Located on historic St. Charles Avenue and known locally as the “Wedding Cake” house due to its many layers of exterior decoration, this house is perhaps the most photographed house in New Orleans. The house was constructed in 1896 and is an outstanding example of the picturesque mode of the Colonial Revival style of architecture.
The current owners are only the third owners since the house was built at the turn-of-the-century. The house experienced unfortunate interior alterations and underwent unsympathetic renovations over the years. Due to its age, it had also lost much of its exterior ornament by the time of the renovation.
During the course of the extensive renovation, the main public rooms of the house were meticulously restored. The Kitchen was completely remodeled with custom made cabinets, white Carrera marble countertops, antique flagstone floors and a wood beamed ceiling. The former Butler’s Pantry was remodeled into a generous Breakfast Room and doors were added to connect the Breakfast room visually to the landscaped side yard. A new rear addition houses a new pantry, an elevator and a second set of stairs to the second floor.
The single largest change was the creation of a new Garden Room connecting the house to the exterior by means of a large glass circular bay window designed to be in keeping with the original design of the house. Other axial views thru the house were restored and in some cases newly created to give additional connection to the exterior.
On the second floor all Bedrooms and Baths were completely modernized into 21st Century luxury but in keeping with the feeling of a period house. New walk-in closets were added in the Master Suite.
The third floor of the residence which had been unoccupied for 50 years was renovated to include a large Den/ Media Room with a large walk-in Wine Cellar. The 3rd floor also houses a Guest Suite and a Suite for the children’s live-in nanny.
The grounds were also completely redone and landscaped with a new fencing, a glass tile faced pool, terraces, patios and walks to create a series of outside rooms, both private and public.