New Orleans Historic Renovation as a Work of Art?
Hal Collums Construction recently completed the renovation of a historic French Quarter property on Royal Street. The building, which at one time had been home to a sugar plantation owner and his family, had seen many occupants within its rooms over the years, but it had not been used as a residence for quite some time.
This building is called the Devéze-Henderson House, and was once the Louisiana French Consulate. In the 1950s-1960s, a law firm operated out of the 2nd floor of the building. And an inspection of the property prior to this renovation revealed much evidence that being used as a commercial property had taken its toll on what had once been an elegant residential interior.
The restoration of the building included new plaster on the walls and ceilings to repair cracks as well as new plaster moldings to match the originals. This specialty craft, and the craftsman, Byron Veal, received recognition in a July 2010 NOLA.com article entitled, New Orleans plasterer at the top of his game.
Additionally, the renovation included a new HVAC system and recessed lighting. The Master Bath was fully renovated and a new Powder Room was added.
Central City Millworks remilled some of the existing cypress flooring and provided additional cypress flooring to match the existing. In the rooms that had no wood flooring, reclaimed heart pine was installed. All flooring was then stained to a uniform color and finish.
The existing doors, which were cypress, were stripped and painted or stained, and Central City Millworks built new custom doors that were stained to match. All of the existing cypress millwork was refurbished and reused.
With the completion of the restoration of this history property, it is once again an elegant French Quarter residence.