Welcome! I hope you had a great weekend. We certainly did. Although the weather at Our MT Nest was cold and very windy, we were in south Florida for my high school reunion, and we experienced glorious weather there. We will be returning home later today, so I am hoping the weather will be nicer.
I’ve mentioned before that Mr. MT Nest and I leave the mountains each year for the months of January and February. My blogposts during those two months this year were all about the things we saw and did in St. Augustine, Florida during January and Austin, Texas and the Texas Hill Country during February. After leaving Texas, we visited New Orleans for a couple of days on our way back home. Until now, I haven’t really shared much about our visit to “The Big Easy.” What a fascinating city! It was our first visit to “Nawlins,” but we definitely want to return in the future. In this post I will share some things I saw and learned about the intricate ironwork that is so prevalent in New Orleans architecture.
One of the things we did during our visit was to take a historical, architectural walking tour of the French Quarter. The architecture of New Orleans is a beautiful blend of various European influences with a southern American twist. In the French Quarter, there are so many beautiful buildings that wear the passage of time elegantly.
I was enamored of the lovely ironwork that is so prevalent in New Orleans. On our walking tour we learned about the history of New Orleans and its architecture, and the ironwork is a prominent feature in the architecture.
I learned that there are two types of ironwork, wrought iron and cast iron, but that one type is more common in N.O. Cast iron is an alloy of iron and carbon that has been melted and poured into a mold to create the intricate patterns. Cast iron has a greater amount of carbon than wrought iron. This makes it harder and more brittle. The photo below is an example of cast iron, the type of ironwork that is more common in New Orleans.
Wrought iron has a lower carbon content and is more malleable. It has been heated (not melted) and worked with tools to create the shape. The cemetery gates seen below are an example of wrought iron. The filigree in the columns is cast iron.
Porches, verandas, balconies, etc. are also very common and a part of that New Orleans look.
Did you know that what is shown in the picture above is NOT a balcony? It’s actually a gallery. Before taking this tour, I didn’t know that there was a difference between a gallery and a balcony. When the structure has columns or posts supporting it, it is a gallery. A gallery also is deeper than a balcony. Here are pictures showing the differences.
You never know what you might learn on vacation. Our two days in New Orleans were just enough to let us know that we want to return. I fell in love with the unique and beautiful architecture and especially with the amazing ironwork.
Thanks for stopping by Our MT Nest. I hope you’ll become a regular visitor!
Have you ever visited New Orleans? What was your favorite thing about the city?
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