Gateway to New Orleans: Bayou St. John, 1708-2018

Gateway to New Orleans: Bayou St. John, 1708-2018



Mary Louise Christovich

Florence M. Jumonville

Heather Veneziano


Hilary Somerville Irvin

R.Stephanie Bruno

Heather Veneziano

S. Frederick Starr


Robert S. Brantley

Jan White Brantley


Preface by Richard Campanella


Louisiana Landmarks Society’s Gateway to New Orleans: Bayou St. John, 1708- 2018traces the history and architecture of the historic Faubourg St. John in New Orleans, from pre-colonial days through its evolution from a glorious semi-rural village into a popular suburban neighborhood. Although published to commemorate the tricentennial anniversary of the founding of New Orleans, the volume has its inceptions years ago in the work of the late preservationist and writer Mary Louise Christovich. Her research and vision of recording the history and architecture of New Orleans' first European settlement comes to fulfillment in this handsomely illustrated and thoroughly documented work. Through rich narratives, scholarly research, and gripping historical accounts, the book transcends a mere architectural survey of the neighborhood. The boundaries of the historic Faubourg St. John set the parameters for coverage from the north side of Orleans to the south side of Esplanade Avenue and from the west side of North Broad to both banks of Moss Street. Personalities, as well as geographical and economic factors and architectural trends, are explored along the way, utilizing Orleans Parish’s richly abundant and unique archival resources. Exquisite full-color photographs by Robert and Jan Brantley provide contemporary views of the neighborhood, supplementing the text and pairing with notarial drawings, historical photographs, and paintings to yield a visual understanding of the landscape of this bayou neighborhood and its influence on the establishment of the city. Without it, New Orleans would not exist where it does today.


ISBN 978-1-946160-24-9

200 pages, hardcover, 2018; $39.95

Published by Louisiana Landmarks Society (June, 2018), University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, the Center for Louisiana Studies.

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