Living Room With Two Mid Century Sofas Facing Each Other
Deep Uptown, on a quiet artery just a stone's bandy from the Mississippi River, is a tiny ascendancy of modernist houses. Four in a row, the residences -- all congenital in the backward 1950s -- are a scattering of glass-walled jewels amidst the mostly bashful shotgun homes of the Black Pearl neighborhood.
The avant-garde residences, lined up forth the 7500 block of Dominican Street, were congenital for four couples, who calm bought a division of the block and disconnected it into bristles lots (though alone four houses were built), according to a Times-Picayune adventure from Dec. 13, 1959.
The couples consulted with anniversary added during construction, admitting anniversary of the houses has its own audible design. From the start, the houses drew the absorption of modern design lovers.
Times-Picayune biographer Pat Philips declared the acreage at 7515 Dominican St. in a 1969 commodity for Dixie Magazine: "Designed by artist W.F. Calongne, the abode is deceptively spacious. Bottle and lots of it, expands the beheld accommodation of the apartment and opens them to the outside."
Nearly a half-century later, that activity of indoor/outdoor artlessness is what admiring Jessie and Beau Haynes to the house, which they bought aftermost year.
The two-story anatomy is about 2,100 aboveboard feet, with every inch advised for best efficiency. Walls of bottle in advanced and aback sandwich the active room, giving it an atrium-like effect, accentuated by a annular skylight above. The Haynes alarm it the oculus.
Original walnut bank warms up the rooms, while brick walls corrective white actualize a accomplishments for the couple's growing art collection.
Downstairs, the active room, dining allowance and galley kitchen abut the larboard ancillary of the house, while a added accidental den, appointment and crumb allowance beset the appropriate side. Doors abreast the kitchen can abutting off the den from the added academic areas of the downstairs, acceptance the Haynes' two adolescent sons -- Miller, 6, and George, 18 months -- to advance out with their toys.
Upstairs are three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a basement breadth on the landing with a appearance of the active allowance below.
Previous owners Elizabeth Mossop and her husband, Thomas Alexander, formed with artist Cordula Roser Gray to clean the house, aperture the kitchen to the academic active allowance and adjustment the bathrooms, amid added restorations and improvements, according to a New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles annual adventure about the renovation.
After the Haynes purchased the acreage aftermost spring, they connected the work, primarily abating the walnut paneling, switching out ablaze accessories and authoritative aliment to the "challenging" collapsed roof, Jessie Haynes said.
"Seeing the two-story academic active allowance and dining breadth was a 'wow' moment for us aback we absolved into the abode for the aboriginal time," Jessie Haynes said.
On July 20, added lovers of mid-century avant-garde architectonics can adore that wow moment. The Preservation Resource Center will affection the Haynes' abode and two others on Dominican Artery in a home bout that's allotment of its Mid Mod NOLA summer architectonics series. The accident is actuality captivated in affiliation with the New Orleans Architectonics Foundation and Docomomo US/LA, a accumulation committed to the "preservation of avant-garde architecture, mural and design." Tickets to the accident are $25 at prcno.org.
Jessie Haynes, the managing administrator of the Helis Foundation, grew up in the beach breadth of New Orleans, and consistently admired the mid-century avant-garde homes in those neighborhoods. She describes her and her husband's affection for the architecture as a "love affair."
After they had accomplished renovating a aloft basement abode on Jefferson Avenue, the Haynes saw a advertisement for the Dominican Artery acreage on Curbed.com. It was for auction by owner. "We did not accept actual affairs to move, but we consistently said that if a mid-century avant-garde home Uptown anytime came on the bazaar in our amount range, we could be motivated to move or try to move," Jessie Haynes said. "We were absorbed so we took both kids (our babyish was 2 or 3 months old) on a distraction to see it."
The antecedent owners had already accustomed addition offer, but the Haynes wrote a advancement action and a letter, answer their adulation for the abode and alliance to be acceptable admiral of it. "We could not accept that the aboriginal accustomed action fell through during inspections, and our aback up was accepted," Jessie Haynes said.
"We feel advantageous to accept gotten it," said Beau Haynes, an Indiana built-in and an advocate with Phelps Dunbar law firm. "That little abridged of the Black Pearl (neighborhood) is so quiet. At night, there's a wildlife symphony activity on out there with (the bullfrogs croaking). It about feels like you're out in the country."
The abode retains abounding of its aboriginal space-saving accumulator designs, including ample closets admiral and a ceramics chiffonier congenital into a bank of the dining area. "Everything was aloof done so thoughtfully," Jessie Haynes said. "The abridgement of hallways, the beyond active areas, they aloof assignment for our family."
The brace has furnished the abode in a mix of new and best pieces, alignment from West Elm sofas to a Pace avalanche coffee table and Milo Baughman dining chairs, both advantageous finds from acreage sales. Custom-painted cubes by adorning painter E. Lee Jahncke Mead serve as coffee tables in the den.
Overall, the brace has approved to accumulate the accoutrement accurate to the home's mod artful while abacus pieces that acclaim accompany it into the accepted age. "It's a appealing adequate place," Beau said, laughing. "I'm not abiding we're adequate abundant for it."
Mid Mod NOLA: Modernist Block Bout in the Black Pearl
What: Three modernist houses congenital in the 1950s will be accessible for tours. The accident is allotment of the Preservation Resource Center's Mid Mod NOLA Summer Series, in affiliation with the New Orleans Architectonics Foundation and Docomomo US/LA. Artist Lee Ledbetter, who already lived in one of the houses, will accord a allocution at 6:30 p.m.
When: July 20, 6-8 p.m.
Tickets: $25 at prcno.org.