TAKE A TOUR OF FAUBOURG ST. JOHN


Capture New Orleans from a different perspective. Kayak on Bayou St. John as we guide you along our historic waterway running through the city. We’ll keep with the pace of the city—nice and easy, taking in the southern scenery, hospitality and weather.

The bayou itself was a key component in establishing our city. The Native Americans showed early explorers (Iberville and his brother, Bienville) the bayou as a way to access, at the time, a potential future city from the Gulf of Mexico without having to fight the Mississippi River’s strong currents. While kayaking, you will see some of the older city structures, like the Spanish Custom House and the Pitot House, both built in the late 1700’s. You might hear and catch a glimpse of the happenings at Fair Grounds Race Course, one of the oldest horse tracks in the United States, as well as the site of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. You will be paddling along side beautiful City Park, which houses centuries-old live oak trees. You’ll see New Orleans Museum of Art as you pass the grand entrance of the park. St. Louis Cemetery #3 will be visible from your kayak. The elaborate above-ground tombs are pretty spectacular.

There is plenty of wildlife to observe. It isn’t uncommon to spot a blue herring perched on an old piling or a pelican diving into the water after a fish. At sunrise or dusk you might notice one or 15 of the notorious nocturnal nutria venturing out for a swim and a snack.

Bayou St. John flows through many thriving neighborhoods. You’ll have the opportunity to observe (and maybe interact with) the other wildlife. Folks do all sorts of things on the banks of the bayou—exercise, play, picnic, tag, etc. You’ll certainly get a feel for New Orleans through the local community.

A variety of foliage surrounds Bayou St. John—cypress trees, oak trees, magnolia trees, crepe myrtles, etc. The locals living along the bayou build colorful festive gardens that can be seen while touring.

This experience will bring balance to many things: You’ll find nature in an urban setting, visit history in the present, have a few active hours among several decadent ones, and feel local while vacationing.

Kayaking tours on historic Bayou St. John

Rent a kayak and paddle yourself into paradise!

Take a walking tour of the area!

Rachel Dangermond submitted the information below:

City Park and Bayou St. John
The intersection of Esplanade Ave. at Bayou St. John and
City Park Ave. is one of the points of higher elevation in the
city. Bayou Metairie flowed into Bayou St. John here. Bienville
is supposed to have found the Indian village of Tchou-Tchouma
in 1718 where the Esplanade Ave. bridge is now located. In the
18th and 19th centuries Bayou St. John provided an important
second water route to the city. The mouth of the bayou at
Lake Pontchartrain was protected by a fort built by the Spanish.

Ocean going vessels were able to travel as far as the present
end of the bayou. From this point goods were carried to and
from the city by portage during the 18th century along Bayou
Road. In 1805, a canal was dug, following an earlier canal by
Spanish governor Carondelet, which brought the ships to a
turning basin just behind what is now the Municipal Auditorium
at Basin St.

Statue of Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard
(May 28, 1818 – February 20, 1893) was a Louisiana-born
American author, civil servant, politician, inventor, and the first
prominent general for the Confederate States Army during the
American Civil War. Beauregard was trained as a civil engineer
at the United States Military Academy and served with
distinction as an engineer in the Mexican-American War.

His arguably greatest achievement was saving the city of
Petersburg, Virginia, and thus also the Confederate capital of
Richmond, from assaults by overwhelmingly superior Union
Army forces in June 1864. However, his influence over
Confederate strategy was marred by his poor professional
relationships with President Jefferson Davis and other senior
generals and officials. In April 1865, Beauregard and his
commander, General Joseph E. Johnston, convinced Davis
and the remaining cabinet members that the war needed to
end. Johnston surrendered most of the remaining armies of
the Confederacy to Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, including
Beauregard and his men.

Following his military career, Beauregard served as a railroad
executive and became one of the few wealthy Confederate
veterans because of his role in promoting the Louisiana
Lottery. Today he is commonly referred to as P.G.T.
Beauregard, but during the war he rarely used his first name
and signed correspondence as G.T. Beauregard. Nicknames
were The Little Creole, The Little Napoleon, Bory, Felix

Place of birth: St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana ontreras”
sugar-cane plantation in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana,
about 20 miles (32 km) outside New Orleans, to a white
Creole family, the third child of Jacques Toutant-Beauregard
and Helene Judith de Reggio Toutant-Beauregard. He had
three brothers and three sisters. Beauregard attended
New Orleans schools and then went to a “French school” in
New York City. It was during his four years in New York,
beginning at age 12 that he first learned to speak English.
He trained at the United States Military Academy at West
Point, New York. One of his instructors was Robert Anderson,
who would later become the commander of Fort Sumter and
surrender to Beauregard at the start of the Civil War.

