Louisiana has a rich history. One of the best ways to learn all about the state's 300 years of history is to visit one of its two amazing state capitol buildings in Baton Rouge.
The old and new state capitol buildings are two of the most spectacular buildings in the state, and each encapsulates the state's history and culture in different ways. Our Realtors® can spend an entire day touring each building. Here are some of the best ways to explore each one:
The New Capitol Building
The tallest US capitol building is Louisiana's new (and current) state capitol building which has 34 floors and stands 460 feet tall, and holds the capitol chambers for the Louisiana State Legislature. It's a beautiful building, and there are a few different ways to see it:
The Old Capitol Building
Louisiana's former capitol building (also known as Louisiana's Old Capitol) is now a National Historic Landmark and is home to the Old State Capitol Museum of Political History. This building is often referred to as Louisiana's "castle-on-the-river" due to its beautiful Gothic and Victorian architecture. You can experience this building in many ways:
If living near these beautiful buildings sounds appealing, there are some Baton Rouge open houses planned for this weekend.
Louisiana's Old and New State Capitols give you the chance to gain a new appreciation for the culture and architecture of our area. Learning about an area's history can be a lot of fun!
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Finding New Orleans homes for sale is about more than just the house or the neighborhood. It's about the atmosphere and the culture that the area has to offer.
When you live in the New Orleans area, you can expect a busy social calendar full of fun festivals.
If you've spent the week checking out New Orleans open houses, why not spend the weekend experiencing some of that culture for yourself by checking out Oktoberfest? In Germany, Oktoberfest starts in mid-September. But in true NOLA fashion, the party lasts for multiple weekends here!
Here are some of the places in New Orleans where you can experience Oktoberfest for yourself.
The Deutsches Haus hosts its annual Oktoberfest on October 7-8, 14-15, and 21-22 this year. Tickets to the official festival are $10 per day and free for children under 12. The proceedings are steeped in local tradition, featuring a variety of events, from German music and dancing to funny singalongs to a beer stein holding contest, and much more. There's even a children's area with games, arts and crafts, and family-friendly performances.
Oktoberfest is an event that's not to be missed, but New Orleans has plenty to offer its residents all year. If you're ready to make this city your new home, contact us. Our Realtors® will help you find the house that's right for you.
The Lake Charles area is lucky to be home to many talented local artists. Their work is featured in a number of galleries and shops — and you can also check it out at the upcoming Gallery Promenade. This annual event is a favorite among locals and is the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with artists and galleries in the Lake Charles area. Take a break from looking at Lake Charles homes for sale, and admire art at this local event. Here are the key details to know before you attend:
Gallery Promenade is a lot of fun, especially for art lovers. It's one of many lovely Lake Charles events throughout the year. Ready to move to an area full of local events and a great art scene? If you're thinking of moving to the area, don't hesitate to contact us at your convenience. Our Realtors® will help you find Lake Charles open houses to attend as they guide you through the buying process.
Located at 100 Lafayette Street in the heart of Downtown Baton Rouge, the Shaw Center for the Arts deserves a place on anyone's must-see list. It's one of our real estate agents' favorite spots in the city, and we're excited to shed a spotlight on this unique institution!
About the Shaw Center for the Arts
The Shaw Center for the Arts is a major hub for art, culture, and theater in Baton Rouge. Encompassing 125,000 square feet, this massive museum, venue, and education center first opened its doors in 2005. It received the American Institute of Architects Gulf States Honor Award for architecture the year it opened.
Several unique art spaces and venues collectively make up the Shaw Center for the Arts. Located just minutes from many Baton Rouge homes for sale, these are some of the can't-miss highlights of the Shaw Center:
Dining at the Shaw Center for the Arts
Between visiting Baton Rouge open houses and exploring the Shaw Center for the Arts, there's a good chance you might get a little hungry. Fortunately, there are several great dining options within the Center for the Arts:
Contact us today to learn more about life in Baton Rouge! Our city is the heart of Louisiana art and culture, and our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Baton Rouge.
Everyone loves a parade, and Mardi Gras wouldn't be the same without the colorful and festive krewes celebrating every year. Our real estate agents share a preview of some of the highly-anticipated parades scheduled throughout the area.
