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Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
The Skinny: Now an upscale bed and breakfast and event venue, the Benachi House of New Orleans was originally the home of Nicolas Marino Benachi, a wealthy cotton merchant and the Greek government's Consul in New Orleans, who helped build the first Greek Orthodox Church in the Western Hemisphere. Built from 1858 to 1859, the house has a classically-lined double-gallery front facade with pocket doors on each floor, and an idiosyncratic rear projecting wing. The current owner and his then-wife spent seven years rehabbing the home after acquiring it in the '80s. Aside from restorative efforts, the project saw the addition of two new bathrooms, a new kitchen, central AC and heating systems, and new wiring and plumbing. The couple also transformed the unfinished third floor into a second rental apartment. The chandeliers in the public rooms are original, as well as the black marble and granite mantles.
Subsequent additions to the exterior were removed during the renovation, while some original outbuildings and stables had been lost by that point. On the grounds outside, delineated by a cast-iron fence, there's a fountain, a few gazebos, and a two-story carriage house, which was damaged by a falling tree in Hurricane Katrina. (Neither it nor the main house sustained any flooding.) None of the furniture comes with the $3,995,000 asking price, though all of it is available for purchase.
· The Benachi House [Curbed National]