In 1841, Beauregard married Marie Laure Villeré, the daughter
of Jules Villeré, a sugar planter in Plaquemines Parish and a member
of one of the most prominent Creole families in
southern Louisiana.

Marie was a paternal granddaughter of Jacques Villeré, the
second governor of Louisiana. The couple had three children: René,
Henri, and Laure. Marie died in March 1850, while giving
birth to Laure.

Ten years later, the widower Beauregard married Caroline Deslonde,
the daughter of André Deslonde, a sugar planter
from St. James Parish. Caroline was a sister-in-law of John
Slidell, a U.S. senator from Louisiana and later a Confederate diplomat.
She died in Union-occupied New Orleans in March
1864. They had no children together.

On first meeting, most people were struck by [Beauregard’s] “foreign”
appearance. His skin was smooth and olive-
complexioned. His eyes, half-lidded, were dark, with a trace
of Gallic melancholy about them.

His hair was black (though by 1860 he maintained this hue
with dye). He was strikingly handsome and enjoyed the
attentions of women, but probably not excessively or illicitly.
He sported a dark mustache and goatee, and he rather
resembled Napoleon III, then ruler of France—although he
often saw himself in the mold of the more celebrated
Napoleon Bonaparte.

Place of death: New Orleans, Louisiana and was buried in the Tomb
of the Army of Tennessee, Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans

City Park is a beautiful and well maintained
urban park, the largest in the city and fifth largest municipal
park in the United States and, at this writing, is reported to
be one of the safest. In 1854, the first section of the park
was acquired by the city. This tract of land, fronting on
Bayou St. John and present City Park Ave., was part of the
Allard Plantation. The first improvements to the park were
made in the 1890’s. The park is laced with lagoons (the
lagoons along City Park Ave. are part of old Bayou Metairie,
seven miles of them which contain bass and bream), and
trees typical of the region such as magnolias and live oaks
(the dueling oaks are named for the duels that were supposed
to have taken place from 1804 to 1830).

The amusement park area has a fine old carousel dating from
1904. The Casino, dating from about 1914
is the center for information, rentals, and refreshments
(domed band shell and Beaux Art style pavilion were built in
the 30’s). The park has three 18-hole golf courses. Major restorations
and all of the paving of roadways, construction of bridges, drainage
and other improvements in a large area of the park were done under
WPA in the late 30’s.

copy of the Pitot Housec. 1940
800 Moss Street
A modern Pitot House (see 1440 Moss Street) facsimile. One
of the original Pitot House mantels still survives in the newer residence.

Louis Blanc Housec. 1798
924 Moss Street
Formerly the plantation and home Louis Antonio Blanc. The
second story gallery has slender colonnettes and the
French window, jalousies and steep roof are characteristic of
Louisiana colonial plantation houses; similar to Parlange
and Homeplace Plantations elsewhere in the state.

Spanish Custom Housec. 1784
1300 Moss Street
A small-scale typical Louisiana Plantation hose. Various
reasons have been given for the name of the so-called
“Custom House” although there is no real tradition that it
ever functioned in this manner. Probably built for Don
Santiago Lloreins when the land formed part of his
plantation.

Evariste Blanc House
(Holy Rosary Rectory)
c. 1834
1342 Moss Street
Some Greek Revival alterations have been made in this
Bayou St. John plantation house, although evidence of an
earlier style including slender colonnettes and round arched
doors, is plainly visible.

Cabrini High School1964 – 1965
1400 Moss Street

Morel-Wisner House
c. 1850’s
1347 Moss Street
Mid-19th century, possibly constructed as a residence
for the attorney Christoval Morel in the late 1840’s after
he purchased a large tract of land on the Bayou St. John
in 1847. The house served as New Orleans’ first Fencing
Club in the 1880’s and one time as a rowing club. From
1935 until her death the house served as the home of Dr.
Elizabeth Wisner, an original member of the faculty and later
the dean of the School of Social Work at Tulane University.

