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Birds Eye View
27 July 2005 Coleen Perilloux Landry

Birds Eye View

New Orleans, Louisiana

And, I didn't even fall off the roof.
This is only part of a square block complex that was built for just over a million dollars in the early 1900's. The brick walls extend 8 feet into the ground below the basement and all the way to the roof. Most of the flooring in the building is heart pine or slate. The ceilings are wood with wood beams. Can you imagine building that now? From that vantage point I noticed the finer details such as the copper gutter downspouts with ornaments at the top. The tallest part contains a huge room with a skylight that is an art room. These buildings, through the years have housed a Convent, an elementary and high school and a college. The College was discontinued around 1960 but in its stead is a school for 3-6 year olds. It is a girls' school.






A view from the choir loft of the inside chapel. It is the National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor. I hardly ever use a flash if I can help it.


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laine8229-Jul-2005 09:31
Looks a nice haven in there, Coleen. Thanks for the history of this very lovely place.
Linda Willets29-Jul-2005 05:34
interesting building.. enjoyed reading the history of it.. excellent low light shot.
JeremyGood29-Jul-2005 01:00
Nice vantage point of this old building.
poochdad28-Jul-2005 22:32
a girls' school? would be an interesting experience studying within those high walls.
JMPhotography28-Jul-2005 22:19
A million dollars is a lot of money in the early 1900's. I bet that would have cost something like forty million to build these days. You did well with that low light shot. Steady hands.
Al Chesworth28-Jul-2005 22:16
I really like this picture, the architecture is unusual, a lot like some old prisons and institutions in the UK. No offence intended
Stu28-Jul-2005 20:32
They obviously don't want anyone digging their way out!
Marijka28-Jul-2005 20:25
nice angles!!!
Lee Rudd28-Jul-2005 18:57
This is a lovely building, but I did have to make sure it wasnt a prison first! The gardens are especially peaceful looking.
J. Scott Coile28-Jul-2005 16:39
Lucky girls! What a beautiful complex. It would cost a fortune to build today!!! I love the indoor shoot.
Zak28-Jul-2005 16:39
interesting looking building!