New Orleans Architecture Series Creole Cottage

Dated: 03/08/2013

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Creole Cottage

One of the classic architectural styles for homes in New Orleans is the Creole Cottage. This style of home, popular from 1790-1840, is a mainstay throughout the New Orleans-French Quarter&beds=0&baths=0&min=0&max=100000000&map=0&quick=1&submit=Search' title='Search Properties in French Quarter'>French Quarter, Marigny and Bywater. The Creole Cottage exhibits both French and Spanish influence, and they are famous for their gabled dormers, stucco or weatherboard siding exterior, hipped roofs, multi-light French doors with vertical board shutters, and often their firewalls—built on each end of the home. Many times the properties included outbuildings, generally two stories high, which were built in the backyards of the properties. The very early Creole cottages were constructed of heavy timbers, with brick infill stucco-ed over for protection against the heavy humidity and moisture found in New Orleans. In brick masonry cottages, the gabled side-wall would normally extend a foot or more above the roof line, protecting the general roof from fire by serving as a firewall or barrier.


Some believe Creole cottages may have originated in the West Indies and were introduced to New Orleans by refugees from Haiti. These common and straightforward houses were the most common architectural style within the city in the early 1800s. In most instances, the Creole cottage is very square in shape and is fronted by a sidewalk. The typical layout plan hosted 4 square rooms arranged symmetrically. Two “cabinets” were included in the front or back of the home, with one containing a spiral staircase to the attic, which often served as an additional sleeping room.

In today’s New Orleans, these homes are highly desirable, often for their New Orleans-French Quarter&beds=0&baths=0&min=0&max=100000000&map=0&quick=1&submit=Search' title='Search Properties in French Quarter'>French Quarter locales, historical ties and significance to the city, and for their perfect get-a-way, or vacation home size.

Photo credit & Source: Lloyd Vogt, New Orleans Houses – A House-Watcher’s Guide, Pelican Publishing, Gretna 2003.

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Clint LaCour

Prior or founding Rêve | Realtors along with three other top producing agents. Clint served on the Agent Leadership Council member at Keller Williams | New Orleans, which is home to over 100 real est....

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