Christoval Morel’s father, Pierre L. Morel dueled under the
oaks in City Park while his wife (Victorine de Armas) was
pregnant with Christoval. The Duelling Oaks in City Park
have seen some of the most colorful scenes in New Orleans’ history.
For years sword clanged against sword and bullets streaked between
the ancient trees.

An article in the Times-Democrat, March 13, 1892, said,
“Blood has been shed under the old cathedral aisles of
nature. Between 1834 and 1844 scarcely a day passed
without duels being fought at the Oaks. Why, it would not be strange
if the very violets blossomed red of this soaked grass!
The lover for his mistress, the gentleman for his honor, the courtier for
his King; what loyalty has not cried out in pistol
shot and scratch of steel! Sometimes two or three hundred
people hurried from the city to witness these human baitings.
On the occasion of one duel the spectators could stand no
more, drew their swords, and there was a general melee.”

In early Creole days more duels were fought in New Orleans
than any other American city. Creole honor was a thing of intricate delicacy,
to be offended by a word or glance. The Duelling Oaks were a favorite setting
for these affaires d’honneur, with pistol, saber,
or colichemarde, a long sword with a broad forte and very
slender foible, a favorite duelling weapon since the
seventeenth century.

Creoles were expert swordsmen and often delighted in any
and every opportunity to exhibit their art. Duels were fought
over real and trivial insults, were sometimes deliberately
provoked by young men anxious to display their skill. A quarrel between rival lovers,
a fancied slight, a political argument, a difference of opinion regarding an opera,
any one of these things was ample excuse for a duel under the oaks. In his
History of Louisiana, Alcee Fortier states that on one Sunday
in 1839 ten duels were fought here.

In 1855 the police began to enforce the laws against duelling,
but it continued surreptitiously for many years, despite
frequent arrests and prosecutions. Finally, however, the law
began to have some effect and there seems to have arisen a simultaneous
loss of interest in the affairs. At last the time
came when a man challenged to defend his honor with the
sword or pistol, suffered no stigma by refusing an invitation
to the Oaks. By 1890 duelling was only history.

The house is a frame one and a half story Greek Revival style structure raised
off the ground on six-foot-high piles. The large half story created by the gabled
roof is broken by two fine dormers on the Bayou St. John façade. The roof which
extends outward to form a gallery across the bayou façade
is supported by six square wooden columns resting on the
brick piers below.

The entrance façade is five bays wide with the front door
placed at the center. The façade is covered with ship-lap
siding while ordinary weatherboards cover the solid brick
exterior walls. The rear, which once contained a gallery and
two cabinets, has been converted to a kitchen/den/breakfast area.

The house is very similar to raised houses in the Bayou-
Lafourche area. However, by the 1840’s the traditional
Creole plan with no hall had been replaced with the
increasingly popular center hall plan favored by Americans.
As such, this house is an important example of two
different building styles. Morel house is a New Orleans
landmark. New Orleans Designated Landmarks

Pitot House
c. 1796 – 1799
1440 Moss Street (Formerly 1370 Moss Street)
In 1964 as a result of a trade with Cabrini High School
the Pitot House, threatened with demolition, was moved
about 200 feet and is now located in a corner of the
Desmare Playground. It is another fine Moss Street example
of the Louisiana plantation house on a fairly small scale.
While the upper part of the present structure is totally
original, some of the older brick columns were either re-used
or rebuilt after the move. Restored under the auspices of the
Louisiana Landmarks Society. Open Thursday 11 am – 4 pm.

Musgrove-Wilkinson Housec. 1850’s
1454 Moss Street
A large, extremely simple Greek Revival residence, with wide central
hall and plain interior mouldings.

New Orleans Museum of Art1911
City Park
1971 Additions: Stern Auditorium, Wisner Educational Wing
and City Wing – August Perez & Associates, Architects and
Arthur Feitel, Consulting Architect.

