The mansion at 2343 Prytania was designed by James Freret in the French Second Empire style. The home features nearly every stylistic element pioneered by Napoleon III’s architects. There are French styled dormers, a mansard roof and loads of Italianate detaining, rounded doors, and Corinthian columns support a second-story balcony and the manicured garden make it feel like Paris. Built in 1872 for a sugar baron by the name of Bradish Johnson it cost $100,000 to build at the time. That would be more than $1.6 million today.
In 1929, it became the private Louise S. McGehee School for Girls.
Copyright 2018 Susan Rissi Tregoning
September 16th, 2018
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