Southeastern Architectural Archive (SEAA) and the Tulane Digital Library (TUDL) recently completed an exciting digitization project.
The new digital collection consists of architectural drawings made by various nineteenth-century New Orleans architects.
"The Architect's Eye" incorporates highlights from the Southeastern Architectural Archive, the largest repository of architectural records in the southern United States. Selected drawings illustrate nineteenth-century architecture as practiced by the Crescent City's leading designers, many of whom were educated in Europe. Building types include residences, commercial and institutional buildings. Selected drawings hint at the ways in which architectural drafting techniques separated the specialist from the layman. In an era of increasing professionalization, one's ability to render the third dimension on a two-dimensional surface elevated the socioeconomic level of one's clientele and the scale of one's commissioned projects. The collection represents some of the most accomplished architectural designs produced in nineteenth-century New Orleans.
To browse the collection......
Image above: James Gallier, Sr. architect. Mechanics' Institute. Canal Street Elevation. Tchoupitoulas and Canal Street. Circa 1850-51. Sylvester Labrot Collection, Southeastern Architectural Archive, Special Collections Division, Tulane University Libraries.