Tag Archives: Architecture

Not all beautiful structures are pristine…  Some are abandoned and old… With steel corsets covering their bodies, holding them together…  Raw but still worthwhile… Even through a journey of rotten timber to walk on- forever it seems… And are still designated National Historic Landmarks, with millions of dollars pouring in to save it, restore it, make […]

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  • Amy Flory - My daughter’s preschool does a donation drive for a homeless men’s shelter in November and December. I love that she gets to feel the blessing of giving and that it highlights a somewhat forgotten segment of our community. Thank you for your reminder!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - THANK YOU! This continues to be a very real problem in our cities. It especially breaks my heart when I see women or women/children. Your daughters preschool is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Up here we have it as well. I think agencies such as your suggestion are the way to go for donating.ReplyCancel

  • A Pleasant House - The problem is universal. Here, in New Orleans, when the restaurants close, the kitchens hand-out any leftovers, so at least many homeless are eating gourmet. Sounds like a nice thing- but it brings many homeless people TO the city. Double edged sword.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - I am sheltered from this living in the western suburbs of Chicago where I don’t see many Homeless save one last year hanging around he grocery reported to be sleeping in the bushes across the street. Thank you for the reminder during the Holidays and all days of course.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Living in a city they are as thick as the bushes you describe. Some have regular spots and times, others are with dogs, some look like the ‘guy next door’. All have a sad story, are usually mentally ill, or some kind of addict. Problem is a buck or two won’t solve a thing but does get them a ‘fix’, but I still have my hand out with a bill from the car window every damn day. Sometimes food. The other day I drove a diabetic man home who had fallen in a pot hole and was confused. Thank God I had a candy bar in the car. What a World.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Coleman - I love the thought of buying one of those old structures and repurposing it as a home. I like the thought that we all can be repurposed too.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Nicely put Barbara. I like that thought too. I think many times buildings are easier accomplished in this purpose then the people we see on the street. So sad.ReplyCancel

In case any of you were wondering what was going on in the background this summer (while I continued writing and posting for your pleasure)- there was the small challenge of a dreaded House Addition. (oooooh- scarey). Ben and I (and the kids) have been through many of these before. Why? Because I can’t keep […]

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Here in New Orleans    rising from the square, Towering upwards calling    calling all to care. Bell ringing new day    penitents filing in, The haze of night last still    heavy laid with sin. Cleansing of the dear souls    praying for new starts, Bishop lays his hands    Deep within wet hearts. […]

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This is a mostly true story. Mostly. Louisiana was originally settled by the Spanish (1528). Then the French (1662). Then the Spanish- again (1763). French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte took it back (1800) because he was a big-fat-baby about France losing it in the first place. And, finally, Thomas Jefferson, had the good sense to settle […]

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  • bethteliho - Stunning photographs! I love the texture on the building….and the colors….sigh. A painters dream. Very cool story. Enjoyed it. Who wouldn’t want to meet their Cuban lover in a secret alley? 😉ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - That’s why so many painters are here! The colors, the light, the food… (well, maybe not to paint) and a Cuban lover sounds good right?ReplyCancel

  • Corinne Rodrigues - What a fascinating woman! I’m always fascinated by New Orleans although I’ve never visited the US. The mix of cultures, cuisines, music draws me to it – someday, someday! Meanwhile, thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures and stories from there.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - You are so WELCOME Corinne! I’ve got to get to your neck of the woods, as well, some day. Thanks for stopping by!!!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie DeYoung - Oh, such gorgeous photos! And what a fascinating story. I’ve always wanted to visit the French Quarter…now even more so!ReplyCancel

  • Ruchira Khanna - I agree…
    loved that street…so much brightness and positivity oozing from it.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - Love the story and the photos. Beautiful. That face. Such stories to be told. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Dana Hemelt - Next week is the week I’ve visited New Orleans for the past two years, and I am so sad that we aren’t going this year. Your story made me feel a little better, though. Such history!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Beautiful pics!

    Napoleon, of course, tended to bite off more than he could chew, so to speak…ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Napoleon was an interesting little guy wasn’t he. As for the pics- every where you go you see beautiful images to capture. Thanks for the compliment Mr. Photographer.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - You’re such a good photographer! Just gazing at the beautiful building itself tells a story let alone your secret alley 2nd floor flat pretend story that I love. Thanks for the read.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I’m really not- it’s just the subjects that photograph so well. and then a little photoshop magic. HeheheeeReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - And PS: The way you describe the post (above) is spot-on “secret alley 2nd floor flat pretend story”. You got it!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Roy - Great photographs – those colors are gorgeous. That’s an alley I’d like to be in. These photos are so painterly. Love it. And what a story – what a woman. Inspiring for sure.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - There are hundreds of secret places in the city. And even more interesting stories. Thanks for stopping by Linda!ReplyCancel

  • conniemcleod - Have you read Anne Rice’s Feast of All Saints? She really tells that slice of history well.ReplyCancel

  • Rich Rumple - I truly miss that city … but not the hurricanes the Gulf Coast is so well known for! lol I’m curious about this inspiration comment. Hmmmm … maybe some things are better left unsaid. Nice twist with the history and the human element. Good job!ReplyCancel

  • A Pleasant House - Ah ya know, sometimes I just walk around and a story pops in my head. There’s just so much to look at! Thanks for stopping by Rich!ReplyCancel

If you love architecture (and I do) and you lovelovelove old houses (and I better because I’ve owned enough of them), then you have probably looked lovingly at your sweet gal and seen her wink back at you.No?Look again.Because buildings have personality, and age, and argue with their inhabitants, and scold, and love, and keep […]

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  • Shannon Bradley-Colleary - These doors remind me of the Garden District in New Orleans. Full of mystery and ghosts and fecund glamour. I’m not sure what fecund glamour means, but it just seems right.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - And you would be RIGHT! The Garden District- my home (I’m fanning myself and batting my eyes). I’m not sure what ‘fecund’ means either- but I like it. It seems bollingly appropriate. (I just made that one up). Again-seems right some how.ReplyCancel

  • michelle - What a collection. They are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie DeYoung - I love doors – particularly antiques, or painted bright colors. Someday, I’ll have a door with personality.ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - Oh I love old houses!! Those doors are truly fabulous! I come from an old city too (Calcutta) so I grew up surrounded with vintage stuff!! Love it!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Wouldn’t that be a great photo opportunity? The doors of Calcutta! What an idea! You should gather some photo’s Roshni!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - They do look lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - I am knocking on your door or doors. Love all of these entrances to the soul of the house doors for different reasons. Queen of the Day post!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I LOVE doors! I’d collect them if I could. As for Queen of the Day- every damn day if you ask me….;)ReplyCancel

  • Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design - Oh, I love those doors and all the architectural details. Makes me want to head straight for your town!
    Thanks Patty at Home and Lifestyle DesignReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - You wouldn’t believe the architecture here! Just throw a stone any direction! Call me if you ever come my way!ReplyCancel

  • Petra - So beautifully stated, so simple and true….what a good approach!ReplyCancel

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