Mid-Century Modern Architecture in New Orleans

Posted by Julie Koppman on Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 at 2:42pm.


The mid-century modern style may not be the first that comes to mind when you think of classic New Orleans architecture, but its distinctive lines, philosophy, and believers made an impression on the city that still exists today.

Built between the mid-1940s and the 1970s, the style was created and pursued by architects looking to the modern era and all the possibilities the future held for healthy living and social change. Its characteristic features include flat roofs, wide facades, large windows, floor-to-ceiling glass-sliding doors that encouraged integration with the outdoors, spacious, open layouts and terrazzo floors.

While some of the most well-known names associated with the style include Frank Lloyd Wright, there were a number of New Orleans modernists whose work during that time can still be appreciated today. Notable architects such as Albert Ledner (an apprentice of Wright’s) and the firm of Curtis & Davis designed and built mid-century modern homes that thankfully have been preserved and renovated for lovers of the style to enjoy.

Most of these homes can be found near beautiful Lake Ponchartrain, on the bird and jewel streets in the Lake Vista neighborhood, as well as Lake Terrace and on Park Island in the middle of Bayou St. John. A handful of other notable mid-century modern homes dot the Uptown and Metairie areas as well.

Check out these lovely homes with a mid-century modern feel:

4813 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115

2833 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

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