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About this collection

This collection consists of thirteen prints photographed and processed by Walter Cook Keenan, a New Orleans architect and civic leader, all depicting buildings in the French Quarter in the years between 1937 and 1952. The thirteen prints bear a stamp on the back which reads: "This photograph was exposed, developed and entirely processed by me. Permission is granted for its reproduction without charge provided fair credit is given to me. WALTER COOK KEENAN." The address of the building shown in twelve of the Keenan prints was typed on the front of the photograph, possibly by Keenan himself.

 

The photographs were printed on paper of various sizes or perhaps trimmed to various sizes after processing. The largest of the prints is 7 1/2" x 9 1/2"; the smallest, 7" x 9".

 

Captions used are those typed on the face of the photographs (with the exception of the photo of Dauphine and Gov. Nicholls, which is not labelled).

 

Historical Note

 

Walter Cook Keenan was born in New Orleans on November 2, 1881. He was educated at Tulane University and practiced as an architect for more than 55 years. He also served for many years as a member of the Audubon Park Commission and, from 1937 until 1952 as a member of the Vieux Carre Commssion. In 1943, he was named the "Architect of the Commission," a position that approximated that held today by the Director of the Vieux Carre Commission. Keenan died in New Orleans on November 7, 1970.

 

The Southeastern Architectural Archive at Tulane University houses a large collection of Keenan's prints and negatives.

 
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