These are only some of the parades to look forward to this Mardi Gras season. We'll be covering more parades to plan ahead for in our next blog post.
If you're looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale, you should also pay a visit to the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. It's a great place to bring your family once you move to the area. Here's some of what it has to offer.
About the Museum
It's the goal of the Louisiana Art & Science Museum to provide the public - especially students - with a greater understanding and appreciation of art and science and foster creativity and discovery. The museum is located at 100 River Road South Baton Rouge, LA 70802, in a rebuilt railroad station in the heart of downtown, on the bank of the Mississippi River.
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, the museum is open Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 3 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 1 pm to 5 pm. Admission is $12 for adults or $10 for children and seniors. There are also group rates available, as well as special rates for students, educators, military personnel, and first responders. The first Sunday of every month, admission is free to everyone.
One of the most popular attractions at the museum is the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium - a large, domed theater that shows the wonders of space in crystal clear 4K video and 5.1 surround sound. The planetarium has scheduled a variety of different shows throughout the week, exploring things like Saturn's rings, planets beyond our solar system, and even the inner workings of the human brain.
Apart from the planetarium, the museum has several other space-themed exhibits. The Planet Tower contains enormous scale models of the sun and the planets. The Solar System Gallery displays images from the Hubble Telescope - along with a 239-pound Triceratops skull named Jason. And the Universe Gallery contains the OmniGlobe - a 3D model of the Earth with a digital screen that can demonstrate heliophysics, ocean science, atmospheric conditions, and more.
Space isn't the only place visitors can explore, though. The Ancient Egypt gallery shows artifacts dating back to 323 B.C., including a fully preserved mummy. There's plenty of information in the gallery on the mummy's discovery, as well as on the general time period and what life was like at the time.
Another thing the Art & Science Museum is known for is hands-on exhibits. The Science Station allows children to conduct experiments in sound, light, and motion, as well as demonstrate nanoscale in science and engineering. For younger children, the Discovery Depot has everything from building blocks to train sets to puppets.
Unfortunately, the interactive exhibits are currently closed due to the pandemic. In the meantime, the museum has provided a virtual museum, with a series of activities that children of all ages can do at home, either with their parents or on their own. These activities include printable coloring book pages, crafts like making your own rain stick, experiments in force and motion, and much more. There are also virtual tours available of the galleries that are currently closed to in-person visits.
You can also host your child's birthday party at the museum, which includes a number of hands-on activities, and even a gift registry through the Museum Store. The museum can be booked for grown-up events as well, including wedding receptions and cocktail parties.
The Art & Science Museum is just one of the many cultural and educational institutions you can explore with your family in the Baton Rouge area. Especially if you're in the area for one of our Baton Rouge open houses. Our real estate agents can help you get to know the neighborhood better. Contact us to help you find the perfect home for your needs.
From relaxing on the water to enjoying the glitz and glamour of multiple casinos, there's never a shortage of things to do in Lake Charles. If you've been exploring Lake Charles homes for sale, you'll want to know a bit more about why this city is affectionately known as "Louisiana's Playground." Here are a few of the amazing amenities this area has to offer.
If you want to live someplace where you'll never get bored, Lake Charles is the perfect location! There's truly something here for everyone. Our real estate agents can help you find your dream home. Contact us today to discuss your home buying goals and get started!
What would our cities look like without public art? We've been fortunate to have some truly gifted artists contribute to our city's growing collection of murals and sculptures. If you're looking for the best of Lafayette's public art, our real estate agents are happy to provide this handy guide!
A hub for art and culture in Louisiana, Lafayette is a one-of-a-kind place to call home. Contact us today to learn more about life in Lafayette!
New Orleans is "The Big Easy," and our real estate agents want to make it easy for you to enjoy!
When you're looking for New Orleans homes for sale, you know you'll also be getting a heaping helping of culture, cuisine, and fun! This city is one of America's live music capitals. It celebrates its heritage with some of the best down-home jazz jam sessions you'll find anywhere!
But even though jazz is a big part of the story, it's not the whole story.
The city is full of world-class venues to catch a concert, play, ballet, song, or story – something passed down through the ages or full of modern flair. It's all up to you here in New Orleans.
