1847 Greek Revival – New Orleans, LA

SOLD / Archived From 2015
Added to OHD on 8/27/15 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 42 Comments
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  • $550,000
  • 5 Beds
  • 6 Bath
  • 4500 Sq Ft
Exceptional 4500 square foot historic townhome in the highly desirable Coliseum Square Park neighborhood. Restored in 1987, it has architectural elements such as fourteen foot ceilings, medallions, electrified gasolier crystal chandeliers, huge pocket doors, marble fireplaces, heart pine floors, faux bois, and faux marble throughout. This is a rare and disappearing opportunity to own a piece of New Orleans' history. Thisgrand mansion does need some TLC, but it can be a significant historic gem.
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Cynthia Reeves, Dorian Bennett Sotheby's      504-944-3605
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  1. Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10321 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I’ve exhausted my time in trying to find out the history including a build date. The old pic is when it was a boarding house. Anyone want to give it a try?

    I’m surprised this being a Sotheby’s listing there are not more photos especially of the rooms. Details are nice but room views are nicer.

  2. AvatarTracy says: 102 comments

    I read, ‘Restored in 1987,’ and thought, “Wow! That place went downhill fast. What the heck?” And then the fact that that was darn near 30 years ago finally sunk in. For me, 1987 was just a couple weeks ago. I’m starting to feel (and show) my age more and more. 🙂

  3. AvatarCarole says: 6 comments

    Kelly, does this help? (I tried to send a link but no go…) Look in Google Books:
    “New Orleans Architecture: The Lower Garden District” page 126. I think that is your house.

  4. RosewaterRosewater says: 4542 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Fingers crossed: maybe the agent will update the listing with more panoramic photos after the cleanout has finished: though I doubt it will happen. As hot as the NOLA market is, (especially for high end fixers), this stunning property will probably sail off the market in no time.

    Looks like the “restoration” which happened in the 80’s took a VERY light hand to the place. If that ceiling medallion has more than one, (very old), coat of paint, I’d be quite surprised. Hopefully the new owner, (gawd willing, not a flipper – which NOLA is plagued with), will appreciate the patina of ages which this house is blessed to retain, and preserve as much of that character as possible.

    This house is stunning, and I sure hope we get to see more of it. A+

    • AvatarShea says: 22 comments

      Rosewater, I read the first sentence of your post quickly and saw “paranormal” photos. Given the house’s location it may not be too far out of the realm and for some that could be a selling point. 🙂 I agree more photos of the inside would be fantastic. I don’t know much about the geography of New Orleans could this building have suffered damage during Katrina. That would add to it’s “age” since the 1987 restoration.

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 4542 comments
        OHD Supporter

        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Ghosts – schmosts. Those energies are all in the inner eye of the beholder. I choose to ignore -most- of them.

        Gratefully; the Garden district was mostly spared any storm damage. In fact, the city was hardly damaged at all by the storm itself; as we are hearing from NPR ad nauseam this week.

        I just LOVE this house. Oh Yeah. Cheers Shea!

  5. SeanSean says: 161 comments
    1928 Spanish Revival
    Long Beach, CA

    Beautiful classic house! The exterior needs some work, but I don’t mind a little “quiet decay”… especially in a magical city like New Orleans. (Maybe I should not read as much Anne Rice as I do. LOL!)

    • Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10321 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I see it’s mentioned but there’s no preview for the page for me, is there for you?

      • AvatarCorey says: 1 comments

        Go to page 125 and scroll down, it’s on the next page. Claims 1857 for the build year.

      • AvatarCarole says: 6 comments

        I get 5 pictures of houses on Euterpe Street, each pic is more than one house. I believe this house is pictured with this description: “1426-30-32 Euterpe between Prytania and Coliseum streets. Three Greek Revival row houses with a gallery of Doric and Corinthian columns across the facade. The entablature curves at the ends of the gallery. Probably built for Thaddeus Waterman, who sold one of the houses in 1857. The house at the left (1426?) was demolished in 1971.” This book was published in 1998. I can’t view pages 127-133 to see if other houses on that street are pictured.

        • Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10321 comments

          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          Cool, thanks!

        • AvatarCarole says: 6 comments

          In 1897 Miss Alicia Jumonville lived at this location. She was a member of the “League of American Wheelmen”. Wouldn’t you love to see a picture of her on her bicycle? Also through one of my genealogy sites I have sent a message to a man who says his father lived in this house when it was a boarding house in the 20’s and 30’s. It was run by his grandmother. I have given him this link and hope he will get in touch.
          Kelly, the only problem with your site is that I spend way too much time here! Thanks.

          • Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10321 comments

            1901 Folk Victorian
            Chestatee, GA

            I spend too much time here too! But glad you are enjoying it. 🙂

          • JimHJimH says: 4197 comments
            OHD Supporter

            The grandmother must have been Sarah M. Poirier (1863-1944) who offered furnished rooms here at the time the archive photo was taken. According to the census she didn’t own the place but ran it for someone else. Her rent was $37.50, a lot of money in 1930! There were 25 people living in the entire building including Sarah’s son Benjamin, nephew Joseph and his wife Eva. The girl in the photo may be Cecilia Weber, 19, a hotel stenographer who rented a $12 room at 1426 by herself.

