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Farnsworth Apartments

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1932, Weiss, Dreyfous and Seiferth. 5355 St. Charles Ave.
  • (Photograph by Lake Douglas)

This small brick apartment complex, constructed for R. P. Farnsworth and Company as an investment property, was a unique addition to St. Charles Avenue in its frank expression of modernist principles. The streamlined horizontal emphasis, wraparound metal-framed windows, and flat roof were ideas new to New Orleans, not just this street. Organized in the typical U-shaped format around an entrance courtyard, the building accommodates eight two-bedroom apartments, each provided with service stairs leading from the kitchen to the basement garage and servants’ entrance.

Writing Credits

Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas


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Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas, "Farnsworth Apartments", [New Orleans, Louisiana], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

buildings of new orleans book

Buildings of New Orleans, Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 195-195.

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