Tuesday, August 12, 2008

New Orleans Location Unknown: UPhO #1


Walker Evans took this photograph in January 1936 for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). He identified it on a caption card as "Degenerate period of early twentieth-century New Orleans architecture. Louisiana."

PBS will air a new documentary about the FSA starting in August. "Documenting the Face of America: Roy Stryker and the F.S.A./O.W.I Photographers" is narrated by the chairman of the N.A.A.C.P. Julian Bond. It will air on station WLPB on August 18 at 9:00 pm.

Does anyone know where this structure was/is? This is the first in a new series of Unidentified Photograph Objects. . . from the collection of the Southeastern Architectural Archive. The reproduction of the uncropped print from the nitrate negative (click on thumbnail in the above right) may help for context.

UPDATE: Thanks to flickr anthonyturducken for ID-ing this house as the structure at 1439 Annunciation!

[Photograph Left: Detail of Walker Evans, Degenerate Period of Early Twentieth-Century New Orleans Architecture. 01.1936. Copy print from the FSA-OWI Collection/Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress LC-USF342-001291-A. Southeastern Architectural Archive, Special Collections Division, Tulane University Libraries; Right: Walker Evans, Degenerate Period of Early Twentieth-Century New Orleans Architecture. 01.1936. Uncropped print from nitrate negative, FSA-OWI Collection/Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress LC-USF342-001291-A. ]

5 comments:

anthonyturducken said...

looks like Annunciation

http://www.flickr.com/photos/anthonyturducken/2627535623/

anthonyturducken said...

definitely 1439 Annunciation at Euterpe

http://www.flickr.com/photos/anthonyturducken/2766703700

Keli Rylance said...

Oh, wonderful! Thank you very much.

Rick Fifield said...

The building partially burned in the area of the tower in the 1980's and was restored in the mid-1990's, by Michael Burke, as a two family residence. I was the architect for the restoration project.

Keli Rylance said...

Thank you for the additional info, Rick!