Please join us for a presentation and signing with New Orleans historian John Magill celebrating his new book, THE INCOMPARABLE MAGAZINE STREET.
New Orleans’ Magazine Street has undergone remarkable changes over it’s long history. From an overlooked district of mostly unassuming residences and businesses, it has evolved into one of the country’s most dynamic and attractive business thoroughfares. Once host to neighborhood grocers, druggists, and cleaners, today Magazine has become a destination of fashion boutiques, gift shops, design studios, antique stores, and galleries. It is also one of the most important dining and drinking streets in town. Still home to little neighborhood eateries, Magazine now hosts some of the city’s most renowned restaurants. Yet even with the transformation the street has seen, the soul of Magazine retains its residential charm.
THE INCOMPARABLE MAGAZINE STREET traces the history and culture of the road that curves between stately St. Charles Avenue and the river. It speaks to not only how Magazine fits into the urban growth of the Crescent City, but it also highlights what it has become: an enchanting combination of both elegance and the down-to-earth. A stroll through the book immerses visitors in history and nostalgia while introducing them to the people and places that make the six-mile-long street one of New Orleans’ greatest assets. Glowing photographs capture the small details, the varying streetscapes, and the unique people that make Magazine Street one of a kind. The book also includes fascinating historic photos of Magazine Street from The Historic New Orleans Collection. While areas of the city have evolved into a world of visitors, Magazine Street has developed its own character that combines the past and present to become a vibrant community destination.
John Magill retired in 2016 as senior curator with The Historic New Orleans Collection after over thirty years. A nationally known urban historian and New Orleans expert, he has lectured and written on topics ranging from Carnival to catastrophes. He has penned articles for New Orleans Magazine, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, and The Historic New Orleans Collection Quarterly. He contributed to Charting Louisiana: 500 Years of Maps and is the coauthor of Canal Street: New Orleans’ Great Wide Way and Christmas in New Orleans. Magill has been honored by the Press Club of New Orleans, the Gulf South Historical Association, and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.