Irish Channel Residence
New Orleans, LA
This Lower Garden District double-galleried townhouse had been divided into multiple apartments and was in a state of terrible disrepair. Fortunately for this historic 1850s beauty, the new homeowners saw in it the potential for their renovated single-family home. Albert Architecture shared their vision and worked closely with the homeowners to design a historically sensitive renovation that met their needs for modern life.
Design challenges included incorporating a new HVAC system while preserving the integrity of the home, transforming a 19th century floor plan to a working 21st century lifestyle, and repairing and exposing as much of the original handmade historic brick as possible. The new layout incorporated a master suite with an open curbless shower, an elevator for easier access to the upper floors, and a flat-seam copper roof deck carved out of unused attic space to allow the homeowners views of downtown and the Mississippi River. Albert Architecture worked with the homeowners to select tile, plumbing, and lighting fixtures, and all the cabinetry was custom designed for each space. The house was featured in a Preservation Resource Center happy hour, where its historic interest and significance were featured.