New Orleans Arts District

New Orleans Arts District

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         New Orleans is bringing back it's artistic appreciation and culture in the "Arts District." Originally known as the "The Warehouse District" and established as an industrial area in the 19th century, the revitalized Arts District of New Orleans has become a cultural center in the city beginning in 1976 with the opening of the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC). The large complex is still entertaining visitors and tourists to the city today with it's unique style of art, music, theatre, and dance performances.

           While the arts center is a beautiful masterpiece of the Arts District of New Orleans, it is not the only cultural landmark.  Several museums also fill the previously empty and spacious warehouses, putting them to good use. The National Wold War II Museum is located here and is one of the most visited attractions as well as the most architecturally beautiful.  It's tall glass windows and unique design can be seen when driving past the city from the elevated highway nearby.

            The art community saw the massive potential for growth within the Arts District, and soon begin opening many galleries.  Today there are more than 24 galleries within the Arts District and most of them are located on Julia street.  Bars, restaurants, and galleries make the Arts District one of the best places to walk around gallery hopping taking in the great sights and culture of New Orleans at a very reasonable price.

            Additionally, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Children's Museum, and the Louisiana Civil War Museum make whole day trips a possibility as they are filled with wonderful exhibits for families and tourists alike.  That doesn't mean the Arts District is absent of places to "pass a good time."  A number of restaurants and cafes serving everything from stylish gourmet dishes to traditional Cajun favorites are placed throughout the quiet streets and tall buildings.  The original Emeril's was one of the first to call the Arts District home and bring superb, high-end dining to the neighborhood.  Now visitors can enjoy excellent meals from a growing number of contemporary restaurants making the Arts District a hot-spot for locals and visitors.

            When most people think of New Orleans, they think music, and the Arts District is home to some of the best musical venues in the world. Howlin' Wolf and Republic bring legendary as well as up-and-coming artists, that draw in huge crowds for an evening of live entertainment. A great source to check out what playing this week is the radio station WWOZ's "livewire" calendar of live music events.

            Living in the Arts District is an experience many people seek.  It's modern urban appeal draws in business executives, famous artists, celebrities and local VIP's . Beautiful high-rise buildings and roof-top penthouses are scattered amongst squat warehouses filled with grocery stores, music venues, restaurants, and bars.  Unlike the tightly-packed French Quarter, the Arts District is very quiet and spacious for an urban area.  This makes it the ideal luxury real estate of New Orleans and a great place for socialites and city-loving people alike.

Written by: Patrice Schwartz

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Dated: April 23rd 2018
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