The Degas House
Historic Home,
Courtyard & Inn
 2306 Esplanade Avenue 
New Orleans,
Louisiana 70119 
(504) 821-5009 
www.degashouse.com

The Spencer Bohren Tour

photo courtesy Spencer Bohren

Click here for a sample of Spencer Bohren’s music

Faubourg St. John neighbor Spencer Bohren will be touring the country both near and far. Check it out…

I felt it this morning – even here in New Orleans! Perhaps it is a cool front coming in, or perhaps it is the late-year tilt of the planet, but the air just felt different. Yes, yes, it got to 80 degrees today, but not for long, and there was still that unmistakable crisp! That wasn’t here yesterday.

And that means . . . time to hit the road. Tomorrow SPENCER BOHREN and I do just that with a route that is more circuitous than usual. It may sound a bit wild, but that just means we will be closer to more of you with offerings of concerts, residencies, and workshops. So here we go – Hang on!

Wednesday, September 12 – Martinsville, Virginia
THE RIVES THEATER at 215 East Church Street in Martinsville, VA, in the very southern part of the state. Dinner is at 6 pm and the show follows. It is best to get in touch for a reservation. Call our kind friend Len at 276-732-4701.

Friday, September 14 – Pittsburgh, PA
MUSIC NIGHT ON JUPITER – showtime is 8:30 pm. This is a house concert, so you’ll need to check with the host on current availability: musicnightonjupiter@comcast.net

Saturday, September 15 – Scranton, PA
We are pleased to be invited back by Poconotes (http://www.poconotes.com/pages/Poconotes.htm) for a concert. The venue is TRIPP HOUSE, 1011 North Main Street (take a look here: http://www.tripphouse.com), and the venue phone is 888-800-POCO. Showtime is 8 pm. We had a fine time a couple of years ago, with a visit to this community. There were several surprise guests in the audience – folks we hadn’t seen in many a year! Huge kudos go out to Dolores and Pat for their deep love of the arts and the energy to keep Poconotes going. Additionally, we want to thank Dolores for her annual forays to New Orleans to help with the rebuild.

Sunday, September 16 – Hunt Valley, MD
Private Concert

Thursday, September 20 – Rhinecliff, NY
The Friends of Stuart Hall and WKZE 98.1 FM co-sponsor this show at the RHINECLIFF HOTEL. That’s near Red Hook, y’all. Showtime is early – 7 pm – and you can make your reservation by calling 845-750-5260. It should be quite the event, as Spencer is playing the last show of a long-running series. If you are anywhere near, you’d best come by. Need more convincing? Check out the website: http://www.therhinecliff.com

Friday, September 21 – Ashfield, MA
ELMER’S STORE hosts Spencer for their concert series. Located at 396 Main Street, the show goes on at 7 pm. Last time we were in Ashfield, the show sold out quick as a wink, so get your call in NOW: 413-628-4003. It is a sweet venue, and a fine dinner awaits you, as well. Check it out – http://www.http://elmersstore.com It turns out that your host is none other than Nan Parati, the woman who hand letters all the signs for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – a bit of deja vu up in the North Country!

Saturday, September 22 Mahopac, NY
The PUTNAM ARTS CENTER in Mahopac proved to be another delightful venue when we visited a couple years back. Give them a call to reserve your seat: 845-803-8622. Showtime is 7 pm. Mahopac is a sweet town on a small lake north of NYC, one of those towns where you take a deep breath in the morning when you first step out your door and know you are in the right place right now.

Sunday, September 23
Back by popular demand is the MAHOPAC GUITAR WORKSHOP, this time with your host Rob Hammel. Spencer will share his guitar and vocal secrets and squeeze as much guitar playing in as one very full day will allow. He promises your fingers will be sore when you leave, but you’ll have new songs in your repertoire and a smile on your face! To reserve a spot, call 845-803-8622.

Now here is where it gets a little tricky from our end . . .

Tuesday, September 25 – Rockford, IL
Spencer and I will have driven like the wind to get to Rockford for a concert at JUST GOODS, 201 7th Street. Showtime is 7:30 pm, and you can make a reservation by calling 815-965-8903. Both the concert and a school residency on Wednesday are sponsored by the fine folks at the Crossroads Blues Society. Thanks, y’all!

Monday, October 1 to Wednesday, October 3 – Laramie, WY
The UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING presents Spencer in residency for a variety of classes, a concert and a community event. We are delighted to be in the town of Laramie for a few days, a truly Western venue if there ever was one!

