NEW ORLEANS, LA - In 1957, visionary New Orleans modernist architect Albert C. Ledner designed and built this architectural gem as a personal home for his growing family. A graduate of Tulane School of Architecture and a former apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright, Mr. Ledner went on to design over 40 residences in the New Orleans area, as well as a series of meeting halls for the National Maritime Union, including three prominent Manhattan buildings. His wife, Bealah Ledner, was the creator of the famous New Orleans Doberge cake.
This unique light-filled home combines large and open organic spaces with a plentitude of luminous windows and skylights. Two conjoined star-shapes comprise the extraordinary entertaining and living quarters. The aesthetic qualities of the house create a true sense of balance and harmony with its natural surroundings, and suggest ways in which nature may be brought inside as an integral ingredient in the home. Offered on the market for the very first time, this extraordinary home is situated in the desirable Lakewood South neighborhood and offers 24-hour security.
Living room immediately upon entering the home, the dramatic foyer declares the visual dynamism and eclecticism of the home. Illuminated by skylight, this open foyer features as its focal point an indoor garden, and showcases Ledner’s eye for meticulous artistic detail. Fine examples include the unique angled front door, the mosaic mural, blue tiled floor, and the intricate angles of the walls and ceiling.
The spectacular and unique star-shape of the home is visible upon entering the large and airy open living and dining room. Gorgeously illuminated by skylight, this extraordinary room boasts a whimsically folded soaring ceiling accented by handsome decorative woodworking. Organically divided into several spaces, this room features multiple seating areas, a beautiful built-in desk with light feature, and a marble fireplace as its focal point.
From the dining room, one naturally turns into the sunny breakfast room, which beautifully showcases Ledner’s panache and style. The breakfast room in turns flows into a warm and spacious kitchen accented by a blue and green mosaic backsplash, Ledner’s unique light fixtures, and beautifully illuminated by triangular glass transoms.
A large laundry room off the kitchen also serves as an additional pantry or work-shop space. The elaborate and fanciful double skylights, triangular glass interior windows, detailed jointed woodworking, and curved wall all attest to the fine craftsmanship and detail Ledner poured into this home.
A gorgeous master suite features sliding glass doors and lush views of the tranquil grounds. An enormous walk-in closet augments the suite.
The exquisite architectural detail and style continue in the additional three spacious and sunny bedrooms.
A large separate workshop, formerly attached to the main house by a glass enclosed hallway, has potential for a multitude of alternative usages. This space boasts all of the eye-catching architectural details of the main house, and could be easily renovated to be a gorgeous guest house. The top floor, no longer existent, was previously used as Ledner’s office and had sweeping views of the lake. The stairwell and structural support for a second story are still present and ripe for a dramatic restoration.
Albert C. Ledner’s life and career were documented in the 2017 film Designing Life: The Modernist Architecture of Albert C. Ledner, directed by Catherine Ledner and Roy R. Beeson.