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Vestiges of Grandeur

Vestiges of Grandeur

The Plantations of Louisiana's River Road

By Richard Sexton, With Aerial Photographs by Alex MacLean, Introduction by Eugene Darwin Cizek


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In an evocative sequel to the acclaimed New Orleans: Elegance and Decadence, author and photographer Richard Sexton returns with an in-depth visual journey through the hidden mansionssome inhabited, many now long abandonedof Louisiana's River Road. Bordering the Mississippi, these antebellum landmarks were once the epitome of gracious living in the Deep South. Over the past century, these grand dwellings have slowly succumbed to time, humidity, and the reclamation of the land: first by nature, then by real-estate developers who built subdivisions, oil refineries, and strip malls where curtains of Spanish moss once swayed from the live oaks. This collectionfeaturing over 200 haunting color photographs with extensive captions explaining the architectural significance and history of each structureis a beautiful elegy for a rapidly disappearing landscape and its ghosts.

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Size: 9-7/8 x 9-7/8 in;
Pages: 256 pp;
Over 200 color photos
Format: Hardcover
Publication: October 1999
ISBN: 9780811818179
ISBN10: 811818179
Richard Sexton is a New Orleans-based photographer, writer, and lecturer. He also teaches photography at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Southern Accents, Garden Design, and Smithsonian. His many books include Vestiges of Grandeur (0-8118-1817-9) and Gardens of New Orleans (0-8118-2421-7).

Alex MacLean is the author of Look at the Land and coauthor of Taking Measure across the American Landscape. He lives in the Boston area.

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