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The House

Historic Collinwood House Bed & Breakfast, New Orleans Louisiana

The first thing you will notice on approaching the fully restored 1850’s, 2-story frame Italianate house is the exceptionally fine wrought iron corn stalk fence at the front of the property (one of three known in New Orleans). The front of the house is a 3-bay, columned, double gallery with diamond motifs, decorative wrought iron railings, a recessed doorway, and cornice with paired brackets.

The interior has all the features of an American townhouse in the Italianate design including side hall staircase and beautiful heart pine floors throughout. Boasting of 14 foot ceilings on the ground floor and 12 foot ceilings on the second floor, the 4,400 square feet comprises six guest rooms decorated in period style appointments and complete original decorative mantles.

All bedrooms save one open to a balcony or to the large L-shaped courtyard with brick patio, two covered seating areas, and an in-ground fountain.

This lovely home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and decorated throughout with many beautiful and unique items from the owners’ extensive art collection.

Upon entering the house, to your left sits the elegantly appointed double parlor with elaborate plaster moldings that have been maintained intact and is suitable for receptions. Highlights include two portraits, one 18th century French and the other Italian Renaissance.

   

This grand room typifies the formal reception area one would have seen in a fine antebellum townhouse. The mantles are adorned with guilt bronze candelabras, an ornate Louis XV mantle clock and matching Sevres ormolu cobalt blue urns. The double parlor comprises two distinct areas: the first contains seating focused around one of two fireplaces; the second contains a formal dinning area, which has a coromandel screen that provides a backdrop to the ebony grand piano. The room also displays a beautiful 18th century fruitwood French armoire, museum quality European Impressionist paintings and the best rugs in the house. Elegant adjustable lighting is provided by two crystal chandeliers and two Baccarat crystal lamps.

The Morning Room at the end of the entry hall is a tranquil space where quests may sit and enjoy the Continental breakfast and catch the morning news.

 

It contains a number of very interesting period pieces from as early as the 16th century (a monastery center hall table) through the 18th and 19th centuries. You can relax and enjoy your coffee on an American Empire Settee or a Chippendale lady’s chair and we have wall coverings depicting 19th century hunting scenes and Burmese Tangkas as well as a collection of lithographs of French chateaus. Browse our extensive collection of books in the handsome American neo-classical bookshelves or plan your day by conversations with us or by perusing the numerous pamphlets we have available on the monastery table.

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