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Uncle of Edgar Degas' Historic Mansion Asks $2.9M

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The facts on this nearly 165 year old Italianate mansion are dizzying — famed architect James Gallier and once the home of Edgar Degas' maternal uncle, Michael Musson, this eight bedroom estate is truly a piece of New Orleans history. Its eight bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and two half baths make its 7,015 square footage entirely believable. Elegant lace ironwork is present throughout its two story exterior and the property even includes a stable and cistern, both considered just as historic as the home itself.

You may not recognize the name, but Michael Musson is the one of the biggest reasons why we know so much about Edgar Degas' inner workings today. Degas' maternal uncle was meticulous in both his correspondences and their filings. What he added to New Orleans' history in addition to the Degas canon was also considerable. Prior to the Civil War sending the region into upheaval, Musson was New Orleans' Postmaster as well as the president of Factors and Traders Insurance.

When the war finally ended in 1869, Musson's finances had taken a major hit and that is when he sold 1331 Third St, a home that he had built for his wife and seven children. His next property would be the home that Degas came to temporarily live and paint at 2306 Esplanade Ave. 1331 Third St has seen a lot, though it's been expertly maintained. Asking price is $2.9M for this gargantuan, gorgeous home that sits on nearly half an acre of land.


· 1331 Third St [Trulia]
· Michael Musson and Odile Longer: Degas' Aunt and Uncle in New Orleans [Degas Legacy]
· Edgar Degas [Curbed NOLA]
· On The Market [Curbed NOLA]