St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans, Louisiana (1789). Photo ca. 1901.
In contrast to most American burial grounds, where nature provides the keynote, it is architecture that dominates New Orleans's cemeteries. In this regard they are similar to urban cemeteries in France or Italy. Few trees or shrubs appear along the grid of narrow paths and streets. Instead, small stone houses (most of them actually made of plaster-covered brick), in various revival styles, crowd together in a sort of facsimile of the nearby city of the living.