Thanks to its colorful exterior, this Victorian side hall in Bywater qualifies as one of New Orleans’ “painted ladies”— and the descriptor is more apt than a passerby could know. The home’s living and dining areas are covered in gorgeous, intricate murals that depict key scenes from the Crescent City’s history.
“The back wall is a big scene of the river and how New Orleans was way back: an old plantation scene, a raised cemetery, a scene of (Jean-Batiste) Le Moyne Bienville,” said realtor Brett Rector, who owned the home from 2005 to 2016. “On another wall, there’s a scene of a variety of different houses from Bywater.”
Artist Ken Pierce, another former owner of the circa-1893 abode, painted the murals in 2002. They have aged naturally since then, showing wear in places but contributing to the overall patina of the home.
“(The murals) are fantastic—they alleviate the need to acquire a bunch of art,” Rector said.
The two-bedroom, one-bathroom home has plenty of other assets. There are marble countertops and backsplashes in the kitchen, as well as stainless-steel appliances and a farm sink. The bathroom features a glass enclosure shower by Broad Glass and Carrera marble counters.
A large, shady backyard backs up to Try-Me Coffee Mills, a family-owned, third-generation roasting house.
Though Rector has decamped to Arabi, he remembers his time at 4125 N. Rampart Street fondly.
“It’s like living in a painting.”
Via: Brett Rector of Witry Collective