French Quarter, New Orleans (501 Piece Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle)

French Quarter, New Orleans (501 Piece Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle)

Considered the "Heart of New Orleans," the French Quarter has been one of the most historical and instantly recognizable locations...
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  • Type: 500+ Piece Puzzle
Considered the "Heart of New Orleans," the French Quarter has been one of the most historical and instantly recognizable locations in the United States since its founding over 300 years ago.

Established by the French in 1718, the French Quarter is also known as Vieux Carre or "Old Square" as it was the original city center under French rule.

The original buildings were all wood in the French Colonial style, but they were destroyed by fires in 1788 and 1794. New Orleans had been transferred to Spain by then, and the Spanish authorities rebuilt with an eye to fire protection.

This helped give the French Quarter a more Spanish appearance. Spanish building codes used plaster on exterior walls and fire retardant roofing, like slate and tile. In addition, many of the buildings were built around a distinctive walled courtyard in the Spanish style.

The tropical colors, flat roofs, and intricate ironwork were Spanish touches brought from across the Atlantic. However, when mass-produced cast iron was introduced in the 1800s, the city really began to take on its lacy appearance.

A walk through the French Quarter reveals many plaques indicating the old Spanish names for the streets honoring historical figures from the Spanish era.

Although the architecture was predominantly Spanish, French was the language of choice until the American government mandated that English was the official language. 

The French and Spanish Creole families moved away from the French Quarter as New Orleans expanded, and many of the old buildings fell into disrepair. Eventually, the city realized that the neighborhood was a huge attraction to tourists as the most European city in the US and worked to preserve New Orleans' first neighborhood.

The city is a delightful blend of Spanish, French, and Creole cultures, with its food, music, and adoption of European customs. There is even an annual Running of the Bulls like in Pamplona, Spain. But, of course, New Orleans manages to add its own fun twist. The French Quarter version uses the Big Easy Rollergirls armed with toy baseball bats instead of the more dangerous Spanish Bulls.

The perfect gift for wooden jigsaw puzzlers and New Orleans fans this traditional wooden jigsaw puzzle can be done time and again. Our wooden jigsaw puzzle artists have included many space-themed, shaped whimsy wooden jigsaw puzzle pieces that match the subject of the image, and we have integrated them in ways that will delight and surprise you as you put the wooden jigsaw puzzle together.

Please Note: The original image for this puzzle was painted on canvas and so you may see brush strokes on the image.
  • Irregular Edge for a Little More Challenge
  • Includes a Bonus Poster to Guide Assembly
  • Number of Puzzle Pieces: 501
  • Completed Puzzle Size: 14” X 17”
  • Artist: © Dianne Parks
  • Serial #: NP22-501-476
  • Wood Thickness: 4mm
  • Cut Style: Modern
  • Difficulty: Level 3
  • Made in the USA