Commander's Palace . Washington Avenue and Coliseum Street . NOLA . Watercolor . 12" x 16"
... for a 9" x 12" giclee print on 11" x 14" watercolor paper
... Emile Commander's Palace Restaurant, located in the Garden District of New Orleans, Louisiana... dates back to its earliest founding as a saloon and residence in 1892 or 1893, sited diagonally across the intersection of it's present location at Washington Avenue & Coliseum Street. I'm not sure when this building was erected, nor the architect. The current restaurant sits on the Northeast corner, across from Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, which itself dates from 1833. The restaurant received its distinctive paint job in 1974. Hyperbole aside... the Commander's Palace really is considered one of the finest culinary establishments in the world. She suffered damage from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and closed for a year, reopening in October of 2006. We sampled the cuisine in June of 2011. As we sipped refreshment during a late lunch at our 2nd floor window seating... I watched a chameleon casually explore the perimeter of the outer sash... this is a very cool place.