Thursday, December 23, 2010


Elf in Gentilly (elfin Gentilly): People (justifiably) talk a lot about New Orleans' remarkable architecture, but they're usually thinking of the "old" stuff, the 18th and 19th century stuff. Less attention is paid to the not-so-old stuff, but we have some seriously weird and interesting houses built in the first half of the last century, what I in my jargon-ignorance will call 20th Century Eclectic. For example, the neighborhood of Gentilly, which I drive through every day to and from work, has a bunch of these teeny weird little elfin bungalows. Most of the year they look slightly incongruous, but at Christmas-time they really come into their own. Throw a couple ribbons and a few candy canes up there and it's like you're at the North Pole... except, of course, for the seventy degree temperatures and complete absence of snow or ice. (The man who made Sarah's wedding dress lived in a house much like this one. And he was, in fact, very elfin. Hmm.)

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