An Architect and His City: Henry Howard’s New Orleans, 1837–1884

One of the nineteenth century’s most prolific architects but also, until recently, one of the most historically elusive, Henry Howard (1818–1884) called New Orleans home for nearly fifty years. During this time, the Irish native established his career, left an indelible mark on the landscape of Louisiana, and witnessed the growth of one of America’s greatest cities. An Architect and His City: Henry Howard’s New Orleans, 1837–1884, examines the city of New Orleans as experienced by Howard.

When Howard arrived in New Orleans in 1837, the city was the third largest in America and faced an economic crisis and a Yellow Fever epidemic. Over the next several decades, Howard’s career was shaded by the events of his city: from the boom of the antebellum years, through the Civil War, to the challenges of Reconstruction and beyond.

A companion to the new book Henry Howard: Louisiana’s Architect (THNOC and Princeton Architectural Press, 2015), this exhibition will give special consideration to the city’s architecture, urban growth, and municipal improvements. Featured items include maps, rare books, and manuscripts as well as historical and contemporary photographs, including images by Robert S. Brantley, the architectural photographer and author of the newly released Howard book.

An Architect and His City: Henry Howard’s New Orleans, 1837–1884
November 18, 2015–April 3, 2016

Gallery hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.;
Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Admission is free.

Above: Henry Howard; ca. 1875; photograph by Theodore Lilienthal; THNOC, gift of Robert S. Brantley, 2013.0279.2

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