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BOOKS: Southern Comfort: The Garden District of New Orleans, 1800-1900

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by S Frederick Starr. Princeton Architectural Press, 1998. 264pp. £28

Frederick Starr's Southern Comfort was enthusiastically reviewed when first published by mit Press in 1989, writes Andrew Mead. The Garden District of New Orleans, its humid atmospheric streets full of white-painted Greek Revival and Italianate mansions, tends to be marginalised in histories of American architecture; Starr redresses the balance with a detailed, highly readable study whose focus is social and cultural as much as architectural - and which treats this grid-planned district firmly as a suburb, the precursor of so much twentieth-century development in the US. This 'revised and updated' Princeton Architectural Press edition profits from some 90 new colour photographs and improved layout to become an absorbing marriage of image and text. Below: the Carroll House, 1315 First Street, 1870s, with the ironwork galleries that proliferated in the district after the Civil War.

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