New Orleans “Steamboat House.”

Photo: Jyl Benson.

This delightful architectural “Steamboat House” confection is one of a pair built by the Doullut family in New Orleans’ Holy Cross neighborhood in 1905 and 1913.

Likely inspired by the Japanese Pavilion at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904, the eclectic and exotic houses combined modern materials like glazed brick and decorative pressed tin with traditional turned-wood ornament. The draped garlands along the upper gallery are turned wood “beads” strung on metal cables.

Steamboat captains Milton and Mary Doullut (the first licensed female riverboat pilot) built their house in 1905 with the help of their son, Paul. Seven years later, a copy of the house was constructed nearby for Paul and his family. You can read more at: https://www.verylocal.com/steamboat-houses-new-orleans/23719/

Understanding the style of a house will help you know which features are character-defining so you can prioritize their preservation.

Exotic and Eclectic houses are among the 25 architectural styles and types described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available directly from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

The classic volume on identifying historic house styles, “A Field Guide to American Houses” by Virginia McAlester, is also available in our shop, along with other authors’ select restoration and preservation titles.

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