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1879, William Fitzner. 547 Esplanade Ave.
  • (Photograph by Lake Douglas)
  • (Photograph by Lake Douglas)

Designed by the German-born architect William Fitzner (1845–1914) for lawyer Charles A. Johnson, this two-story Italianate town house with an attic is an impressive example of the side-hall residences in these blocks of Esplanade next to the Vieux Carré. Edging its property line, the front-plastered brick house with a hexagonal bay on the right side is entered by way of six steps that rise to the recessed entrance vestibule, framed by pilasters, which has a coved ceiling decorated with rosettes. The windows are segmental arched and surrounded by heavy moldings. The second story opens onto a small cast-iron balcony, and a large bracketed cornice defines the roofline. A lower two-story service wing at the rear is visible on the Chartres Street side of this corner house, as is the row of ground-level ventilation openings covered with cast-iron grilles. Peter Middlemiss (1826–1887) was the builder for Fitzner’s design.

Writing Credits

Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas


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Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas, "Johnson 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, 84-85.

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