Blake Pontchartrain: Rhodes Funeral Home on Washington Avenue

The former Tivoli Theatre space opened in May 1926
Hey Blake, What is the story with the great-looking Rhodes Funeral Home building on Washington Avenue near Broad Street?

Blakeview: Albert "Al" Flair

This week we remember a New Orleans baseball great on what would have been his 100th birthday. Albert "Al" Flair was born on July 24, 1916.

Blakeview: New Orleans Square

This space typically focuses on people and places in New Orleans, but this week we remember an event 50 years ago that brought a little bit of the city to southern California: Disneyland. The 3-acre section of the theme park called New Orleans Square opened July 24, 1966.

Blake Pontchartrain: fire station banners in New Orleans

A citywide arts project in the ‘90s placed artworks on nine fire stations
Hey Blake, Do you have any information about the art on the exterior of the fire station on Girod Street in the Warehouse District?

Blakeview: Regal Beer

While Dixie and Jax beers remain familiar to nostalgia lovers, and the Falstaff sign and weather ball are still beacons in Mid-City, one former locally brewed beer may not get as much attention. Regal Beer was brewed at the American Brewing Company's brewery in the 300 block of Bourbon Street until 1962.

Blake Pontchartrain: The oddly shaped Harmony Street house

From church to ballet studio to Beyonce
Hey Blake, I am reaching out to you to settle a question about a house located on the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Harmony Street.

Blakeview: Seignouret-Brulatour House

The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) recently unveiled details of its plans to restore a French Quarter building that many readers will remember as the longtime home to WDSU-TV: the Seignouret-Brulatour House at 520 Royal St. The mansion was built in 1816 for Francois Seignouret, a wine importer and furniture maker. The house changed hands in the 1880s, when it took the name of a new owner: Pierre Brulatour.

Blake Pontchartrain: Aluminum Attitudes and the art of Arthur Silverman

What are those geometric sculptures at the University of New Orleans?
Hey Blake, There are some stainless steel-looking geometric-shaped sculptures in the neutral ground in front of the University of New Orleans on Elysian Fields.

Blakeview: Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Mother Teresa of Calcutta stayed with the Sisters of the Holy Family at their convent on Chef Menteur Highway when she visited New Orleans in 1976. July marks the 40th anniversary of her first visit to the city.

Blake Pontchartrain: The Henriette Delille Inn

The home is named for the founder of the Sisters of the Holy Family
Hey Blake, What is the Henriette Delille Inn?

Blakeview: Shirley and Lee

We pay tribute this week to two 1950s New Orleans rhythm and blues greats who would have turned 80 this month: Shirley Goodman and Leonard Lee. Known as Shirley and Lee, the two were born 10 days apart in June 1936.

Blake Pontchartrain: Little Free Library

How can I set up and stock a free lending library?
Hey Blake, How can I help set up and stock those free lending libraries I see around town?


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