The Little Castle
For the past (I don't know?  30?) years I used to see this house from I-10 going up to the northshore to visit my uncle.  I remember it from when I was a kid, but then I saw after Katrina that it had been damaged, so I made a mental note to check it out.  Well, it took another year before I made another trip out to Louisiana to get around to it, but I finally did.

Of note on the way south across the lake is the construction of the new twin span which will replace the Katrina-damaged existing bridges.

Katrina took whole sections of the road and knocked them off the columns and into the water.  Both of the two bridges had gaps, so they cannibalized one to fill in the other and made it two-way (one lane each) while they repaired the other side.

The bridge is just over five miles, in case you're wondering.

This is about the best shot I (or Dani, actually) could get of the newest stuff while we were speeding along.

As you can see, the new bridge will be higher, presumably above the maximum storm surge associated with a Category 5 hurricane.

Also noteworthy are the columns which are angled in the directions of the traffic to make them more stable.

Just on the other side of the lake (in the eastern-most part of New Orleans East), there are plenty of little homes and fishing cabins.  This was a typical one, and Katrina did a number on it.

As you can see, the walls were busted out.

Another quick view before we continue on to...

...the castle!

What isn't clear from this vantage is that the whole place is leaning toward the lake.  This is obvious from the bridge (behind it; too small to see here though), but there's no way to get out of the car on it to get a shot (no emergency lanes).

Up closer.  You can see a couple of the windows are boarded up.

Troll entrance?  WTF?

The main entrances were boarded up and sealed with padlocks.  Maybe Rapunzel's inside?

The burglar guards weren't enough to stop Katrina from getting to the windows (and beyond, I'm sure).

Like I said above, I remember seeing more extensive damage from Katrina on the outside, but it looks as though much of it has been addressed.  I'm not sure why it isn't occupied at the moment.

One of the burglar guards came down, presumably pulled off by a hoard of barbarians.

The neighbors probably laughed when the castle was first erected, but I think in this case, he who lasts laughs.

Alexplored 12/23/07.
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