By Susan Langenhennig, NOLA.com home and garden editor
New Orleans architects share their thoughts on buildings that have shaped the Crescent cityscape over the centuries.
Architect: Shannon French with WDG | Architects Engineers
Which local buildings inspire you? The Doullut Steamboat Houses, 400 and 503 Egania Street in the Holy Cross neighborhood. The first Steamboat House was built in 1905 by husband and wife riverboat pilots Milton and Mary Doullut. The second was built in 1912 by Paul Doullut, their son.
Photo by Ellis Lucia, NOLA.com|The Times-Picayune archive
Holy Cross Neighborhood development project vote
Why do you love these buildings? They were visionary, bold contemporary statements for their time, simultaneously out of place and a perfect synthesis of contextual forces (climate, industrial, social, etc.). It’s as though there were two separate discussions taking place: One on how to make the most functional, breathable, inhabitable building appropriate for a hot, humid climate; the other about how to celebrate the stylistic and cultural collisions taking place in New Orleans — and the world…