This condominium at 1803 Coliseum Street is your chance to live in a part of one of these big, beautiful 1850 homes.
“Living in this house has felt like sharing in New Orleans’ legacy of houses, trees and quixotic culture,” said Lillian Thompson, the owner. “The Lower Garden District is a neighborhood transitioning with the new New Orleans, anchored by Coliseum Square Park, a dynamic neighborhood association and the excitement of Second Line Stages mixed with Mardi Gras floats emerging from the old brick warehouses along Tchoupitoulas”
The center hall building has an impressive staircase and a porch held up by Corinthian columns. A cornice with scroll brackets gives the house plenty of period detail. The porch leads into an imposing front entrance with soaring doors embedded with frosted glass. The whole house has wide pine floors, oversized openings, heavy duty molding and high ceilings.
To reach Number Three, you ascend a curving flight of stairs holding onto a wrought iron railing which spills you out onto a charming entrance hall. Old fashioned French doors open into a magnificent view of a spacious kitchen and breakfast area.
The kitchen has two crisp white posts separating it from the foyer, is decked out in black and white tile and has all the necessary appliances (which stay with the condo) including a stainless steel sink, refrigerator, stove and a European washer/dryer tucked under the counter. Exposed beams criss cross the soaring ceiling, creating a feeling of spaciousness in an already large space. Interesting features are the Art Deco lights on the wall and the copper gutters running around the ceiling hiding recessed lighting.
“These provide such a soft and romantic hue at night,” said Pisani. “It’s beautiful for cooking and eating in the breakfast area.”
A large living room and dining room are to your right, as is a complete bath, and it’s easy to imagine those glittering parties with their tinkling champagne flutes taking place here back in the day.
To the left of the entrance hall and kitchen are two bedrooms, each with its own complete bath.
“These could be two master suites,” pointed out Pisani, “or one could be a master and the other either another bedroom or a guest room.”
The condo has the large rooms of a Garden District home and is a full 1,711 square feet of space. Its master suite has a walk-in closet the size of a room and there is also storage throughout the rest of the unit.
Number Three has plenty of large windows which look out onto the leafy trees of the Garden District. It gives you a feeling of eating and waking in a forest, rather than in a convenient urban area, yet Coliseum Street is just two blocks from the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar.
Each of the four units in the building has a garage and a storage space and there is a lushly landscaped French Quarter-style courtyard for the use of all the residents.
“This house is known around town as the Mayor Morrison House,” said Thompson, (Chep Morrison, a former mayor of New Orleans, lived here with his family). “Everybody knows the story of Mayor Chep’s progressive and troubled career and personal life, and lots of folks remember playing at the house with his children back in the sixties. The house, like the city, is a romance.”
The Morrison Mansion was converted to condominiums in 2004 and is conveniently located near Coliseum Square, offering residents plenty of green space for jogging, biking and walking dogs.
“This is such a great place to live,” said Pisani. “You have unimpeded views since you’re the corner unit and the only one on the top floor. Plus, this is a huge amount of square feet for the price.”
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