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Charles Briggs House

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1849, James Gallier Sr. 2605 Prytania St.
  • (Photograph by Lake Douglas)
  • (Photograph by Lake Douglas)
  • (Photograph by Karen Kingsley)

Houses in the Gothic Revival style are relatively rare in New Orleans, and this one adopts the mode as lightly as a dress on a classically symmetrical body. The brick exterior, painted a cream color and scored to resemble stone, is adorned with a ground-level cast-iron gallery with Tudor arches, pointed-arched windows on the second floor with shutters shaped to match and surmounted by hood moldings, paired octagonal chimneys, and doubled pointed-arched windows on the side elevations. The octagonal side bay was added a few years after the house was constructed. Inside, the traditional double parlors are separated by Gothic-inspired clustered columns and pendant brackets. The freestanding carriage house in the side yard, now converted for residential use, is also Gothic in style but constructed of wood. Charles Briggs emigrated from England, where houses in this style were quite popular. The Briggs House is also similar to Design II, “A Cottage in the English or Rural Gothic Style,” in Andrew Jackson Downing’s Cottage Residences(1842). In 1854, a few years after the house was built, architect Thomas Wharton described the garden in his journal: “Lofty bananas fling open their rich purple pendants and reveal the fruit clusters in heavy branches. This plant groups charmingly with the more compact shrubbery, and fine examples of its introduction occur on the grounds of Mr. Briggs, whose place ... is to my fancy the most tasteful in the entire suburb.”

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Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas
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Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas, "Charles Briggs House", [New Orleans, Louisiana], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/LA-02-OR141.

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

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