The New Orleans Townhouse is generally a three bay side hall structure with a hallway to the left or right side of double parlors. The staircase in the hall takes one up to the second, and sometimes, a third floor containing bedrooms. To the rear of the residence is a service wing containing kitchens, service rooms, a second staircase and servant’s quarters. Some townhouses have an extra room between the main building and the service wing, usually used as a dining room. Historically, the interiors were decorated with the latest fashions in design and comfort, while the exteriors were mostly identical, except for the decorative features that adorned the façades. Like a Paper Doll, an
owner had options to dress the townhouse in any fashion they wished. The Floater paintings show options that could be placed upon a brick townhouse to create a unique façade.
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