SEAA Exhibits

The Laurel Valley Plantation Photographs of Philip M. Denman

This exhibit will be on display 09/14/2018 - 06/14/2019 in the Southeastern Architectural Archive, Jones Hall, Room 300, 6801 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70118. (504) 865-5699,

Showcasing the nearly 40-year photographic coverage of Laurel Valley Plantation in Thibodaux, Louisiana by Philip Marin Denman. The journey began in 1978 documenting the more than 100 buildings dating from the 1830s—ca.1900. Denman returned in 2005 to record the condition of the plantation 27 years later, and again in 2017 to photograph the 55 or so remaining structures. The striking b/w images are enhanced by a small number of color prints. The exhibit includes Denman’s capture of life in New Orleans’ French Quarter in the late 1960s to early-1970s, and his images of the remains of Seven Oaks Plantation in Westwego, Louisiana before its demolition in 1977. Special thanks to John H. Stubbs, Director, Master of Preservation Studies Program and Christovich Professor of Preservation Studies, Tulane School of Architecture.

Generous support provided by the SEAA Gifts Fund and the Marjorie Peirce Geiser and John Geiser, Jr. Fund of the Southeastern Architectural Archive.


Proteus 1892, Teunisson 1902, and Louis Armstrong 1949
Selections from the Carnival Holdings of Tulane University's Special Collections Division

This exhibit will be on display 02/28/2019 - 06/14/2019 in the Special Collections 2nd Floor Gallery, Jones Hall, 6801 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70118. (504) 865-5699,

One highlight of this exhibit is the complete set of original float designs for the 1892 Proteus parade. Designed by Carlotta Bonnecaze around the theme “A Dream of the Vegetable Kingdom,” the designs reveal an almost hallucinatory level of creativity and delight, from frightened English peas to mighty warrior acorns. Other highlights are photographs taken by noted New Orleans photographer John Norris Teunisson documenting Mardi Gras along Canal Street and in the French Quarter in 1902; photographs documenting the 70th anniversary of Louis Armstrong’s reign as King Zulu in 1949; Carnival music recordings by Fats Domino, Irma Thomas, and Professor Longhair; and photographs of Tulane students yelling “Throw me something, Mista!” at passing floats. Together, the items on display reveal the depth and range of Carnival in New Orleans.

Generous support provided by the Marjorie Peirce Geiser and John Geiser, Jr. Fund.


View past and other online exhibits

​         SEAA has digitized several of its in-house exhibits from past years. Included are links to earlier born-digital exhibits.