Let's take a closer look at seven local venues that you won't want to miss:
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Steeped in history and culture, Louisiana is a dream setting for writers in a wide range of genres and specialties. Here's a look at what our real estate agents will be reading to celebrate Book Lovers Day on Monday, August 9.
Alexandria is a city where history awaits you around every corner, and local organizations place a high priority on historic preservation. Many of the city's most fascinating historic sites have also been repurposed as museums that showcase the art, history, and culture of Alexandria, along with the stories of prominent residents who helped shape the city into such an amazing place in the present day. Our real estate agents are here to help you get to know the city, starting with our guide for a historic walking tour of Alexandria.
Ready to write the next chapter of your own history in Alexandria? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Alexandria, LA area.
Whether you're looking for a quiet evening out on the town or lively entertainment, our real estate agents agree that Downtown Lafayette is the place to be. Have fun exploring these fascinating places and activities, just minutes from Lafayette homes for sale.
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Have you been searching for the perfect place to retire? Would you like to live in a city that offers countless amenities and attractions, with a cost of living that will make it easier to enjoy your retirement? Lafayette has so much to offer, from outdoor attractions to live entertainment and some of the best food that you'll find anywhere. The many attractions of the city mean that your family will love visiting almost as you love living here. Our real estate agents love Lafayette, and we've got 5 key reasons that retirees love calling the city home.
Are you ready to start shopping for Lafayette homes for sale and retire in a city that you will truly love? Let our experienced, local real estate team help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Lafayette, LA area.
There may be some debate over exactly when jazz began, but few dispute that this rich musical genre originated in New Orleans. In honor of International Jazz Day on Friday, April 30, our real estate agents take a look at the history of Louisiana's iconic sound.
What Is Jazz?
While jazz is a distinctly American form of music, its influences reach around the globe. African-Americans melded their own musical traditions with elements such as Caribbean syncopation and European folk, adding improvisation for a unique sound. Some historians believe jazz has its roots in New Orleans Congo Square.
First Man of Jazz: Buddy Bolden
While the term didn't come into use until after his time, cornet player Charles "Buddy" Bolden is generally considered to be the father of jazz. Bolden's intuitive ear for music led him to adapt ideas from other classic American musical styles, such as gospel and blues.
Dancing was a popular form of entertainment in New Orleans, but until the turn of the 20th century, most dance bands played a more sedate form of music that relied on string instruments. Bolden formed his own band in 1895 and developed an avid following by playing looser, more lively dance tunes in which brass instruments were front-and-center.
Louis Armstrong and the Rise of the Solo Artist
Despite Buddy Bolden's prominence, jazz remained primarily identified with bands. Thanks to traveling groups, which began migrating to Chicago and other major cities, the New Orleans sound was becoming acclaimed throughout the country.
Another jazz artist who headed to Chicago in search of fame was a trumpeter named Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. His brilliant playing was at a level far above any other musicians at the time and led to a shift from the conventional ensemble style of jazz to an emphasis on solo performers.
Jazz in the Modern Era
During the 1950s, the popularity of jazz began to wane as rock and roll captured the attention of the listening public. When Larry Borenstein opened his new art gallery in the French Quarter, just minutes from Houma homes for sale, he realized it left him little time to attend his beloved jazz concerts, which had become few and far between.
Borenstein's solution was to invite the musicians to perform "rehearsal sessions" at his gallery, Associated Artists. Thus began the saga of Preservation Hall, which became the standard-bearer for classic New Orleans jazz. The venue officially took on the name when Borenstein passed the operations on to the family of Allan and Sandra Jaffe.
As part of the effort to revive national interest in jazz, Allan Jaffe organized the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. After a successful tour of the Midwest, the band eventually began appearing in venues around the world.
Jazz is the heartbeat of Louisiana: exciting, entertaining, and unpredictable. There are many venues across the state where you can listen to talented jazz musicians.
Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more about buying and selling local homes near some of the best jazz music venues.
Living in New Orleans, one thing our real estate agents never take for granted is the city's incredible abundance of one-of-a-kind buildings.
Get ready to explore the streets of NOLA and keep your eyes peeled for these famous buildings.
