Found the most darling front door the other day when going to see my pal @laurels_licks for her bastille day bash. i think the house was a little creole cottage double. i loved the way the sun was shining through the crape myrtles in the front and how they littered the brick stairs and sidewalk with their flowers. the colors together scream happy to me, too. yellow is my favorite and i’ve been on an orange door kick lately (am taking them as a good luck sign of sorts every time i see one), and of course, the minty blue shutters are cheery as well. i love how versatile each of our neighborhoods are. all the colors and different styles each period in time and type of person built.. gotta keep protecting our tangible architecture history.
If dr. james a. sampsell wasn't the original owner, he and his family were one of the first to call this 1890's cottage on st. charles avenue home. sampsell was from ohio and had graduated as a surgeon and physician at the age of 21. immediately after graduation, he enlisted with the 116 ohio infantry as assistant surgeon in the final months of the civil war. he returned home and practiced as a country doctor, but found it tiring, so he studied dentistry and switched careers in 1878. the sampsell family came to new orleans for the 1884 exposition and must have liked our city because they stayed. dr. sampsell advertised in new orleans newspapers as the "painless dentist" and offered "hypnotic air" to his patients, which i assume was a groovy term for asnesthesia.
Tales of the cocktail has begun and i’m super excited about attending tastings, a spirited dinner and the bar crawl! #totc2018 ⠀
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