A wrought iron fence is a status symbol in almost any culture, but in New Orleans it was raised to a high art form in the early part of the century. Many houses in New Orleans have metal fences but most were crafted by blacksmiths using the traditional heating and hammering of the metal process. The more expensive fences were cast in a mold and are heavier and more sturdy. Status was important in old school New Orleans and if you could afford it, you had unique designs setting your property off from your neighbors. All of the photos in this fence montage were taken in the Garden District.