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Date Door and Live Oak
12 October 2005 Coleen Perilloux Landry

Date Door and Live Oak

I took this photo to show how well the live oak tree sustained the hurricane. All over New Orleans the live oaks are bruised but still standing.
When the Academy had a boarding school and the Ursuline nuns were still a cloistered order, this was the door where the girls met their dates to go out. There is a little grillwork window in the door where the nuns would speak to the dates before letting the girls out the door. This entrance is still known as "the date door."

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Christine Bruce 14-Jan-2008 23:28
Dear Collen, The date door goes back to the college boarding students. The last year of the college, I believe was 1953. I boarded fulltime from September of 1953 until I graduated in May of 1957. I can promise you that no male crossed that thresh hold as a date during those years.