Friday, October 5 to Sunday, October 7 – Kemmerer, WY
The WYOMING ARTS ALLIANCE is holding their annual booking conference in Kemmerer this year. Kemmerer is a fossil-hunter’s paradise, known for its variety of fossilized fish. We are hoping for clear weather on the drive over there! It is always a pleasure to meet with the arts folks of Wyoming, and I’m sure this year will be no different. http://www.wyomingarts.org

Wednesday, October 10 to Thursday, October 11 – Bentonville, AR
The OZARK BLUES SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS presents Spencer Bohren to their community in a variety of settings TBA

Sunday, October 14 – New Orleans, LA
The CRESCENT CITY BLUES AND BBBQ FESTIVAL (http://www.jazzandheritage.org/blues-fest/), which runs from October 12 to 14, is chock full of notable blues players, including SPENCER BOHREN from 1:15 to 2:15 on Sunday. This one is FREE, folks, and is held outdoors at Lafayette Square in the lovely City of New Orleans.

Well! That should be enough for now! I will say, though, that from New Orleans we head back out West for several weeks. So if we didn’t get to your area on this leg, we just may do it on the next. See below for a play-by-play.

And we will check YOU out down the road ~

Peace,
Marilyn

Spencer Bohren
http://www.spencerbohren.com/
spencer@spencerbohren.com
http://www.facebook.com/spencerbohren
(504)949-3033 (office)
(504)232-7650 (cell)
3033 Ponce de Leon Street
New Orleans, LA 70119

Sun. October 14
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival in New Orleans

Frid. October 19
BB’s Lawnside BBQ in Kansas City

Mon. October 22 – Fri. October 26
School Residency in Bozeman, MT

Thurs. November 1
Ronan Arts Concert in Ronan, MT

Sat. November 3
Private Party in Worley, ID

Fri. November 9
WYO Theater in Sheridan, WY

Tues. November 13 – Tues. November 20
Residency at Natrona County Schools in Casper, WY

Fri. November 16
ARTCORE Concert in Casper, WY

Sat. December 1
Swallow Hill in Denver, CO

Sun. December 9
Blue Moon Farm in Silverhill, AL

Fri. December 14
Dew Drop Jazz Hall in Mandeville, LA

Thurs. December 20
Snug Harbor Christmas Show

Magical Mystery Tour

by Charlie London
Like the Postcards from Home you see every Sunday at FSJNA dot ORG, the Magical Mystery Tour takes you on a ride in and around Faubourg St. John.

Below you will see an artist who consented to have her picture taken while painting in City Park. City Park offers a magical mystery tour of its own but you have to get up, get out and walk the sidewalks, bridges, and trails to see it.

Every Wednesday look for another part of the Magical Mystery Tour we live everyday here in New Orleans. Every city has something… but New Orleans has that magic and mystery around every corner that you just don’t find other places. Check back at FSJNA dot ORG every Wednesday to see what I mean!

Photo by Charlie London

908 North Rendon

article and photo used with permission of the Preservation Resource Center
photo by Ian Cockburn

Home of Ben Gauslin
By Gabrielle Begue
THIS MODEST, TWO-BAY shotgun was likely built as a rental house around 1906 by French Quarter travel agent Albert Ducombs, whose residence was one block away at 3230 Dumaine, but the property’s chain of title originates with entrepreneur and philanthropist John McDonogh.

Upon his death in 1850, McDonogh donated his vast real estate holdings to the City of New Orleans, which parceled the land in 1859 and sold it off to various parties, who in turn divided up and sold their parcels as smaller lots.

Due to its long-term use as a rental, this bargeboard single saw numerous interior alterations, yet its simple, sturdy bones were still evident to first-time homeowner, architect and Web developer Ben Gauslin, who purchased the house in 2010.
With spare, neutral furnishings and plenty of negative space, the house spotlights the architecture and feels more spacious that the shotgun’s limited dimensions. Each room features a different wall color, the refreshing blues, pinks, and yellows echoing the traditional Caribbean-influenced hues found throughout the city while also highlighting the spaces’ geometry in a decidedly modern way.

