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Holy Rosary Rectory (Evariste Blanc House)

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c. 1834. 1342 Moss St.
  • (Photograph by Lake Douglas)

As the water link between New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain, Bayou St. John had some of the city’s earliest habitations along its banks. Although this structure was built later than some, such as the Pitot House (OR73), it has much in common with earlier examples. However, its emphasis on height, its Greek Revival elements, and its central-hall plan clearly reveal the impact of American ideas on Creole forms. Fronted by a two-story gallery supported on heavy Tuscan columns at ground level and turned wood columns above the stuccoed brick house has a hipped roof and widow’s walk. The central front door is set between Ionic columns and sidelights and is topped by a fanlight; the same design is repeated on the floor above. The house was donated to the Catholic Church in 1905 by Evariste Blanc’s descendants, the Denegre family.

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Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas



  • 1833


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Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas, "Holy Rosary Rectory (Evariste Blanc House)", [New Orleans, Louisiana], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Buildings of New Orleans, Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 91-91.

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