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Gilmour-Christovich House

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1853, Isaac Thayer; 1899 addition; 1985 restored, Samuel Wilson Jr. 2520 Prytania St.
  • (Photograph by Karen Kingsley)

For this house, built for cotton merchant Thomas C. Gilmour and his wife, Anna, New Orleans architect Thayer created a two-story Italianate-influenced design, asymmetrical in plan, with a three-bay recessed section fronted by a one-story cast-iron gallery and a two-bay projecting unit. The second story of the projecting section has a triple-arched window, and the house is finished with a modillioned cornice. After John M. and Roberta Parker, a cotton broker and his wife, purchased the house in 1882 they added a dining room extension and rear hallway and changed the staircase. In 1985 lawyer William K. Christovich and his wife, author and preservationist Mary Louise Mossy Christovich (1928–2017), acquired the house and hired Samuel Wilson to restore it. The building, set well back on its site, allows for an unusually large front garden. The former carriage house faces Third Street and is now a residence.

Writing Credits

Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas


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Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas, "Gilmour-Christovich House", [New Orleans, Louisiana], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

buildings of new orleans book

Buildings of New Orleans, Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 171-172.

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