WALK EAST ON PRYTANIA STREET, AWAY FROM WASHINGTON AVENUE.
Colonel Short’s Villa
1448 Fourth Street, southwest corner of Prytania Street
This luxurious three-bay side-house was built in 1859 for $24,000. It was designed by architect Henry Howard for Kentucky Colonel Robert Short. There are conflicting stories about the distinctive cornstalk fence - one version has it that Short’s wife complained of missing the cornfields in her native Iowa, so he bought her the cornstalk fence. Another maintains that the wife picked it out of a building catalog because it was the most expensive.
WALK WEST ON PATTON AVENUE.
2605 Prytania Street
As the Garden District developed in the mid-1800s wealthy homeowners shunned the popular Gothic Revival style of the day as being too closely associated with the Creole-Catholic tradition. Charles Briggs, a transplant from London, defied his neighbors and commissioned James Gallier to design a “Gothic cottage” in 1849. Although many mansions built in New Orleans before the Civil War included slave quarters, Briggs is said to have not owned slaves, but instead employed Irish servants. The roomy matching Gothic guest house built as servant quarters repeats the lines of the main cottage.