This is a fantastic book dedicated to the earliest suburb in the United States.
The Garden District developed on the southwestern edge of the French Quarter after New Orleans began to substantially "Americanize" in the 1830s. By 1860, this neighborhood had developed into the fabulously rich district we know today, with free-standing houses set on wide, wooded lots, quite different from the French Quarter's ancient Creole density.
Here we have the definitive guide to the District. The book is not an architectural catalog, but is a study of the architectural history of the District. While the photography is superb, the real feature of the book is the rich text - a careful analytical and historical consideration of the architectural styles present in the District. Together, the photography and text feature about 100 of the District's most outstanding houses and churches. Chapters are arranged chronologically, beginning in the 1830s and ending with early 20th century examples.
Certainly, this book will be considered a "coffee table" book by some, but it really is a book intended to support substantial research for architectural historians, architects, craftsmen, and local historians. The well informed casual reader will also enjoy the book.