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Property Name Edgewood Park Historic District
Reference Number 14000690
State Louisiana
County Orleans
Town New Orleans
Street Address Roughly bounded by Gentilly Boulevard, Peoples Avenue, Peoples Street, Humanity Street, and Fairmont Drive
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 9/24/2014
Areas of Significance Community Planning and Development; Architecture
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Edgewood Park, located centrally between downtown New Orleans and Lake Ponchartrain, is eligible under Criterion A (Community Planning and Development) and C (Architecture), at the local level, as an early twentieth century New Orleans streetcar suburb, associated with the development of suburban housing in New Orleans throughout the first half of the twentieth century, the outward growth of the city, and the iconic streetcar system. Many neighborhoods in New Orleans may be considered early suburbs: Carrollton and Broadmoor are most certainly streetcar suburbs, while Pontchartrain Park and Lake Vista are clearly commuter suburbs with curvilinear roadways and post-war ranches. However, Edgewood Park is a unique example that represents all three eras of suburban development, essentially encapsulating early twentiethcentury architectural features that embody the history of residential suburban development in New Orleans. While the Edgewood Park plat is not in keeping with the more traditional layouts of later suburban types, its eclectic architectural styles provide evidence of its continued popularity. The construction of two-tract driveways, detached garages, and the adaptation of traditional housing types to incorporate ground floor garages demonstrate Edgewood's Park association with the automobile era of suburban development. The later development of Piedmont, Clermont and Fairmont Drives, and the proliferation of mid-twentieth century architectural styles, as well as the reorientation of these avenues away from a walking oriented neighborhood exhibits Edgewood Park's continuing significance as a post-war commuter suburb in New Orleans. Edgewood Park's period of significance, from 1909 to 1963, encompasses the full range of development of the neighborhood -- from the date of the original plat and the introduction of the streetcar into the Gentilly area, to the beginning of construction of I-10 through the southeastern edge of the neighborhood.

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