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Fair Grounds Entrance Gates

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1866, Gallier and Esterbrook. 1751 Gentilly Blvd.
  • (Photograph by Lake Douglas)
  • (Photograph by Lake Douglas)
  • (Photograph by Lake Douglas)
  • (Photograph by Lake Douglas)
  • (Photograph by Lake Douglas)

Laid out in 1852, this racetrack was known as the Union Race Course until the City of New Orleans renamed it the Creole Race Course and built these gates, resembling little cottages. Each gate has a Carpenter Gothic front porch, the upper section covered by panels with trefoil and quatrefoil cutouts; the gable roof has serrated-edged bargeboards. The New Orleans Fair Grounds purchased the track in 1872. Rathbone DeBuys’s clubhouse and grandstand of 1919, destroyed by fire in 1993, was replaced by a similar design in 1997 by Eskew Filson Architects. Horse races are held at the fairgrounds during the winter months, and the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival takes place here in late April.

Writing Credits

Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas


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Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas, "Fair Grounds Entrance Gates", [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, 245-246.

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