Finding Hidden Treasure

Finding Hidden Treasure in New Orleans. I spotted this project underway in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans during my recent visit there.

It is an excellent example of how past alterations often hide important character-defining features under modern finishes -waiting to be rediscovered and restored. The image on the left is from Google streetview and shows the house before the recent selective demo. My photo on the right shows what remained hidden – essentially the entire historic double gallery with its turned, scroll-cut, stick, and bead Victorian trim elements. Other than the second-story railing, it is all still there. The inset photo is a close-up of the wonderful brackets supporting the gallery roof.

How to analyze changes to a house over time is covered in Chapters 2 and 3 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.” Chapter 6 addresses demolition and how to uncover hidden historic elements carefully.

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling hardcover book are available from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

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