Thursday, August 02, 2007

House-A-Day:* Lemon-Grape


Purple, meet yellow. Yellow, purple. Another notable feature of the local cityscape is the broad and bright array of house-colors,** from gentle blues, and greens to vivid Pepto-Bismol-pinks and toothpaste-turquoises.***

* This is technically two houses. Do I get tomorrow off?

** Though in recent years, a putty/beige fad has swept through the tonier neighborhoods. It bores and saddens me to see long rows of gorgeous, gloriously detailed houses painted in near-monochromatic gradations of off-blah, carefully selected by some overpaid color consultant who reads too many Martha Stewart magazines.

*** The Pepto-Bismol-pink and toothpaste-turquoise are so common in certain parts of the city, one imagines a massive bargain-basement sale where they sold it off by the truckload: "No one else wants this stuff. Ship it to New Orleans."


  1. I like the lime one to the right of the lemon one as well...

  2. Yeah, green-flavor. Mint?

  3. I love the colors. You see similar colors in other colonial architectres - see the islands, even Russia - old baroque cities like the same palette. this is why I wanted to visit/live in New Orleans when I was younger. Never did. Now that one of my best friends moved there with his wife, this will have to change.

  4. btw, is that shotgun architecture? my friend (mentioned above) was talking about NO "shotgun houses" where all the rooms are in a straight line.

  5. Yep, exactly. These are single shotguns. (I forget what they called them when we lived in New York. Railroads? Rail cars? Rail something...) They're all over the place, sometimes stretching to wonderfully absurd proportions. It's not uncommon to see houses barely ten feet wide and almost a hundred feet long. (Though the walk-through-one-room-to-get-to-another set up is a bit of a drag if you have roomates or kids.)

    Then we've got double-shotguns which are like two of these smooshed together to make two side-by-side apartments. And there's camel-backs which are a shotgun with a second story in the back half like the hump of a camel. And Creole cottages, and... Anyway, there's a lot of weird styles and a lot of weird terminology to describe them.

  6. Anonymous8:06 AM

    I had one (corner of Oak and Burdette) that I best described the color of as "eraser".