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Curtis House

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1962–1963, Nathaniel C. Curtis Jr. for Curtis and Davis; 2013 restored, Lee Ledbetter. 6161 Marquette Pl.
  • (Southeastern Architectural Archive, Special Collections Division, Tulane University Libraries, Frank Lotz Miller, photographer)
  • (Photograph by Lake Douglas)
  • (Photograph by Lake Douglas)

A focus on privacy as the main point of the design is a condition emphasized in many houses in the 1960s. In physical terms it means blank street walls and interior courts with enclosed gardens. According to the architect, who designed this house for his family, by turning its back on the street it reinterpreted the tradition of the old houses in New Orleans’s Vieux Carré. Behind the white-painted nine-foot-high brick wall are three glass building units framed by slender steel columns, beams, and arches facing landscaped patios: one unit contains the living room; another the dining, kitchen, and family room; and the third, two stories in height, with its lower level depressed, seven bedrooms and four bathrooms (the Curtises had seven children). A low-ceilinged hallway (Curtis called it a gallery) runs through the house, reminiscent of a traditional central hall. Space and light flow easily from area to area, and from inside to outside in this elegant house. Architect Walter J. Rooney Jr. of the Curtis and Davis office was consulted on the landscaping. Architect Lee Ledbetter purchased and restored the house in 2013.

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Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas
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Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas, "Curtis House", [New Orleans, Louisiana], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/LA-02-OR171.

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buildings of new orleans book

Buildings of New Orleans, Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 198-199.

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