Dauphine Street, New Orleans, Louisiana

This house in New Orleans is a born leader. It and its colorful neighbor lead your eye down the street to the 1866 church down the street.

It has that side-hall or shotgun style where each room leads onto another:

It was these grandly proportioned, classic rooms that led me to picture it dressed like this:

The TV in the corner of this second room clinched the decorating deal for me, because my inspiration house has a similar set up.

That painting on the easel in the corner disguises the TV:

In shotgun style, the tv room leads into the bedroom...

...which leads into the next bedroom...

...which leads into the kitchen...

...which leads to the back courtyard:

The house does need a little work, but it's refreshing to see how much of it hasn't changed since it was built in 1870. It has the original pocket doors and picture frame molding and is 1,060 square feet.

Dauphine Street is in the Bywater district, and due to the higher elevation there, was largely spared from the worst of the flooding by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The Bywater district is an artist's neighborhood that evokes descriptions like bohemian, unique, funky, sauntering, and a gem. I'd say those are also pretty apt adjectives for this leading lady of a house.

The Old House Dreams listing is here.

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