Louisiana's rich cultural heritage has brought diverse food and music styles into our communities, but it's also created some of the most unique architectural styles in the country. Walking through some of NOLA's beautiful neighborhoods is like a history lesson in and of itself.
Our real estate agents love New Orleans' architecture and frequently tout it as one of the best parts about living in this city. If you love interesting buildings, below are five residential architectural styles you'll want to be sure to see when visiting New Orleans:
New Orleans has so many beautiful architectural styles that can't be found anywhere else in the country. If you don't believe us, take a look at some of these beautiful New Orleans homes for sale. For more information about what it's like to live in our city, contact us today!
Holiday light displays are a tradition that we look forward to all year round. Each twinkling bulb warms the heart and brings about a sense of awe and wonder no matter how old you are. And if there ever was a year when we could use a little inspiration, kindness, and a reminder of how good life is, it's this year. So, grab your coats and warm up the cocoa, it's Holiday light season again!
The Crescent City loves each holiday, and this time of year is certainly no different.
Just like Mike the Tiger, this season is still roaring with lights.
The Northshore shines just as bright as its big city neighbor during the holidays.
These gorgeous beaches are lit up with the gift of lights all month!
Traditionally, lighthouses serve to guide marine travelers to safety. Just minutes from Houma homes for sale, a special lighthouse acts as a beacon directing visitors to a unique art display that's a favorite destination of our real estate agents. Experience this piece of local history first-hand with a visit to the Chauvin Sculpture Garden.
Planting the Seeds
Dubbed a "magical mystery tour" by one enchanted viewer, the Chauvin Sculpture Garden has an origin story as fascinating as the art itself. All pieces were created by a man named Kenny Hill, a bricklayer by trade who came to Chauvin in 1988, seeking work on construction sites.
A generous landowner offered to let Hill stay on a piece of his property along the banks of the Bayou Petit Caillou. Hill pitched a tent and lived there until he built a simple cabin using materials he salvaged from various spots.
Despite having no formal training, Hill possessed a great deal of natural artistic talent. In 1990, feeling the need for a greater range of creative expression than his day job allowed, Hill began crafting his heartfelt and thought-provoking sculptures.
An Artist's Personal Journey
The Chauvin Sculpture Garden contains more than 100 concrete sculptures, breathtaking in physical size, and thematic scope.
Standing above it all is the 45-foot-tall lighthouse made with 7,000 bricks. The vividly-colored structure features an eclectic assortment of characters, including cowboys, musicians, children, and angels, clinging to the sides in a desperate search for safety.
Remarkably, Hill himself appears in a number of these tableaux. His distinctive long-haired and bearded image seems to act as a guide, silently drawing viewers' attention to particularly significant points.
Not surprisingly, Hill's venture began garnering public interest. He resolutely refused to talk to the media, giving only the cryptic comment that the garden was a "story of salvation" for residents. While Hill allowed some of his curious neighbors to visit, he steadfastly avoided publicizing the garden.
Preserving Hill's Vision
Sadly, when Hill's benefactor and landlord passed away, he abandoned his project in 2000 after being evicted by the local parish for lack of upkeep. Would this incredible work of art end up overcome by the forces of nature?
The story had a happy ending when Dennis Sipiorski, an art professor at Nicholls State University in nearby Thibodaux, contacted the Kohler Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving folk art. Kohler purchased the property and donated it to NSU.
In 2002, the Chauvin Sculpture Garden was opened to the public with an official dedication ceremony. The site is also home to the NSU Folk Art Studio, where visitors may purchase books, local artwork, and various souvenirs.
Location and Hours
Visit the Chauvin Sculpture Garden at 5337 Bayouside Dr. Hours are dawn to dusk daily, with bilingual guided tours offered on the weekends. Admission is free for all guests.
The Bayou Region is an exhilarating blend of culture, scenery, and entertainment. Learn more about local real estate opportunities when you contact us at Latter & Blum.
No matter what types of art you adore, New Orleans is sure to have many art galleries that you will love to explore. In a city with such a special blend of cultures, that's no surprise! The art galleries of New Orleans come in many shapes and sizes, with a shared goal of showcasing the city's vibrant culture through art. But with so many art galleries, where do you start? Our real estate agents have you covered with five local art galleries where you can begin your exploration of the New Orleans art scene.
