Tuesday, June 17, 2008

More financial architecture

Well, it IS the Central Business District (CBD) and it seems that three out of four buildings around here are banks or related financial institutions.

Ya gotta love the details here. They don't frame windows like this anymore.

Here we have a post-modern adaptation of neo-classical style and ornamentation, with a salmon paint job and fresh contrasting cool grays and warm creams.

The photo above is the view just as I was about to enter the Chinese Star No. 2 for lunch. A very decent buffet and some of the foods do have fire in them.

The inscription below the pediment reads "New Orleans Cotton Exchange." How cool is that?

Well, actually, nothing is cool here this time of year. The temp is rising a bit and the humidity remains.

Humidity on my front porch Monday morning was seven percent. Juts saying.
--the BB


Grandmère Mimi said...

Humidity on my front porch Monday morning was seven percent. Juts saying.

Don't you love it? By now your gills must be well on their way to full growth.

Who is Juts?

BooCat said...

When my dad was still living in Southern Louisiana and we were traveling in the Southwest, we once laughed until we couldn't when we heard a man from Las Vegas, NV, complaining that due to the over abundance of swimming pools in his neighborhood, the humidity was becoming oppressive and was now consistently around 16%!

susan s. said...

Paul, (or Mimi) what are those black window frames made of? At first I thought maybe some cast metal, but now I'm wondering if it might be something from a quarry.

Paul said...

Susan S., I will try to take a closer look but they appeared metallic to me. Next trip to the Chinese restaurant....

Grandmère Mimi said...

Susan, I believe that they're metal. OCICBW.

susan s. said...

Yes, Paul, the more I think about it, the more I know that they must be cast iron of some kind. I remember that it was used extensively in the past. I don't know how they finish it so it doesn't rust. That's my next question to ask my own personal architect when next I see him! :-)