You’ve got your regular gothic and then you’ve got your steamboat gothic. The Steamboat Gothic houses in New Orleans aren’t in our neighborhood but they are a short bike ride away.
Here is a picture of La Belle Esplanade:
We live on a beautiful street with unique architecture, to be sure, and La Belle Esplanade is a colorful local landmark known about town but the bright orange house with blue shutters doesn’t get written up the way the Steamboat Houses do. Steamboat Gothic New Orleans is summarized in these two house, each across the street from the other.
This is the Steamboat house closest to the Mississippi River levee:
This is the other one that is across the street:
You’ve got your tourist New Orleans in the French Quarter and on Frenchmen Street, and, then, you’ve got your real New Orleans that most people who visit our fair city never see. That’s too bad. Real New Orleans is better.
Get yourself into an authentic New Orleans state of mind!
-La Belle Esplanade
Saturday, June 22, 2019: We live in a kaleidoscope of a city. There are many facets to this magical city. You don’t need to stay in or see this part, do you?
Guess what? If you are here for a convention or if you are staying in a big chain hotel, this is where you’ll be. Come to La Belle Esplanade. The real New Orleans is calling you. Stay at La Belle Esplanade. TripAdvisor has ranked us the #1 small hotel in New Orleans since April 2014. There are good reasons for this. The reviews don’t lie. If you are looking for another blog about La Belle Esplanade, click here. There is even more years’ worth of archives and whimsy awaiting you there.
The grounds of the Steamboat houses sure have changed for the better since the last time I wrote about them—- in 2013!