House of the week: Palace on Third

From totally epic to just so-so, I’m pretty sure I could live in any of the dream houses I’ve posted so far. Then I saw this listing…

Amidst an entire neighborhood of historic properties lies the Robinson House. It was built by Irish-born architect Henry Howard in the mid-19th century for Walter Robinson, an American from Virgina who came to New Orleans and struck it rich growing and selling perique tobacco. This palatial residence on Third Street in the Garden District has two stories, nine bedrooms, ten bathrooms and over 12,000 square feet of living space. It is described as a “spectacular display of Italianette Neoclassical architecture” including double galleries and 16ft ceilings with frescoes by a local artist, Dominique Canova. The grounds include a pool, several fountains, garden walkways and a carriage house. You can own this slice of history for a mere $12,500,000…

As awesome as this property is, I really don’t think I could live there.  I mean look at it…not only is it humongous, it looks like a freaking museum…it should be a museum! I’d be afraid to touch, sit or (God forbid) lie on anything! Knowing my klutziness, I’d probably end up out in the carriage house, too paranoid to even walk through the main house at all…except perhaps to show my friends…who also can’t touch anything…

I can still dream about it though…