Many people who walk by New Orleans homes would be surprised at the treasures inside. What looks neglected and dilapidated is, in fact, a deliberate and thought-out plan to keep the authenticity and integrity of these 200+ year-old buildings. The unsuspecting see old and ugly if they notice them at all. How surprised they would be if they could take a peek inside! Elegant courtyards wait just beyond the old wooden doors and gracious interiors with a quiet calm whose primary function is to keep the heat at bay.
This Creole Cottage belonged to Lenny Kravitz from 1994-2012. He, as many do, gutted and redesigned (his own design) the interior. But it's the structure itself that screams history. Despite the interior updates, the past is there. It is in the brick walls, the wooden floors, the shuttered windows, and the lush courtyards.
Wanna take a look inside? These photos are taken from MansionGlobal.com and by ReMax NO Properties in 2016.
Whether you like the design or not, it represents the stark contrasts between the uncared-for exterior and what lies behind the door.
If you have ever had a chance to walk through the Vieux Carre, I hope you wondered what makes so many want to live here and thought maybe, just maybe, there's more than meets the eye.
Here's a fun video of Lenny happening on a choir from Texas singing "Fly Away" across from Jackson Square. What a treat for these kids, not to mention the others lucky enough to enjoy!