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Inside a Revived Architectural Gem in New Orleans

How one family found a new beginning in the Crescent City

August/September 2017

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Swivel chairs face a custom-glazed Karl Springer coffee table beneath a painting by the Louisiana artist Ida Kohlmeyer in the Massengale family’s living room.

photo: Alison Gootee

The Massengale home, one of a row of “sister” houses built by the architect Henry Howard in the 1860s.

photo: Alison Gootee

Artwork by Hasmig Vartanian in the foyer.

photo: Alison Gootee

Sister Parish wallpaper blends into coordinating sofa fabric in the family room.

photo: Alison Gootee

The wallpaper in the dining room is a nod to New Orleans street performers.

photo: Alison Gootee

The brown lacquered library.

photo: Alison Gootee

A custom-forged iron daybed in one of the girls’ rooms (painting by Randy Asprodites).

photo: Alison Gootee

Ceiling-height cabinetry draws the eye upward in the kitchen.

photo: Alison Gootee

A fresh take on monogrammed bedding in the master bedroom.

photo: Alison Gootee

photo: Alison Gootee

Caroline, Camille, Vance, and Shelley Massengale.

photo: Alison Gootee