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Northline Residence in Old Metairie, LA by Trapolin-Peer Architects (PHOTOS)

Northline Residence in Old Metairie, LA by Trapolin-Peer Architects (PHOTOS)

Northline Residence in Old Metairie, LA by Trapolin-Peer Architects (PHOTOS)
February 03
20:55 2019

Northline Residence in Old Metairie, LA by Trapolin-Peer Architects

Old Metairie, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Designed by New Orleans architectural firm Trapolin-Peer Architects and built by Vintage Construction Company, this 19,000 square foot traditionally styled home took four years to complete in New Orleans’ historic Old Metairie neighbourhood. The homeowners, Sue Ellen and Joseph Canizaro, purchased an additional neighbouring property to expand the estate and add several accessory buildings and a swimming pool. Sue Ellen told My New Orleans in 2015, “We are pleased that so many of the antiques and accessories in our home came from the great antique shops in New Orleans,” she also gave praise to the many local artisans who worked on construction and finishing the home. You may also recognize it from the Fox television series, Scream Queens, where it played the fictional Kappa Kappa Tau House. Exterior shots were filmed on location with Greek lettering added to the facade, while interior scenes were shot on sound stages. The exterior is clad in limestone veneer with solid limestone columns at porches and breezeways. Trapolin-Peer Architects: “The main house was designed with public spaces situated on the first floor and was arranged along either an axis from the front to the back of the house or on an axis that runs the length of the house. At the center of the house is a multi-storey Rotunda, connecting the public first floor to the private second level. The exterior is clad in a limestone veneer with solid limestone columns at porches and breezeways. In contrast to the historical references in the architectural detailing, the building’s mechanical, audio/visual, and lighting systems are some of the most modern systems available. As a challenge by the owner, great care was taken to hide all of these modern luxuries and comforts, especially when it came time to locate the mechanical system and its elements so as not to distract from the traditional design.” 

The property was substantially damaged when Hurricane Katrina hit the city in August 2005. Trapolin-Peer Architects discuss this on their project page. “The main house was completed in December 2004 and the accessory buildings July 2005. When Hurricane Katrina hit the city in August 2005, the house was flooded with two feet of water despite being raised above grade three feet. Because the water sat for weeks, everything below the waterline was ruined and needed to be replaced. Over the next two years, great care was taken to repair the damaged areas and match the existing materials that were to remain. This renovation also gave the owner and architect the opportunity to improve upon the initial design – by replacing the manufactured kitchen cabinetry with custom milled cabinets and adding ceiling treatments to the dining room, library, and family room.”

 

 

 

 

 

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