"Granitoid" Pavement, University Place (1912)
The Behrman administration was inordinately proud of its city-wide paving program, as
this language suggests:
For the past year or two, there is probably no city in this country where the business portion
and the residence districts have been provided with more or better quality of pavements than in New
Orleans, a fact which adds greatly to the interest taken by strangers when they visit these sections of our
The 1912 volume includes a list of streets paved with the Rodolph S. Blome Co. of Chicago's "Granitoid"
pavement. This product, the manufacturers promised, was "sanitary, inexpensive to keep clean, not
slippery, and the low cost of maintenance, its adaptability for residence and business streets, under all
climate conditions, together with its uniform and pleasing appearance, have caused its adoption by
numerous cities from the Atlantic to the Pacific Coast."
This photograph was taken on University Place and shows the Hotel Grunewald Hotel (later the Roosevent,
the Fairmont) in the background.