If it wasn’t located in a residential neighborhood, this blocky brick, glass, and steel home might be mistaken for an art museum—and that’s not far from its original function. Lee Ledbetter, the architect behind the Sydney and Walda Bestoff Sculpture Garden, designed the home in 2002 for Dr. Russell Albright, a prominent photography collector. It has re-emerged on the market after being delisted in July.
Its museum-quality lighting, 16-foot floating ceilings, and natural stone floors served as perfect blank slate for Albright’s photographs, which comprised “one of the finest collections of contemporary American and European photography in the United States,” according to a 2004 article in the Times-Picayune.
Albright passed away in 2017 and donated his collection to the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). The Lakeshore Drive home remains a noteworthy work in its own right. It has been featured in NOMA’s Art and Home Tour, House & Garden magazine, and in 2006, it was named one of New Orleans Magazine’s top 10 new buildings of the decade. The house also appears in Ledbetter’s book, The Art of Place: Architecture and Interiors.
Highlights include a floating, curvilinear staircase that gracefully spans double-height windows made of impact-resistant glass. The 4,500-square-foot home’s steel frame construction is also hurricane- and termite-resistant.
A stainless-steel chimney provides contemporary style, and the kitchen and butler’s pantry, wine coolers, illuminated live oaks, and bamboo-shaded terrace provide an ideal backdrop for entertaining.
Via: Jared English of Congress Realty