What’s the Fleur-De-Lis’ meaning for New Orleans

Fleur-De-LisWalking or driving through New Orleans you see the city’s symbol, the fleur-de-lis (French for “flower of the lily”), everywhere. You’ll  find it on buildings and on flags around the city. Furthermore,  many businesses, including restaurants have the “fleur-de-lis” either as part of their name, or show the symbol in their company logo. There are actually three of them in the City’s flag and of course the Saints Football Team carry the symbol on their helmets.  There is even a fleur-de-fis playground on Fleur de Lis Drive. In July 2008, then Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a law making the fleur-de-lis the official symbol of Louisiana. Why is the symbol so ingrained into the city’s history?

A Little Background

The fleur-de-lis, a stylized lily or iris, is usually associated with the French monarchy, in particular with the Royal House of Bourbon. In addition, many of the French Catholic saints, especially St. Joseph, are depicted with a lily. It is said that French explorer, René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, who named the entire Mississippi basin La Louisiana to honor Louis XIV, planted a fleur-de-lis flag at the mouth of the Mississippi river.

In New Orleans the popularity of the symbol probably comes from some of these origins, since it represents a tie to the city’s French heritage.

Ricca’s selective demolition works to preserve the city’s charm. In most cases, 80% of any home can be saved from the landfill.

Ricca’s Architectural Sales has a lot of items from demolition in our inventory that we restore and preserve for future uses in both residential and commercial designs. We have lots of antiques and salvaged items such as knobs, locks, hinges, stained glass, ironwork, shutters, mantels, and doors. We have items that are hard to find, that are essential to completing a project.

We are the best place to come to find that special moulding, chandelier, or even small parts. If you are looking for something unique that will not only preserve and re-purpose salvaged parts, stop by Ricca’s Architectural Sales and find the perfect addition to your home or business.

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