Thursday, May 19, 2011

Selling Braithwaite

In 1927, the Braithwaite Land and Liquidation Company commissioned surveyor D.G.W. Ricketts to map Braithwaite Plantation -- formerly Orange Grove -- and its newly subdivided tracts in Plaquemines Parish Township 13 & 14 South / Ranges 12 & 13 East. The E-Z Opener Bag Company, United Railway & Trading Company, and the Orange Grove Refining Company purchased properties here.

Ricketts, Seghers & Dibdin, Civil Engineers & Surveyors published the requisite map, including its inset "Key Map Showing Braithwaite, La. and its locations with reference to the City of New Orleans and Rail & Water Facilities as well as accessibility to chief national centers of population" 13 March 1931. Not only was proximity to other industries emphasized, but so too were express services and the region's average annual temperature, rainfall and humidity.

Image above: Guy Seghers Collection, Southeastern Architectural Archive, Special Collections Division, Tulane University Libraries. Detail of Map of Braithwaite Plantation formerly Orange Grove Plantation (New Orleans: 1931).


engineer said...

D.G.W. Ricketts was my Grandfather and and a very talented man and excellent calligrapher. He drew the map of the Battle of New Orleans positions which is on the wall at a museum in New Orleans. His son G. B.S. Ricketts was an engineering graduate of Tulane University and traveled the world as an engineer for Kiaser Aluminun till his retirement in the 1970s.

Keli Rylance said...

Thanks much for posting this! The map is a very fine one, and you should stop by and see it sometime if you are in the area. The image above is but a detail of it.