Kako Gallery – 536 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Like many art galleries located close to New Orleans homes for sale, you'll find that Kako Gallery doesn't just focus on one type of art. Instead, it showcases art in many mediums from artists who live and work in the New Orleans area. If you're looking for a gallery with affordable, local art that you can purchase to decorate your own home or you're interested in browsing an eclectic collection, Kako Gallery is well worth a visit. You'll find an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture, and outdoor art here.
Windsor Fine Art – 221 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
When you're in the mood to see work from some of history's greatest artists, Windsor Fine Art is the place to be. Windsor Fine Art features artwork spanning five centuries, including original works from legends like Dali and Rembrandt. Browse an expansive collection arranged by artistic movement, touching on the most popular movements from the last 500 years. Windsor Fine Art also features an exceptional collection of sculptures from both historical and contemporary artists.
Sutton Galleries – 519 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
A family-owned gallery serving New Orleans for more than 100 years, Sutton Galleries has long been a must-see stop for art lovers on Royal Street. Whether you're looking to add to your existing collection, start collecting art for the first time, or browse the work of talented contemporary artists, you'll find a warm welcome and plenty of help from the friendly, knowledgeable staff at Sutton Galleries.
Gallery Orange – 819 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70116
In the mood for contemporary art? Be sure to check out Gallery Orange, which features a constantly updated collection of art created by artists worldwide. While Gallery Orange doesn't focus on a specific type of art, it favors original, unconventional, and energetic works. This gallery strives to sell art for fair market prices, making it a great place to shop if you're looking to bring home something special for your own walls.
Cole Pratt Gallery - 3800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115
For more contemporary fine art, be sure to check out Cole Pratt Gallery on historic Magazine Street. Founded in 1993 by Cole Pratt, the gallery's mission is to showcase art from Southern artists. Their exhibitions are curated monthly to feature new artists. For the latest updates on the artists and work featured in their gallery, check out their website.
Art and culture are simply part of the unique package of living in New Orleans, and we're here to help you find a home in the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the New Orleans, LA area.
When it comes to New Orleans homes for sale, there are plenty of reasons to choose the "Big Easy" for your next home. New Orleans culture is truly unique, from the cuisine to the music to the unbeatable annual festivals like Mardi Gras. Education soars, too, thanks to terrific museums!
Our real estate agents are confident that no matter what your interests are, you'll have a chance to find something great here in New Orleans.
In fact, New Orleans even has its own thriving museum district. You'll find many of the most notable local museums centered within a short distance of each other in the inimitable City Park.
Let's take a closer look at some of the area's top museums:
Amazing museums are one more reason to make New Orleans your home. Contact us to learn more or get started.
Get ready to strike a pose – a yoga pose that is! Sunday, June 21st, is International Yoga Day, and our real estate agents are looking forward to finding zen in a peaceful, uplifting yoga session. Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years and has gained popularity around the globe. If you're looking for a place where you can strengthen your mind, body, and soul, check out these yoga studios around Baton Rouge.
If you're a cinephile who can't get enough of the silver screen, then you'll love Cinema on the Bayou! This annual event is celebrating its 15th year and will once again take over theaters throughout Lafayette. For eight days, over 180 films will make you laugh, cry, and perhaps see the world around you through a new lens.
The 15th Annual Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival: Louisiana's Reel Festival
As the second-oldest film festival in the state, Cinema on the Bayou is an event that garners casual movie-goers, filmmakers, and critics alike. The festival screened domestic and international films, with one even winning an Academy Award — The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Each year, the non-profit corporation the Cinema on the Bayou Film Society selects films that will offer viewers a better understanding of Creole and Cajun culture, encourage discussion on important contemporary matters, and bring together movie lovers of all backgrounds. For those who want to maximize their viewing experience with a minimal budget, screenings taking place at the Lafayette Public Library are free.
Lafayette has a uniquely vibrant culture and nowhere is it more evident than in the profusion of artistic creativity in the area. Whether you're looking to decorate Lafayette homes for sale or you just want to admire expressions of talent, pay a visit to these great galleries in and around Lafayette.