June 10, 2011
...Compact, two-story houses with gable roofs and dormer windows, shutters and flower boxes; other houses with gambrel or mansard roofs. Many roofs were covered in either a shiny silver metal or red-colored metal. None of the houses were ostentatious, and yards were lush with green lawns, flowers, and vegetable gardens. A good number of houses along the south and north (long) sides of Ile D'Orleans were associated with farms. A particular barn type, with a center loaded door raised and accessed by a ramp, was common. We loved the stone used for many buildings, and even spotted and 18th century stone house from the road. While many residences and farms were spread out, Ile D'Orleans contains six parishes where houses were clustered with a commercial building or two, a short line of distinctive street light standards identifying the "town."