Officials with Birmingham, Ala.-based Cottage Living magazine say theirs will be the first national magazine to build a home in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.
The magazine is building and decorating a two-story, 2,370-square-foot modular home on a vacant lot on Camp Street. Although new, the home is designed to blend in with the historic homes in the neighborhood. The home will be open to the public for tours July 12 through Sept. 3.
Tour hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays Tickets are $10 at the door, payable by cash or check.
Proceeds from the tours will benefit the citywide work of the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, a nonprofit that promotes the preservation, restoration and revitalization of New Orleans' historic neighborhoods and architecture. The house will be later sold, with the proceeds donated to PRC's Operation Comeback fund for restoring vacant historic properties and the organization's rebuilding efforts in the Holy Cross neighborhood.
"A key mission at Cottage Living is to connect cottages, compassion and communities. It's a natural fit for us to build an Idea Home in New Orleans, where distinctive cottages personify the city's singular style," said Editor-in-Chief Eleanor Griffin. "I'm especially proud that our cottage is custom-designed for the historic neighborhood it's going in. New construction, done right, can be historically accurate and still be built for busy 21st-century lifestyles. "
Many members of the Cottage Living Idea Home project team are New Orleans-based. The home will also showcase the work of local craftsmen and artisans. The developer is PRC Modular Homes LLC of New Orleans. The modular builder is Haven Homes Southeast Inc. of Ridgeland, S.C. The designer of the home is Eric Moser of Moser Design Group of Beaufort, S.C. The interior designers are the New Orleans-based mother-daughter team of Ann Dupuy and Jane Leyens of Holden & Dupuy Interior Design. The landscape architect is Daly-Sublette Landscape Architects of Metairie and the exterior color consultant is Louis Aubert of New Orleans.
The Cottage Living Idea Home will be featured in the magazine's October 2007 issue.
In a separate initiative on the Gulf Coast, the magazine is building another cottage in Pass Christian, Miss. Cottage Living is working with Lowe's, which has donated building materials to construct a 1,172-square-foot cottage designed by architect Marianne Cusato. Mercy House, the magazine's nonprofit partner in this effort, has identified a family to receive the home. Cottage Living is working with the family to create an interior and garden, while Mercy House will offer financial counseling for the family for years following.
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