritten notes regarding: street, number, original use, present use, style/type, materials, architectural/historical rating, physical condition, number and kind of trees, general comments and negative factors. Each structure is featured in a black and white contact print, many of which include parked cars. Included also are handwritten and photocopied typed sheets, journals of projects, flyers, and photographic negatives, summary statistics for the area, Trinity Episcopal Church survey, and class notes of some of the students who produced the survey as part of an Architecture Seminar in Historic Preservation given by Dr. Bernard Lemann at Tulane University, fall 1975.

For more historical information about the Irish in New Orleans, see "If I Should Fall From Grace With God," (today's post by Mark Folse in Odd Bits of Life in New Orleans).

Caption: 433 First, brick doubles, from Irish Channel architectural survey, 1974-1976, Manuscripts Collection 505, Louisiana Research Collection. Please request permission for reproduction of this image.

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