Hiding out in the far southern tip of the city is a wonderful, historic neighborhood with architectural characteristics representing a Creole and (later) German heritage. The Patch is a true gem that is often overshadowed by the larger Carondelet neighborhood to its north and west. This is a shame because The Patch has a lot to offer, from one-of-a-kind stone buildings (some Civil War era), to fantastic restaurants and shops, to great craft beer.
In recent years, The Patch has experienced a bit of a revitalization with new businesses and organizations clustered along South Broadway and near the Ivory Triangle. The neighborhood was once a thriving district for manufacturing. Read a nice write-up on the Carondelet Coke Smelting Plant here.
Halo Calvino, in his The Adventure of a Photographer wrote, “Photographed reality immediately takes on a nostalgic character…” This statement could not be better illustrated than by the images from this Flood, for the patchwork of this neighborhood is impossible to pass through without invoking a relic or two.
Our end point is not as pictured on the map. We had to make a last minute revision on where to meet-up afterward, and decided on the fabulous Melt in the Ivory Triangle. The Melt is a cozy neighborhood cafe with a wide-range of waffle options (our samplings were quite good). It’s an excellent place to hang with friends on a lazy Saturday… (Note: The Melt relocated to Cherokee Street, but unfortunately has closed again.)