Author/photographer Richard Sexton's influence on my love for architecture cannot be overstated. Publication of his 1993 work, New Orleans: Elegance and Decadence coincided with my burgeoning interest in historic architecture of the gulf south and within a few years I had made my first home purchase. Elegance and Decadence along with Elizabeth Gould's From Fort to Port: An Architectural History of Mobile, Alabama, 1711-1918 served as inspiration and the foundation for my learning of historic architecture of the region. Sexton's volumes that followed, Vestiges of Grandeur: The Plantations of Louisiana's River Road (1999), and Gardens of New Orleans: Exquisite Excess (2000) added fuel to the flame. With those seminal works it was with great excitement that my husband and I were able to meet Richard and to serve as guides for a recent visit to Mobile. Richard was in town for a book signing of his latest work, Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere. You can read about Richard's trip to Mobile and find additional information on the following websites:
Following are a few of Richard's photos from that visit...