John Magill

© Margot Landen


John Magill is a retired curator/historian from The Historic New Orleans Collection.  He has written and lectured extensively about the urban development of New Orleans, its neighborhoods and business, as well as Carnival.  Examples of books to which he has contributed include: Marie Adrian Persac: Louisiana Artist, Charting Louisiana: 500 Years of Maps,and, with Peggy Scott Laborde, co-wrote Canal Street: New Orleans Great Wide Way and Christmas in New Orleans.





12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Capitol Park Museum, First Floor Auditorium
Book Talk
The Incomparable Magazine Street

1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


The Incomparable Magazine Street

New Orleans’ Magazine Street has undergone remarkable changes over it’s long history. From an overlooked district of mostly unassuming residences and businesses, it has evolved into one of the country’s most dynamic and attractive business thoroughfares.  Once host to neighborhood grocers, druggists, and cleaners, today Magazine has become a destination of fashion boutiques, gift shops, design studios, antique stores, and galleries.  It is also one of the most important dining and drinking streets in town.  Still home to little neighborhood eateries, Magazine now hosts some of the city’s most renowned restaurants.  Yet even with the transformation the street has seen, the soul of Magazine retains its residential charm.

The Incomparable Magazine Street traces the history and culture of the road that curves between stately St. Charles Avenue and the river.  It speaks to not only how Magazine fits into the urban growth of the Crescent City, but it also highlights what it has become: an enchanting   combination of both elegance and the down-to-earth. A stroll through the book immerses visitors in history and nostalgia while introducing them to the people and places that make the six-mile-long street one of New Orleans’ greatest assets.  Glowing photographs capture the small details, the varying streetscapes, and the unique people that make Magazine Street one of a kind.  The book also includes fascinating historic photos of Magazine Street from The Historic New Orleans Collection.  While areas of the city have evolved into a world of visitors, Magazine Street has developed its own character that combines the past and present to become a vibrant community destination.


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