Unique historic street signs of Charleston and New Orleans

Black and white photographs of the historic sidewalk street signs of Charleston and New Orleans

Even though they are on separate coasts hundreds of miles apart, the beautiful cities of Charleston and New Orleans share many commonalities. As noted in this previous blog post, one element the cities share is a history of gorgeous ironwork fences and architectural details.

Another thing you'll notice while walking around historic areas of Charleston and the New Orleans French Quarter is that there are really old street name placards embedded into the sidewalks at intersections. Charleston's street placards are typically a single piece of embossed metal, while the New Orleans street names are most often inlaid with individually placed letters made of glazed ceramic.

Of Queens and Society: Charleston's embossed metallic sidewalk street signs


Grimy and cracked: The ceramic street signs of New Orleans' French Quarter

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