￼For this "Creole compound," architect
Ken Tate combined elements that are typical of French Louisiana architecture with details that have a distinctly French West Indies-inspired look to reflect the home's waterfront setting just outside of New Orleans. With interiors designed by Ann Holden of Holden and Dupuy Interiors, the feel of the home is elegant but casual and embodies local traditions and culture. 87
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Located on a large peninsula and bordered by canals on three sides, the home consists of a central building and surrounding attached and detached outbuildings. Above is the home's stately entry, which features brick columns and walls that are covered in white plaster stucco. The roof is salvaged slate and the paving is salvaged granite.
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A large 15-foot tall porch greets visitors to the home. Hard tan salvaged New Orleans brick lines the landing and is also seen in the adjacent building.
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The entry hall is gracious and welcoming with a beautifully detailed federal style door that includes hand-blown glass and hand-made colonial hardware from Ball & Ball. A Venetian plaster finish on the walls adds a warm sheen to the space.
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The center of the home is a large grand salon that spans the length of the main building. The 15-foot hight ceiling features beams made from salvaged Douglas fir that create depth and dimension to the space. The twin settees and their fabric add to the French look of the home, a level of high-style rarely seen in Creole houses.
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The dining room is accessible from the grand salon by a pair of large pocket doors that can be closed off during special occasions. The exquisite painting is a part of the owner’s vast collection of early Louisiana impressionistic art. Interior designer Ann Holden's use of color and texture to complement the elegant architecture is clearly seen in this salon.
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The walls of the formal dining room are covered in a hand-painted canvas mural created by Gracie and Sons in New York City that features a sepia-toned depiction of the Louisiana swampland. The artist was flown over the actual swamps for a first-hand viewing.
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The library is directly off of the grand salon in an identical, but symmetrical, position as the dining room. The room is paneled in culled and matched sinker cypress wood from Louisiana swamps. The beams are painted to match the rest of the home, typical of Creole houses. The prints are original Currier and Ives that depict steamboats on the Mississippi River.
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Adjacent to the grand salon is the breakfast room. The hierarchy of rooms in the home is indicated by the finish of the ceiling beams. Primary spaces, like the grand salon, feature painted beams whereas services areas, like the breakfast room, have beams made from salvaged heart pine.
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Well-positioned between the grand salon and the large combined family room and kitchen area, the breakfast room is the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or a casual dinner. The cypress shutters to the left, when opened, reveal a beautiful cypress bar. The stone flooring is salvaged limestone from France that was provided and installed by Paris Ceramics.
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The spacious kitchen features two sets of large French casement windows that overlook the pool and a canal. The space features two islands: a casual one with seating and a stainless steel one from Bulthaup that is used for cooking and prep work. The stainless steel hood was made in England.
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The family room has views of, and access to, the private front courtyard. The mantle was custom-designed with federal style and creole elements and is made out of Louisiana Sinker Cypress. The French limestone floor gives that space and the adjacent kitchen area a relaxed feeling.
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The beautifully detailed colonial stair in the family room leads to the second floor, which includes two guest bedrooms as well as a children’s playroom and media room. The French door to the left opens to the front porch and the arched cypress door leads into the butler’s closet, caterer’s kitchen and the bar.
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A central hallway from the grand salon leads to the master suite, primary guest room, and laundry room as well as the main powder room, which is on the right, and the wrap-around porch, which is accessible on the left through a French door. Here, you can see from the grand salon into the breakfast room and the family sitting room beyond.
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The main powder room is adorned with hand painted foil paper from Gracie & Company, antique furnishings, and a P.E. Guerin gold faucet set and lavatory. The crystal and gold scones are also by P.E. Guerin.
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The entrance hall for the master suite is elegant and soothing and leads to the master bathroom, closet, rear courtyard and the master bedroom, which is seen beyond.
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The master bedroom has large windows on three sides, providing scenic views of the canals, pool house and rear courtyard. The limestone mantle is antique Louis XV, and the art is from the owner’s collection.
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Outside of the grand salon is a large 16-foot deep wrap-around porch and the rear courtyard. The paving is a random ashlar multi-colored Pennsylvania Bluestone—a material much loved in the New Orleans area. The gas lanterns were hand-made by
Bevelo Gas & Lighting, a New Orleans-based company, as were all of the lanterns used on the exterior of the house.
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This view of the rear of the home shows the large French Indies-inspired porch and three Spanish style arch top doors, which allow plenty of light into the breakfast room and butler’s pantry on the left and the powder and laundry rooms on the right. The elegant umbrella roof was also inspired by the French West Indies.
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The rear of the house, as seen here from across the canal, reveals the “compound” nature of the estate.