Fans of the Saenger Theatre’s mosaic tile floors, crystal chandeliers, and intricate moldings will find much to admire in this neoclassical home, which was built in 1910 by the Saenger’s architect, Emile Weil.
The 5,016-square-foot property at 1645 Soniat Street sits a stone’s throw from St. Charles Avenue. Parade views are possible from the mosaic-tiled, Ionic column-flanked front entrance, and a shady, oversized lot offers ample space for viewing parties and crawfish boils. There’s also a gazebo and pool tucked in the backyard.
Features original to the house, including crystal chandeliers, Tupelo floors, whimsical woodworking, and five working fireplaces (now converted to gas), are present throughout.
Five bedrooms, three bathrooms and a massive walk-in closet are tucked beneath the house’s slate roof on the second and third floors. The heated, cooled, 1,695-square-foot ground level basement provides additional space.
The first floor layout consists of a formal dining room, music room, foyer, formal parlor, and rear kitchen. This warren of rooms offers a glimpse at early 20th-century life and entertainment in New Orleans from the architect responsible for so many of the city’s landmark buildings.