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Bienville's Dilemma: A Historical Geography of New Orleansby Richard Campanella
Synopses & Reviews
A nostalgic journey back in time to visit the lost sites of New Orleans in all their grandeur
Organized chronologically, starting with the earliest losses and ending with the latest, this book features much-loved New Orleans insitutions that failed to stand the test of time, such as grand buildings erected in the Victorian era that were too costly to be refurbished, or movie theaters that the age of television made redundant are featured. Alongside the city's iconic and much-missed buildings, it also looks at the industries that have declined or left town. More than 60 losses from 1900 up to the present day include the Old French Opera House; New Orleans Cotton Exchange; Old Masonic Temple; Poydras Market; Chess, Checkers, and Whist Club; Charity Hospital; Olivier Plantation House; Washington Artillery Hall; Union Railroad Depot; New Orleans Public Library; Solari’s Delicatessen; Sugar and Rice Exchange; Godchaux’s; Tulane Stadium; Rivergate Exhibition Hall; Lower Ninth Ward; and Le Beau House.
Bienville's Dilemma is a historical geography of the city of New Orleans that primarily focuses on the dilemma of the city's site versus its situation.
About the Author
Richard Campanella is a geographer with the Tulane University School of Orleans and the author of seven critically acclaimed books about New Orleans, including Bourbon Street: A History, Lincoln in New Orleans, Bienville’s Dilemma, and Geographies of New Orleans. The only two-time winner of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Book of the Year Award, Campanella has also received the Williams Prize for Louisiana History, the Tulane Mortar Board Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Hannah Arendt Prize for Scholarship in the Public Interest, and the Monroe Fellowship from the Tulane's New Orleans Center for the Gulf South. He lives in New Orleans.
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