Walker-Wynn House

1912 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, Louisiana

2009
Renovation of a historic St. Charles Avenue mansion, the Walker-Wynn House, to a design showroom and single-family residence.
Jon Vaccari Design, client
8,328 sf
Collaborators:

Tracie Ashe
Wayne Troyer

The Times-Picayune/Inside Out, 2010

 

The Times-Picayune:

“On St. Charles Avenue, 1850s Building Elegantly Holds Owner’s Business and Home”

 

New Orleans New Elegance by Kerri McCaffetr

 

Photography:

Neil Alexander

Project Type: Commercial, Mixed Use, Residences

Located on historic St. Charles Avenue in the Lower Garden District, the project is a renovation of an Greek Revival existing mansion–the Walker-Wynn House–which had been partially renovated by the previous owner. Built as a single-family home by Felix Walker in 1861, the building’s last occupant was Kung’s Dynasty restaurant. (On the private outdoor terrace, the current owner has installed the the iconic Foo Dogs that once guarded the building’s front door.)

On the first floor, the building houses a design showroom for high-end antiques dealer Jon Vaccari. The upper two floors contain a single family residence. From the generous porch along St. Charles Avenue and the grand entry foyer, an existing, historic stair connects the three residential levels of the house, which contain multiple living, bedroom and bathing spaces and a roof deck for outdoor living.

The commercial space is accessed through a side entry from the parking lot and highlighted with a modern vestibule treatment that sets off and highlights the historic details of the building. Existing windows were repaired, front steps replaced and landscaping along the front and sides of the building was added.

The project received Historic Tax Credits from the National Park Service.