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The Garden District's Cornstalk Fence Mansion Hits the Market

Leave it to our fair city to do it big on the real estate market during Curbed NOLA's celebration of all things small. No matter its size, we certainly can't ignore the historic Cornstalk Fence Mansion at 1448 Fourth St. This Garden District mansion spans 9,800 square feet and hasn't been on the market in well over two decades. Gorgeous archways adorn its interior, along with elegant chandeliers, crown molding and a staircase that is what old world New Orleans dreams are made of.

Built circa 1860, this home is also known as Colonel Short's Villa: a regal six bedroom, three and two half bath estate designed by legendary architect Henry Howard. Its iconic fence was created by Wood, Miltenberger, & Co, the same company that made the cornstalk french at the French Quarter's Cornstalk Hotel. Its unique design was supposed to quell the homesickness of Colonel Short's wife, a native of Iowa and far more accustomed to fields of corn than acres of marsh.

Former Louisiana Governor Governor Michael Hahn briefly called the mansion home, as did Gulf Commander Nathaniel P. Banks. Its current owner has painstakingly worked to return 1448 Fourth St to its former glory and it most definitely shows. When the mansion was purchased in 1994, it was swooped up for just $100K. Current asking price? $6.5M.


· 1448 Fourth St [Realtor.com]
· On The Market [Curbed NOLA]