  6. Paul WPaul W says: 562 comments

    I remember going by this house in 2002, the neighborhood wasn’t exactly “highly desirable’ but that’s an opinion. The problem with New Orleans Real estate is there is so much vacant property that getting eth city back to capacity will take a while. The price seems high but everyone is “speculating” on New Orleans right now, that it will come back in the same way Charleston did after its hurricane. You have to have very deep pockets and love humidity to do this house.

  7. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments

    That type of decorative iron balustrade was an Antebellum mainstay. Most of it came from Eastern foundries and was either shipped down the Ohio and then Mississippi Rivers or brought up from the Gulf. New Orleans has more of this finely detailed architectural iron than almost any other city. (Savannah and Charleston also come to mind) The arched marble Italianate mantel and intricate plaster ceiling medallion are also consistent with the late Antebellum period. One would need to look at deed maps and other sources to determine if this is not an even earlier house that was upgraded in the 1850’s. The presence of the past is almost palpable here. I’d hope, as others have suggested, that this one isn’t over-restored and heaven forbid, gutted and modernized inside-the time capsule feel is an important part of what makes this one special. Worth noting is that property values have rebounded in many NOLA areas in the decade since Katrina but this one still appears to justify the asking price for its unique merits as few homes of this period are so pristine and untouched.

    • AvatarLoriSW says: 11 comments

      Thanks for all of your comments, John, I am learning so much!

      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments

        You’re Welcome, Lori. Hearing positive feedback makes me feel that the time I spend here is worthwhile. Too many old houses are still being needlessly razed so helping others to understand them and their importance to all of us as part of our collective heritage is a goal I’ve taken to heart.

  8. AvatarLoriC says: 1 comments

    The following is a message I posted on ancestry.com a few years ago:
    My father, Gerard Poirier, grew up in New Orleans on 1432 Euterpe in the lower Garden District. This house was a boarding house run by his grandmother Sarah Mary Downey Poirier. They lived there with my grandfather, Benjamin Cyril Poirier, grandmother Jacquelina (Lina) Bourgeois Poirier, and great-great aunt Mary Sarah Downey. My father remembers large portraits of family members, one with several people, another with two people. He lived there during the late 1920’s-30’s. I would like to know what happened to those paintings and if anybody still has them, could they send my a picture of them and identify the people. Also any other information concerning the family–pictures, documents, etc., would be greatly appreciated.

  9. AvatarMW says: 725 comments

    Katrina probably didn’t do it any favors. But at least it is still standing and actually in pretty good shape considering that.

    Too bad the other 1/2 is gone though. They looked awesome together. Kind of like losing your Siamese twin. I wonder how they cut off the missing 1/2 and fixed the wound.

    Certainly looks like in desperate condition from the street view. And that neighbor hood, “highly desirable”? Having a hard time seeing it from the street view. Must be a matter of perspective or relatively speaking. Surely there must be a lot better neighborhoods than that in N.O.

  10. JimHJimH says: 4197 comments
    OHD Supporter

    The property for sale is the right half of the structure in the 1st photo. The lot is 30′ by 120′. It looks like there’s some yard in the rear but I don’t see parking (probably not unusual for NOLA but a deal killer for me).
    The house was restored by Thomas W. Tucker, an attorney and leading preservationist for this neighborhood. He died in 2011 and he’s still on the books as the owner. I’m going to guess (and hope) the house is in better shape than it looks. I imagine the owner gathered a thick file on the home’s history that would be interesting to see.

  11. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 790 comments

    I was practically salivating to see the kitchen and baths, even a parlor. How frustrating that Sotheby’s chose not to post actual room photos. I think there might be a couple more on the Dorian Bennett website — but again, just random details. One of the pictures was a close-up of books.

  12. AvatarLaurie W. says: 1602 comments

    The photos are disappointing, I agree. Close-ups of architectural elements are useful & often lovely, but there isn’t a single picture of a room. Frustrating. Hope very much this house goes to somebody who appreciates its (unseen) beauty & most of all, its history. I love the dapper fellow on the steps in the 1930s photo.

    I don’t think the neighborhood, or at least the block, looks too bad, if not “highly desirable.” Houses all seem well cared for — this is the only sad orphan. The sidewalks need work but that is the city’s responsibility.

  13. AvatarSapphy says: 417 comments

    If i didn’t detest humidity so much, i’d consider this one! It’s got so much potential.

  14. Avatarimjen1029 says: 2 comments

    Thank You Kelly for having this site. I have a huge love of historic homes and the history of them. I found this site by accident and so glad I did not only do I get to see all these historic homes I also get some of the history also. THANK YOU!!!

  15. AvatarJess Myers says: 1 comments

    My guess is he didn’t take more room photos because they are in such poor condition it might deter potential buyers for doing a sight visit. The home truly is spectacular however my fear is it will be purchased and cut up into condos which is happiness to so many historic homes what an outrage! I follow the realist ate market there very closely and this is happening to most of the old homes and restoration of them is terrible makes them look like modern junk. Love this site sorry for the rant. Just Passionate about New Orleans and historical homes!

  16. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10321 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Sold for $540,000.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4542 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Hope the new owner realizes what a GEM they have there, (the rarest of birds in it’s preserved state in NOLA), and (PLEASE!) don’t flip the crap out of it, or gawd forbid “restore” it. This place just oozes history. Jealous!!

      • JimHJimH says: 4197 comments
        OHD Supporter

        Agree 100% with all of that.

        I thought of this place the other day reading about the legendary Paul Prudhomme, who put Cajun food and New Orleans back on the map for something other than Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras. RIP

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