This article is part of a series that delves into the 300 year history of architectural, transportation and planning in New Orleans.
From the Mississippi River to Lake Borgne to Lake Pontchartrain to the wetlands, New Orleans has always been surrounded by water since she was founded in the early 18th century. Toss in the fact that now most of the city is below sea level and it’s clear that it is not the most habitable location. There is a long legacy of engineers, surveyors and architects that have worked on identifying problems and providing solutions for this issue.
1798 Map showing the French Quarter surrounded by “Cypress Swamp” and two canals connected to Bayou St. John (noted in green)
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