A New Orleans Garden District Home’s Five Year Renovation

Dining Room New Orleans Garden District Home 5 year renovation
The dining room’s elaborate crystal chandelier was recovered from a historic St. Charles Avenue mansion and purchased by the Carpenters at an estate auction.

By Margaret Zainey Roux | Photography by Sara Essex Bradley

Call it fate or just good timing. While taking a detour through the Garden District of New Orleans, Poe Carpenter happened upon a banker hanging a foreclosure sign on the rusty iron gate of what could be described as a modern-day haunted mansion. “I stopped my car right then and there and asked if I could go inside,” recalls Poe, a New York native. “I called my husband, Guy, and he quickly ran over to meet me. Despite the home’s deplorable condition, we saw potential and were determined to answer its cry for help.”

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