Eleanor Farnsworth Represents Sale of $2.75 Million Greek Revival Masterpiece
Posted by LuxuryRealEstate.com — October 25, 2019
NEW ORLEANS, LA - Gardner Realtors is pleased to announce the sale of 2507 Prytania Street, for $2,750,000 represented by Eleanor Farnsworth.
This historic Greek Revival mansion dazzles with all the splendor and grace of storied New Orleans entertaining at its finest. Stunningly restored and marvelously renovated with every amenity, this lavish home spares no luxury. Designed by New Orleans architect John Barnett, who was best known for his design of the magnificent Coliseum Place Baptist Church in the 1850’s, the mansion was originally commissioned by Joseph H. Maddox, owner of the New Orleans Daily Crescent newspaper. Notably featured as Leonardo DiCaprio’s mansion “The Cleopatra Club” in Quentin Tarantino’s movie, Django Unchained, the house was also once the home of Ella Brennan, famed grande dame of New Orleans dining and founder of nearby Commander’s Palace. Additional notables from Samuel L. Jackson to Bob Hope and Rock Hudson have all visited the mansion.
Dramatic iron lace double balconies connected by fluted Ionic columns adorn the façade of this stately home. The grandeur of this first impression is further augmented by the wrought iron fence opening to a flagstone path which leads to the front door, framed by gas-burning lamps and by lush, manicured landscaping.
Immediately upon entering the home, the elegant center hall enchants with 14-foot ceilings topped with double transparency cornices. Illuminated by an arresting chandelier beneath a fine plaster medallion, the foyer is further enhanced by unique walnut doorframes in keyhole design. A gorgeous mural painted by German artist Vera Reinike, depicting the flora and fauna of Louisiana, enlivens the foyer and extends up the stairwell. The handsome stair is fashioned of Louisiana cypress, mahogany and walnut.
The breathtaking grand ballroom, known as the Gold Room, presides as the last of the old New Orleans ballrooms. Every detail of this opulent room dazzles and delights. Corinthian columns with intricate certified gold leaf foliate capitals, arch-ways and elaborate cornices sweep the eye up to the stunning, hand-painted ceiling, a replica of the original tapestry ceiling, designed by a 19th century Viennese artist. Graceful chandeliers hang beneath sumptuous gold leaf plaster medallions and a pair of black Italian marble mantles with Italian tile hearths anchor the room. The oak floor panels are laid diagonally for heightened dramatic effect. Three sets of floor-to-ceiling windows open onto balconies.
The formal dining room conserves all the grace found in the center hall with a soaring ceiling, crown molding and hardwood floors. Floor-to-ceiling windows opening to a side gallery illuminate the space. A lovely fireplace bordered with hand-painted tiles depicting a florid marshland scene serves as the focal point of the room.
The formal living room boasts many extraordinary features, including a unique, hand-carved mantle of rare burl walnut with a brass trim and Italian hearth, for which this room has been featured in several design publications, Louisiana Cypress floors and burl walnut pocket doors opening onto the dining room.
The powder room delights with fanciful, hand-painted walls in a richly hued harlequin design, a mercury glass ceiling, wainscoting, a limestone floor and a window opening onto the balcony.
The gourmet eat-in kitchen stuns with an impressive slab of Calacatta Gold marble topping the island and the counters. Stainless steel appliances and a custom dining table round out this comfortable space.
A large den off the kitchen overlooks the immaculate grounds. A French door opens to the patio and pool.
A second large den upstairs features custom cabinets painted in a distressed French finish, which encompass a small refrigerator and bar area. A gold leaf medallion and crystal chandelier lend additional splendor to the room.
A huge master suite with sitting room, six additional spacious bedrooms, six full bathrooms and a study round out the rooms on the second and third floors.
The immense, fenced grounds comprise a private, serene world—a perfect refuge from which to enjoy the outdoors, as well as an ideal space for outdoor entertaining at its finest.
The large brick patio, accessible by French doors at the rear of the house, boasts an outdoor kitchen with gas barbecue and overlooks a sparkling, saltwater heated pool. Magnificent park-like grounds sweep around the remainder of the property.
Additional features include a whole house generator, solar panels and seven air and heat systems. Existing elevator presently non-operational.
For more information, please contact:
Eleanor Farnsworth at 504-669-0211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.