If you’ve got a cool $5 million lying around and wish to join a storied lineage of homeowners that includes Anne Rice and Nicolas Cage, then we’ve got a deal for you. The circa-1856 abode was designed by architect Henry Howard, who also created iconic New Orleans structures ranging from the upper Pontalba buildings to the “cornstalk fence mansion.” This Greek-Italianate Revival mansion was as a home for coffee importer Henry T. Daily Lonsdale (who also invented burlaps sacks, according to the listing) before becoming Our Mother of Perpetual Help chapel and the Redemptorist Girls’ School.
Harbingers of the home’s former life are present inside and on the grounds, where you’ll find an intricate ironwork pavilion and Virgin Mary statue. The crystal chandelier-hung, molding- and medallion-frosted great room at the entrance served as the chapel, and a curving central staircase and stained-glass window mark the spot of the former altar.
Today, a formal living area with a bar acquired by Nicolas Cage and a pool table owned by Dean Martin sits at one side of the staircase, and a 20-seat custom dining table sits at the other. The six-bedroom, eight-bathroom mansion covers 11,455 square feet, not counting its 1,600 square feet of cast-iron galleries and marble porches.
Via: Margaret Stewart and Britt Galloway of Latter&Blum, Inc.