Friday, July 30, 2010

1216 and 1221 Kerlerec Are Showcased at the Renovators' Happy Hour Tour

The Preservation Resource Center (PRC) ( of New Orleans selected 2 of re:FORM's projects as the July showcase properties for their Renovators' Happy Hour tour and discussion. The visitors toured both properties and then gathered here at 1216 Kerlerec Street for a discussion about the renovations and upcoming local preservation events. Speakers included homeowner Erin Christman (architect), Patty Gay and Suzanne Blaum from the PRC, Nadja Bynum from the Faubourg Treme Neighborhood Association, and Ina Fandrich who is helping to launch a Treme cultural tour co-organized by the New Orleans African American Museum and the PRC.

The PRC usually selects one project per month during the summer to highlight for their Renovators' Happy Hour. Contractors, architects, homeowners and neighbors are given the opportunity to ask questions and share renovation ideas, while enjoying some wine and cheese. They selected both of these properties for July because of their close proximity to each other and for the air conditioning!

Guest Bath at 1216 Kerlerec

Photo of 1216 Kerlerec Street after Hurricane Katrina. The house was originally a 1-1/2 story 1830's Creole Cottage. In the 1890's, the home was "Victorianized" and a second floor was added. Katrina blew the second floor down and the roof was sitting on the neighbor's house.

The renovation returned the house back to the original 1-1/2 story Creole Cottage style, but with all of the modern amenities like 7 huge closets, a generous private Master Suite, a spacious Kitchen, a large Laundry Room and a walk-in Pantry packed into 2,500 square feet. This project received the Merit Award for Renovation from the New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission.

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