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Hannon House

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c. 1902. 2809 Esplanade Ave.
  • (Photograph by Lake Douglas)

Irish real-estate speculator W. James Hannon built this exuberant Queen Anne raised wooden house, which appears to incorporate every variety of wood trim available at the time: turned columns, spindlework, brackets, bargeboard, and quoins. A double flight of stairs (added in 1946 when the house was raised) rises to a richly decorated central gabled portico and a deep, shady gallery. One side of the gallery ends in an angled corner; the other side, sweeping in a wide curve around that end of the house, is topped by a squat octagonal spire with a multicolored roof. The owners boasted that the 12 × 86-foot central hall was the largest and longest in town. The gazebo in the side garden is a modern but sympathetic addition.

Writing Credits

Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas


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Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas, "Hannon 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, 88-89.

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