Many would argue that the loveliest road within the lovely metropolis of New Orleans is Audubon Place. It’s a large boulevard, gated and personal, lined with majestic previous oaks. Set behind an ornamental iron arch and two turreted stone gatehouses, there are simply 28 homes right here, together with the house of the president of Tulane College in addition to the previous dwelling of late sports activities franchise proudly owning billionaire Tom Benson, who owned the Saints and Pelicans.
Properties on this coveted road hardly ever come up on the market, and this grande dame, listed for $5.5 million by Eleanor Farnsworth at Latter & Blum, boasts a protracted historical past that begins with the founding of the unique enclave. In 1893, a gaggle of traders from Chicago and St. Louis had an thought to create a “residential park,” just like the backyard metropolis motion standard on the time, in New Orleans. They bought a big tract of land throughout from Audubon Park for $160,000, about $4.9 million at the moment. The traders needed to create a non-public neighborhood for millionaires, with the best properties within the metropolis. The Every day Picayune famous, “The thought is to beautify and embellish the place till it is without doubt one of the loveliest spots within the nation, after which sub-divide the land into tons for suburban residences of the finer sort.”f
In 1910, Herman Weil, the proprietor of a hat and trunk enterprise on Canal Road, purchased this 0.45 acre lot for $12,000. Then he employed architect Emile Weil (no relation) to design for him a Renaissance Revival home. Emile Weil is well-known in New Orleans because the architect of many native buildings—film theaters, shops, church buildings and synagogues, in addition to the stadium for the New Orleans Pelicans baseball group that was torn down in 1957.
For Weil, Emile designed a 9,365-square-foot, 15-room home with a classical entry porch and a dentil molded cornice. The home value greater than $20,000 to construct and included seven bedrooms and 4 baths. (Right this moment the home has 5 baths, plus a powder room.) Notably noteworthy are the swish flying staircase in addition to the oak and walnut parquet flooring, unique chandeliers, marble fireplaces, thick crown moldings, and quite a few built-ins. There’s even a pool out again.
The Weil household owned the home till 1971. It was then bought by architect F. Louis Dreyfous, whose agency designed the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge. A later proprietor let the home fall into some disrepair, and the property final bought for $4.5 million at a chapter public sale in 2019. Now, it has been partially renovated with a brand new roof, although it may actually use a brand new kitchen and loos. Fortuitously, the home retains a lot of its unique attraction and class because it awaits its subsequent chapter.