The Morris-Israel house at 1331 First Street was designed in 1860 by Samuel Jamison. It is one of the best examples of Italianate architecture in the city making it a very popular stop on all the Garden District tours.
Many houses have both Greek Revival and Italianate styles, but this house has all the features of early Italianate style which was popular in New Orleans in the late 1850s. The doors and window frames are arched as they are modeled after Italian villas. Notice that the cast iron columns are slender with arched spandrels and it’s impossible to miss all the detailed cast iron work that is more delicate in design, more commonly described as “iron lace” this is another tell that this house has shifted to Italianate style.
It was once owned by Anne Rice.
Copyright 2018 Susan Rissi Tregoning
September 7th, 2018
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