OFFERED AT: $1,695,000
Henry Howard (1818-1884), one of the 19th centuries great architects, not only left an indelible mark on Louisiana with so many iconic structures, but has left us here in New Orleans with his last known commission, the classic Howard masterpiece at 1914 Esplanade Avenue.
It was designed for the commission merchant, Auguste Tete and is an elaborate development of an earlier 1877 design. It is a frame house and a reiteration of the forms Howard had used for years and which we today honor and which are documented in the Robert Brantley compilation of his work, Henry Howard, Louisiana’s Architect, which was co-authored with a Howard descendant, Victor McGee.
There are many Howard plantation houses and Garden District houses which have survived but 1914 has been lovingly cared for, one can only imagine, by its many owners. Some changes have been made, a wall, a door, a room size, but it is much as it was when it was designed by the master himself. It has14’ ceilings.
The exterior facade is grand with its two story gallery and with the familiar rhythm of its so-typical segmented arches and an extraordinary principal entrance. The exterior is literally unchanged.
The interior is a full buffet of Howard details beginning with the soaring staircase with delightful low risers; and a huge ballroom to the left with sliding doors that could connect and open the adjacent dining room and library to make one spectacular area. It has lush millwork and all of the original mantels, many of them white Italianate gems. Even the old wine room and dependency cause us to pause, especially the original kitchen fireplace chimney and brickwork.
The second floor was spacious, because Mr. Tete had three daughters, and is as practical for today’s living needs as it was when it was built. Howard is at his best with the masterbedroom suite that opens onto the front gallery.
There are areas that need some restoration, or perhaps updating, but structurally the home is solid and only awaits a new caretaker and a new chapter of living at its best.
Listed by Ernesto Caldeira 504.523.1553 and David Abner Smith 504.495.2387 – Office 504.944.3605