21 Photos - Feb 22, 2014
Photo: 21Feb14MostlyDelphine.  2337 Government St., now decorated for Mardi Gras.Photo: 21Feb14MostlyDelphine.  The tall palms  in the corner of the walled yard of 2337 Government (now decorated for Mardi Gras).  I had to photograph them—as irresistible as the LSU oaks.Photo: 21Feb14MostlyDelphine.  In Evergreen, looking W over the newly trimmed hedge of the non-New Orleanian large house facing Government, at 2337.Photo: 21Feb14MostlyDelphine.  NE Corner of Delphine and Spain.  English Cottage house.Photo: 21Feb14MostlyDelphine. Just N of parking lot behind the Evergreen houses, a neat bungalow facing W on Delphine, with potted plants ready for Spring gardening.Photo: 21Feb14MostlyDelphine. Paved and marked parking in area cleared for clients of lawyers in modified houses facing Government, to west of facade house there. Behind fence, but separate from enclosure of corner garden, the rear elevation of the two first residences facing Evergreen.Photo: 21Feb14MostlyDelphine. View through from wall enclosing yard of house with facade 2337 Government, showing newly shorn bamboo and rear ground-level addition (e.g., workroom?) to neat house next behind it facing Evergreen. Trimming of frozen tropicals was going on all over today.Photo: 21Feb14MostlyDelphine. Large house on Delphine not far north of Government.Photo: 21Feb14MostlyDelphine. House with Spring plants on porchPhoto: 21 Feb 2014  Delphine at Spain, looking NW.Photo: 21Feb14MostlyDelphine.  2305 America Street (number legible on house).  The gardener has been here, too, to trim the frozen growth.  But I took this for its great tree; these are so much finer when bare.Photo: 21Feb14MostlyDelphine.  Dephine (sign at far left), where North Blvd was abandoned to non-coded industrial.Photo: 21Feb14MostlyDelphine. Just as when you cross North Blvd at the north edge of Beuaregard Town and 18th St at the west edge of the Garden District, there is a jog and the "pretty" street names are abandoned; instead of Delphine you have 23rd. And the streets are narrower.Photo: 21Feb14MostlyDelphine. General view of Delphine Street. The west side, at right, wholly restored; the left side in progress. This was not flooded like New Orleans in 2005, nor did it suffer much worse than the Zadok-sponsored Garden District (just across Government Street). It may be possible that problems with drugs were destructive (they were so even in the zone-protected tracts across Government Street, though you'd never guess it now). If this neighborhood just two or three blocks away to the north continues to be so well renovated, it will render great good to the whole mid-city.Photo: 21Feb14MostlyDelphine.  Boarded up and surely prepared for revnovation.Photo: 21Feb14MostlyDelphine..Here on the west side of Delphine, a completed row of the well-built 3 X 1, nicely varied just as the 1920s catalogs provide. Yes, of course, there are no Kits now, but there are plently of catalogs, and our contractors (or even Habitat?) know perfectly well how to build to replace these (individual examples occur also west of Park Blvd and south of Government, within it the Zadok Garden District: brand new).Photo: 21Feb14MostlyDelphine.  General view of the 4-room house raised for leveling, I think.  I count the high windows at left as a bathroom; if a kitchen it will count as more than 4 rooms.  If a duplex, ....Photo: 21Feb14MostlyDelphine. Yes, a duplex (two front doors).  On the west side of Delphine, in the long block from America to Government St., here is 2 X 2 room, perfectly sound but prepared to receive new pillars (it COULD be going to be moved, but new floors seem more likely; see new joists at right).Photo: 21Feb14MostlyDelphine At the corner of Delphine and America. It occorred to me today that the empy lots in this neighborhood that corresponds to Drehr Place on the south side of Government may have been, recently, deliberately cleared with a view to an enlightened rebuilding of the entire neighborhood, no longer to suffer from having so many four-lane through streets (let alone I-110) running through it: 19th, 22nd, those parallel to Florida.Photo: 21Feb14MostlyDelphine. The first two (100 block) of the 1 X 3 room bungalow style on the E side of Delphine at North Blvd. (Across North Blvd, Delphine has a jog and becomes 23rd St.)  These are brand new and evidently just as well built as the originals survining at S 22nd at Tulip in the GD and in Beauregard Town.Photo: 21Feb14MostlyDelphine.  At the corner of 22nd and Government...