Combining his minimalist modern aesthetic with a respect for traditional building methods, Gauslin stripped out unoriginal elements and gutted the house to its worn, glowing pine floors and bargeboard walls. Gauslin re-covered most of the boards with insulation and plaster but chose to leave one interior wall exposed as a celebration of the house’s humble architectural roots. Its dark wood adds warmth and texture to the expansive parlor at the front of the house, which Gauslin created by knocking out an original non-supporting wall that had cut the space into two smaller living and dining areas.

A streamlined, chrome-and-white IKEA kitchen with ample storage space now stretches the length of one wall, offering a study in how to creatively use the challenging, narrow spaces of the shotgun layout.

While most buildings of this type feature a small backyard and side alleys, this house’s unusual off-center placement on the 28-foot-wide lot provides an ample side yard, which Gauslin is currently converting from a cracked concrete driveway to a landscaped patio for grilling, lounging with friends, and playing with his Catahoula-mix dog, Calvin.

Click here to view the original article as printed in the March, 2012 issue of Preservation in Print. Article and photo used with permission of the Preservation Resource Center.

Doesn’t this house sound great? You can see more of this house and many more during the Preservation Resource Center’s Shotgun Tour of Faubourg St. John homes on Saturday, March 31st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The headquarters for the PRC’s Shotgun Tour of Faubourg St. John will be at the PITOT HOUSE at 1440 Moss Street on Bayou St. John.

The tour is just…
$16 for PRC and Louisiana Landmarks Society members
$20 for non-members
$10 each for groups of 10 or more

All tickets are $25 at the Pitot House on the day of the tour so get your tickets early!

Ticketholders will receive discounts from area businesses including Bayou Beer Garden, Cafe Degas, CC’s Coffee House, Cork & Bottle Wine Shop, Fair Grinds Coffee House, Liuzza’s by the Track, Lux Day Spa, Pal’s Lounge, and Swirl Wine Bar & Market.

For more information call (504) 581-7032 or visit prcno.org

SPONSORS of the PRC Home Tour
Abry Brothers, Inc.
Cork & Bottle Wine Shop
Louisiana Landmarks Society
Mothership Foundation
Parkway Bakery & Tavern
Soprano’s Meat Market
Stafford Tile
Uptown Insurance Agency

Tour Headquarters: PITOT HOUSE

Built in 1799, the Pitot House is one of the oldest Creole country house buildings in New Orleans. It is traditional stucco-covered, brick-between-post construction with a double hipped roof and wide galleries. The house is named for James Pitot, the first mayor of incorporated New Orleans, who lived here from 1810 -1819.

Now open for tours and special events, the house was restored in 1960 by the Louisiana Landmarks Society, which uses the building as its headquarters.

Shotgun House ticket holders will have the opportunity to visit the historic Pitot House.

Shotgun Volunteers


Click here to volunteer for the Shotgun House Tour!

Preservation Resource Center is gearing up for its Shotgun House Tour on Saturday, March 31, 2012 . At this event, locals and visitors take a self-guided tour of eight private homes in Faubourg St. John. Each shotgun home has unique architectural features and demonstrates a unique take on New Orleans’ most common house type.

Please support the PRC by volunteering for this great event! We enlist nearly100 volunteers to help staff the tour homes throughout the day as house captains, greeters, and docents. Two shifts are available on Saturday, March 31 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Volunteers will receive one FREE ticket to the tour in exchange for their time. Volunteers are welcome to sign up in groups. They must be 18 years of age or older.

Shotgun House Tour is a tradition for the PRC and proceeds from the Shotgun House Tour go toward the PRC and its Education and Outreach programs. PRC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been preserving, restoring and revitalizing New Orleans’ historic architecture and neighborhoods for 37 years.

You may register as a Shotgun House Tour volunteer online by clicking here or the button above. If you have any questions, contact Sarina Mohan at 504.636.3067 or smohan@prcno.org.

Thank you for your support!

*If you have already signed-up and are receiving this email, you do not need to register again. We will be sending out confirmations with additional information in the next week. Thank you for your patience and your commitment to the Preservation Resource Center.

Sincerely,
The Shotgun House Tour Committee
Jimmy Fahrenholtz and Sarah Hess, Chairs

Click here to learn more.

