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New Orleans Architecture Tours

New Orleans, LA, USA
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About New Orleans Architecture Tours
New Orleans Architecture Tours provides visitors with an understanding of the various New Orleans architecture styles and periods that make our city so unique. Come take a walk with us!
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New Orleans Garden District Architecture Tour

The grand mansions of New Orleans’ Garden District are an icon of the South. Forget fiddling with maps, apps, or guidebooks, and explore with a specialist architectural guide on this informative walking tour. Learn about 19th-century architects, spot celebrity homes, and hear about the different design styles that flourished before the Civil War. Stop by Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 for a dose of southern Gothic.
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2 hours
from $32.00

New Orleans French Quarter Architecture Walking Tour

Discover the architecture of the French Quarter on a New Orleans walking tour that includes insightful commentary on the district’s French and Spanish influences. See landmarks such as the Louisiana Supreme Court, Ursuline Convent, Creole Colonial Buildings, and other edifices that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Your guide shares facts and architectural details that most other tours miss for a comprehensive experience of the neighborhood.
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2 hours
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French Quarter and Cemetery Architecture Tour

The Spanish Period of New Orleans (1762 – 1800) ushered in far-reaching changes across the city’s infrastructure. Both our system of above-ground burial and the Spanish Fire Code of 1794, were introduced during this era, giving us the iconic above-ground tombs and the beautiful brick townhomes, which have defined the city in images for hundreds of years.

The French Quarter & Cemetery Tour takes guests to St. Louis #1, our oldest above-ground cemetery, to discover the reasons for this burial tradition and the types of tombs in our Cities of the Dead. During the French Quarter architecture portion of the tour, we discuss the changes introduced to the city’s architecture by the Spanish Fire Code. We’ll learn the common types of French Quarter buildings, and learn how they reflect the people, politics, culture, and climate of the mid-nineteenth century.
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Creole Architecture of the Marigny Tour

Explore cultural and architectural gems located just off the beaten path on this guided tour of the Marigny neighborhood in New Orleans. As you stroll from the Old U.S. Mint up Esplanade Avenue, admire a range of architecture from opulent mansions to shotgun houses. Learn about the many cultures including Creole, Haitian, and other immigrant groups who contributed to the neighborhood’s diversity in the built environment.
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New Orleans Treme Neighborhood Architecture Tour

The New Orleans’ district of Treme is one of America’s oldest African-American neighbourhoods and famed as the birthplace of Jazz. On this walking tour, discover the rich history and cultural heritage of Treme as you explore the residential neighborhood. Visit landmarks including St. Augustine Church and Congo Square; pose for photos with statues of New Orleans’ musical icons as you stroll around Louis Armstrong Park; and admire the district’s varied architectural styles, from Creole Cottages and Shotguns, to Double Gallery Townhouses.
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2 hours
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BurntTraveler wrote a review Mar 2020
2 contributions2 helpful votes
Postcard handout with different building styles was helpful. Guide Joan does her best imparting as much information as she can (which is alot). Visual aids gave us a good historical and cultural perspective. Joan texted us ahead of the tour so we knew how we were meeting our guide.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Shirley G wrote a review Mar 2020
3 contributions5 helpful votes
Katrina was super knowledgeable and incredibly well informed! She had answers to all our questions and kept the tour a perfect mix of entertainment and education. These tours are perfect for anyone looking to learn something on vacation. Highly recommend - we had a great time!
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Response from nolaarchtours, Owner at New Orleans Architecture Tours
Responded Mar 19, 2020
Thank you for taking the Garden District Tour with me! I am delighted to hear that you felt our tour was both fun and educational. Architecture doesn't have to be stuffy - the houses are beautiful and they tell the story of the city. It's all here - materials available, climate, aesthetics, building tech... so much can be learned from architecture. Thanks for leaving this fantastic review and we will see you next time!
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John R wrote a review Mar 2020
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The tour was very good. the Docent had an architectural degree and is involved in historic preservation in N.O.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from nolaarchtours, Owner at New Orleans Architecture Tours
Responded Mar 19, 2020
Thank you for taking the Garden District Tour. Our guides come from a wide range of backgrounds including architects, preservationists, engineers, urban planners, and New Orleans history buffs. All of them share the goal of using their knowledge and experience to give you the best tour they can. Thanks for leaving this wonderful review!
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Marah B wrote a review Mar 2020
San Francisco, California8 contributions1 helpful vote
We had a nice time on the tour learning about the different styles of architecture in the French Quarter! It was great to learn about the different styles of buildings as well as some of the history behind its development.
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WangAmy wrote a review Mar 2020
Beijing, China3 contributions5 helpful votes
I joined for the architectural tour of the Garden District recently and I really enjoyed it! It was extremely informative and the tour guide was very friendly had no problem answering my many question. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in the architecture of this region. Very glad I did it and just wish I'd had more time to check out their other tours!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from nolaarchtours, Owner at New Orleans Architecture Tours
Responded Mar 19, 2020
Thank you for taking the Garden District Tour! I'm glad to hear that you learned a lot on the tour and all of your questions were answered. We really appreciate you leaving this great review and we look forward to your next visit so we can show you other exciting neighborhoods!
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