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Coveted Crib: the Wedding Cake House

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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Johnnie-B Johnnie-B 8 years
The outside looks amazing, but what they don't tell you is that Katrina didn't destroy it, the new owner, Calvin Fayard and Trapolin "the butcher" architect gutted and DESTROYED the entire interior of the house, which was mostly untouched, still with ALL original fixtures since 1896. The de La Houssaye family house, as it is properly called, was built in 1896 and remained in the family for close to 100 years. It's a shame what they did to this masterpiece with hand painted mural ceilings in every room PAINTED OVER. This once beautiful ,Historic house in New Orleans might as well be located in Chalmette or Kenner (that means tacky). Of all the houses nouveau riche money can buy, why did they ruin this beloved New Orleans treasure. Sad. VER SAD. And no, Anne Rice never lived there. No, not the "Real World" house.
Zeinobia Zeinobia 9 years
It is so beautiful , It is like the old houses we have in Zamalak and Garden city at Cairo ,I want to live in something like this
chibarosa chibarosa 9 years
I always thought Anne Rice lived there.
em113 em113 9 years
beautiful! It reminds me of the house they stayed in during Real World New Orleans ages ago.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
that house is AMAZING. i'm so glad to see that it wasn't ruined in the hurricane. you always fear things like that happening to such a beautiful and recognizable home
amers230 amers230 9 years
i want this house
leeapeea leeapeea 9 years
This looks a lot like a house that was featured in a ginger-bread contest that was aired on Food TV this past Christmas. Does anyone know what I am talking about? Is it the same house?
shellbelle1 shellbelle1 9 years
One of my favorite things to do when I visit New Orleans is to just ride the steetcar down St. Charles and look at all of the amazing homes, they are truly breathtaking.
DCStar DCStar 9 years
I remember driving past this home in New Orleans on my last visit. I believe it's in the Garden District, not far from Tulane where my sister in law is at school.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Oh it's so pretty! I would love to live here teehee!
LesleyP825 LesleyP825 9 years
They have a wedding cake house in Kennebunk Maine that we used to drive by all the time camping. It's so pretty!
emalove emalove 9 years
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Petronella Petronella 9 years
Amazing. I would love to life in a house like that.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
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