House of the Week: Mid-Century Modern on Dominican Street

While I am passionate about really old houses, especially over a century old, that doesn’t mean I don’t have great appreciation for more modern styles. Also, as much as I hate to admit it, mid-century modern homes are far from “new.” Regardless, it’s not my style, but it still can be stunning.

I’ve been browsing the listings for several days now and nothing had that wow factor until I stumbled upon this house on Dominican Street in what’s known as the Black Pearl neighborhood. Other than the huge oak tree out front, the facade of this mid-century modern home is uninspiring. You’ve got to get inside, or at least out on the side patio, to really appreciate it.

Geometric shapes swirl through the brickwork and concrete, and gradual curves in the benches and grass are a stunning contrast to the sharp angles of the building. The interior is filled with horizontal slot windows, especially beautiful in the main living and dining rooms, lots of wood paneling, brickwork and accordion doors. It’s also surpassingly cool that this home was designed by John Lawrence, the former dean of Tulane University’s School of Architecture!

This 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bathroom, 3,240 square foot home is going for the bargain basement price of $1,485,000. How cool would it be to live in this unique piece of New Orleans history? I would buy it, but I think Don Draper has the highest bid.

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