This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a significant house in New Orleans’ famous French Quarter. This is not just any house in the Quarter, but a mansion of grandeur.
“In 1819, the prosperous shipbuilder Arnaud Magnon commissioned Claude Gurlie and Joseph Guillot to design and build this magnificent home,” said Eleanor Farnsworth, the listing agent with Gardner Realtors. “Since then, the property has passed to such famous citizens as Jean Baptiste Poeyfarre’s widow, John Slidell, and the renowned historical painter, Alexandre Alaux.”
The original two-story square house with a pyramidal roof has expanded numerous times over the years, to now include three full stories crowned by a widow’s walk, a wing added to the main house and a separate two-story guest house overlooking the pool. The property has been exquisitely renovated, while retaining the grandeur of the original design. Notably, the mid-19th century renovation of the downstairs entertaining rooms to the Greek Revival style is attributed to New Orleans architect, John Gallier, Sr.
The house has a stunning marble entry foyer. It opens into a sky-lit meeting room, with Greek Key crown molding, elaborate plaster transoms, handsome wainscoting, and glimmering marble floors. A wine room adjacent to the meeting room holds more than 1,100 bottles, and is one of two wine rooms. Through the meeting room is a grand foyer illuminated by three sets of French doors opening onto the courtyard and the grounds.
The double formal living room has two original plaster medallions, two chandeliers, crown molding and intricately inlaid parquet floors. Double fireplaces of dressed black marble inlaid with amber-veined black marble are at each end of the living room. Natural light pours in through a pair of French doors which open onto a walled, private courtyard. There are additional French doors leading to the other entertaining rooms.
A billiard room off the dining room provides the perfect place for after-dinner entertainment. Exquisite crown molding pairs with detailed molding around the double built-in bookshelves to create an imminently elegant space. The majestic marble fireplace matches the pair found in the formal living room. A handsome chandelier, inlaid parquet floors, and French doors are also here plus there is a marble powder room.
A great room with beamed ceilings and wide hardwood floors boasts four sets of French doors opening to the immense courtyard and spectacular pool. A fireplace and built-in cabinets faux painted to look like pickled wood complete the trimmings.
There is also a full bar with its own wine room, icemaker, refrigerator, and copper sink. A marble gallery with French doors connects the great room to the other entertaining rooms.
“The gourmet kitchen, illuminated by a skylight, has marble counter tops, new porcelain tile floors, and stainless steel appliances,” said Farnsworth. “It is flanked by a substantial butler’s pantry and a lovely breakfast room with French doors opening to the lush grounds.”
The master bedroom has crown molding, a mantle, hardwood floors and billowing drapes. French doors open onto a wrap-around balcony. A master closet and dressing room have a marble mantle and built-in vanity, a marble bath with sumptuous tub and built-in cabinetry.
Across the hall from the master lies a bedroom with crown molding, a wood mantle, built-in bookshelves and French doors, as well as a walk-in closet and marble bath.
A third suite of rooms, composed of a foyer, study, bedroom, and two full baths, may be accessed from the second floor foyer as well as by a back stair. A two-story guest house overlooks the heated pool.
“This unparalleled estate commands the coveted intersection of Ursulines Avenue and Royal Street,” said Farnsworth, “with breathtaking views of the Mississippi River and one of the largest courtyards in the Vieux Carré.”
Angela Carll may be reached at email@example.com
About this House
620 Ursulines in the French Quarter
12,365 square feet
60 x 192, 39 x 65, 39 x 88 for a total of 14,425 square feet
Eight full/three half
Gated parking for fifteen cars. Three electric gates operable by smart phone Microwave, Refrigerator, Fireplace
Eleanor Farnsworth, CRS, GRI , BRC