Home Tour Feature - 452 Audubon Street

This house is a fine example of Colonial Revival architecture, a very popular American architecture style dating from 1890’s to 1940’s. This architectural movement’s rise to prominence at the end of the 1800’s coincided with the nation’s first centennial celebrations, and a new interest in historic preservation.  This architectural style is a little hard to pin down because it is so diverse. The hallmarks of this style include the blending of earlier colonial (Georgian and Federal) styles with antebellum (Greek Revival and Italianate) styles found up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

Photos by Katrina Horning, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

On first glance, this home has a decidedly antebellum look, with its two story columns that support a triangular pediment. However, the half circle transoms over the windows and that lovely fanlight decorating the pediment let the observer know that we are dealing with something a little more modern. The first and second story windows are mismatched in a way that would not have happened in previous eras. With this house it is clear that the architect was free from the earlier constraints of symmetry and designed this home to reflect the ideals of past architecture but add a new twist. After all, it is Colonial Revival, not Colonial Copies.

This home was designed by Frank G. Churchill, native of Natchez, Mississippi. He received a scholarship to Tulane University granted by New Orleans Mayor Shakespeare, but left college early to explore painting in Cincinnati Ohio. Upon his return to New Orleans, he managed the offices of Favrot & Livaudais, a prolific architecture firm responsible for one of New Orleans’ most recognizable buildings – the Hibernia Bank Building. Later, Frank entered the firm of DeBuys, Churchill & Labouisse (1905-1912) whose most notable project is the Loyola University Complex. This home was designed by Churchill as an independent project in 1918, clearly the culmination of all he learned in those other firms.

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