American novelist Louis Edwards’s Greek Revival mansion in New Orleans fuses old French, Creole and African styles, imbuing its grand interiors with a sense of the city’s past.
The maximalist 19th-century Louisiana townhouse lies in the city’s artistic Lower Garden District, known for its large mansions with their symmetrical façades and beautiful wrought-iron balcony arches and columns.
Its ornate rooms have high ceilings and ornate plasterwork that forms the backdrop for the Whiting Award-winning novelist’s eclectic collection of artworks, objet d’art and antique furniture and rugs that reflect New Orleans’s multicultural heritage.
Edwards, 59, has penned three novels, and his fourth, Ramadan Ramsey, is being released in August. His pastel-hued five-bedroom house on Camp Street is on sale for $1.15m with Dorian Bennett Sotheby’s International Realty.
Two crystal chandeliers hang above the double reception room, which has passementerie-decorated curtains, a central arch with corbels and crown mouldings, varnished wooden flooring and two open fireplaces. Meanwhile, the stone-flagged hallway has three full-height windows with views of the courtyard garden’s tropical foliage, giving it a garden room feel.