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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Early Lake Vista

In the late 1930s, New Orleans architect Douglass V. Freret was commissioned to design a series of homes for the new Lake Vista subdivision. These modest residences were clustered along Egret Street/Hydrangea & Nasturtium Lanes and were "modern interepretations of the Colonial Cottage."

The ten homes were constructed simultaneously, with reinforced concrete foundations, southern yellow pine framing, asbestos shingle roofs and cypress weatherboarding. Exterior paint was comprised of lead and oil, interior finishes were woodwork and enamel.

Images above: "Lake Vista: New Orleans' Famous Lakefront Subdivision Proudly Presents Four Outstanding Examples of Better Living Homes in Ten Splendid New Units." Brochure & Photograph. c. 1940-41. Freret & Wolf Collection, Southeastern Architectural Archive, Special Collections Division, Tulane University Libraries.

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