KITCHEN EXTENSION | EARTH | MANSE L’ESTRANGE
THE VOODOO KITCHEN
Bayou St. John, Louisiana, USA | 1954
Located on historic Bayou St. John (French: Bayou Saint-Jean), within the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, Manse L’Estrange is a three-story townhouse in the Colonial Revival style. Built in 1750, its columned rooms and classical frontage were lost to fire in the late 1800s and rebuilt in the Queen Anne style for its new owners, the wealthy lawyers of the L’Estrange family.
The Bayou is a scenic waterway in the heart of the Mid City and a vital artery for merchants and vendors linking Lake Pontchartrain to the bustling French Quarter. Legend has it that this locale was a favorite of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau at the height of her fame and power. Hereabouts she held her wild rituals and sacrifices, and fearful locals insist that the overgrown darkness of the trees near the Bayou’s mouth is still a place strictly to be avoided.
The 1950s are a pivotal decade for New Orleans, with major growth in trade and the suburban way of life. Radio, long the dominant force for news and entertainment, is changing and becoming a showcase for the city’s bustling rhythm and blues scene. The current occupants are great lovers of jazz and hold annual balls to celebrate art and music.