Mardi Gras' parades and festivities have all ended, but I've still got New Orleans on my mind. In this Coveted Crib, I introduce you to the Wedding Cake House, an ostentatious Victorian Georgian revival mansion, named for its frosting of layers of balconies, cornices and columns. Built in 1896, the house is one of the most prominent and recognizable historical residences along St. Charles Ave, and is home to Attorney Calvin Fayard, one of the region's major political fund-raisers for the Democratic Party. It recently underwent a $6 million dollar renovation by Trapolin Architects including a "full restoration of the exterior facades of the main house and two accessory buildings; extensive improvements to the landscaping and grounds; complete renovation of the existing interior spaces; and the addition of a rear entry vestibule and stair." Project Architect Patrick Melancon says it was a challenge to balance," the aesthetic of a new wing of the house within the context and complexity of the existing, heavily ornate Victorian façade posed the primary design challenge." But, I find the results to be breath-taking, and a dangerously eye-catching sight for the drivers of the recently revived St. Charles streetcars.
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