544 Esplanade Ave.

New Orleans, LA

Renovation of a grand historic mansion on the edge of New Orleans’ French Quarter from sound studios back to a single residence
12,457 sf

Wayne Troyer FAIA

Sarah Forrest

Tracie Ashe AIA

LM Pagano - Interiors

Louisiana Homes & Gardens 2009


New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles:

“Necessities with Niceties: The Right Time and Place”








Chad Chenier

Neil Alexander

Project Type: Interiors, Residences

This imposing, high-style two-story brick residence actually began life as two 1860s two-story brick houses, each with attics, gables and adjacent entries. Its current grand appearance resulted from a 1930s remodeling, when Leon Arnaud Cazenave (Arnaud Restaurant’s “Count”) acquired both buildings.

In the early 1990s the property was transformed into Kingsway Studios, the New Orleans institution established and run by Grammy winning producer Daniel Lanois. Kingsway evolved into one of the music industry’s most venerable commercial facilities, with a list of credits that includes, Emmylou Harris, The Neville Brothers, Pearl Jam, Peter Gabriel, R.E.M., Iggy Pop, Robbie Robertson and Sheryl Crow.

In 2002 the property again changed hands and was converted back to its current residential configuration by actor Nicolas Cage. Working closely with Interior Designer LM Pagano over the course of several renovations, studioWTA brought architectural preservation and renovation expertise to bear, while LM crafted the experiential vision for the subsequent owners with her eye for the beautiful and unusual.