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Henry G. Simon House

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1960–1961, Charles Colbert for Colbert-Lowrey-Hess-Boudreaux Architects. 922 Octavia St.
  • (Photograph by Karen Kingsley)

Built for a young pediatrician and his family, this house is composed of four pavilions identical in size and form, connected by glazed passageways that define two interior courtyards, one for meditation and the other for recreation. Each of the pavilions serves a specific use, as specified by the clients: living, dining and food preparation, children’s space, and parents’ space. Each pavilion has a pyramidal roof of wood and steel. Windows on the exterior brick walls are small and high to ensure privacy, and all large glassed areas face inward to the courtyards. New Orleanian Charles Colbert (1921–2007), dean of Columbia University School of Architecture from 1960 to 1963, said of his modern design, “I have attempted to recall the earlier forms of architecture in Louisiana, maintain a reasonably constant residential scale, and repeat some of the roof forms of the immediate environs.” The house was widely published in architecture journals.

Writing Credits

Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas


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Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas, "Henry G. Simon 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, 195-195.

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