Faubourg St. John NEWS

Neighborhood News

Postcard from Home Every Sunday
http://fsjna.org/2012/02/postcard-from-home-12/
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Love on the Bayou
http://fsjna.org/2012/02/today-love-on-the-bayou/
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Mardi Gras Legally
http://fsjna.org/2012/02/mardi-gras-legally/
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Neighborhood Meeting this Monday
http://fsjna.org/2012/02/board-meeting-agenda-2/
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BlightStat 31
http://fsjna.org/2012/02/31-flavors-of-blight/
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The Color of Wonderful
http://fsjna.org/2012/02/12524/
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Rail Improvements in the Future
http://fsjna.org/2012/02/new-orleans-rail-gateway-program/
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Magical Mystery Tour Every Wednesday
http://fsjna.org/2012/02/magical-mystery-tour-web-of-lines/
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It’s a Wonderful Life in Faubourg St. John
http://fsjna.org/2012/02/its-a-wonderful-life/
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Pick Up Your Produce Box Here
http://fsjna.org/2012/02/fresh-from-the-farm-at-swirl/
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Burned Car Gets Picked Up
http://fsjna.org/2012/02/blight-attracts-burnt/
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Mid-City Library
http://fsjna.org/2012/02/mid-city-library-to-have-grand-opening/
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Mid-City Cyclones
http://fsjna.org/2012/01/mid-city-cyclones/
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Party with the Women of the Opera Guild
http://fsjna.org/2012/01/party-with-the-women-of-the-opera-guild/
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Support Our Local Artists
http://fsjna.org/2012/01/the-healing-power-of-art/
http://fsjna.org/2012/01/contemporary-crafts-at-jazz-fest/
http://fsjna.org/2012/01/art-world/
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Prevent Flooding, Clean Your Catch Basin
http://fsjna.org/2012/01/city-catches-up-with-faubourg-st-john/
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Carnival Designs Online
http://fsjna.org/2012/01/carnival-designs-online/
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S&WB Wants to Raise Your Rates. Speak Up!
http://fsjna.org/2012/01/rate-increases-and-drainage-funding/
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Neighborhood Author Releases Book
http://fsjna.org/2012/01/neighbor-releases-book/
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Deadline Looming for Matching Fund
http://fsjna.org/2012/01/local-sustainability-matching-fund/
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Red Cross Opportunity During Mardi Gras
http://fsjna.org/2012/01/mardi-gras-volunteer-opportunity/
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Bayou Treme Center on Bayou Road
http://fsjna.org/2012/01/bayou-treme-center/
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List of Mardi Gras Parades
http://fsjna.org/2012/01/2012-mardi-gras-parades/
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Faubourg St. John’s QR Code
http://fsjna.org/2011/12/have-you-seen-me/
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Build a Bike and Make a Difference
http://fsjna.org/2011/12/build-a-bike-and-make-a-difference/
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Lafitte Greenway News
http://fsjna.org/2011/12/lafitte-greenway-news/
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Free Light Bulbs
http://fsjna.org/2011/12/energy-smart/
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View all the links to the BlightStat meetings
http://fsjna.org/category/blightstat-meetings/
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Lots of articles about historical events
http://fsjna.org/category/history-2/
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Check out the Magical Mystery Tour posts
http://fsjna.org/category/magical-mystery-tour/
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Check out the POSTCARDS from HOME posts
http://fsjna.org/category/postcards-from-home/
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Charlie London
http://fsjna.org

Magical Mystery Tour – Pagoda Palace

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.

John Muir

This is one of many shelters throughout City Park in New Orleans. City Park is the nation’s 3rd largest urban park. This scene is just one of the magical mysteries you’ll encounter if you take the time to walk through City Park.

Magical Mystery Tour

by Charlie London

This is the first, in what I hope to be, a long series every Wednesday at FSJNA dot ORG. Like the Postcards from Home you see every Sunday at FSJNA dot ORG, the Magical Mystery Tour will take you on a ride in and around Faubourg St. John.

Below you will see an artist who consented to have her picture taken while painting in City Park. City Park offers a magical mystery tour of its own but you have to get up, get out and walk the sidewalks, bridges, and trails to see it.

Every Wednesday look for another part of the Magical Mystery Tour we live everyday here in New Orleans. Every city has something… but New Orleans has that magic and mystery around every corner that you just don’t find other places. Check back at FSJNA dot ORG every Wednesday to see what I mean!

Photo by Charlie London

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