In April 2012, Mayer Building Company commenced a major overhaul of the 4-story 1840s masonry townhouse (read mansion). Ten months later, one of the finest residences in the French Quarter emerged. This home, which had once been converted into four condos or apartments, is now re-established as a single family home in grandeur and panache. Above the gas lanterns, two galleries, dressed in iron lace, catch river breezes and views well into the Marigny/ Bywater. The entrance hall, with inlaid stone and decorative crown, is richly endowed with a striking red Venetian Plaster, and leads to the sweeping stairway. That stairway, once carpeted in an indoor/outdoor green mess, now boasts a custom built iron, steel, and brass rail atop the reclaimed 1840s treads. The rail contains one-of-a-kind brass statues and ornaments that survived a douse in 2012’s Hurricane Issac. In the salon is a great Mahogany and white marble bar (and ice maker), through the arch and Parisian columns, to the parlor where a vast chandelier drips crystals over a gloss finished Brazilian Cherry floor.
The kitchen, in an almost baroque homage to your New Orleans Saints, is decorated in black and gold: black granite, gold mosaics, black inlaid stone carvings, gold paint, black chandelier, gold hinges and hasps. The kitchen contains state-of-the-art appliances, fluer-de-lis touches here and there, an overlarge pantry with re-purposed Cypress and etched glass doors, and an Italianate powder room. The kitchen with custom arched doors leads to the historic courtyard.
Up the ancient stairs to the first landing, where a true plaster medallion encircles a newly polished brass antique light fixture, two restored French Quarter casement windows with fan lites oppose each other. Where once was a crummy apartment bathroom stuffed into this landing, and actually bisecting one of the fantastic fan lites, now is a marble and glass landing in fitting with the mansion’s elan. The Master Suite with sitting room, bathroom, bedroom and gallery are on this floor. The Master Bedroom with its simple layout contains three facade openings to the gallery, a deep Louis XIV crown molding, a high New Orleans base, an updated mantel and original re-finished Pensacola heart pine floors. The Master Bath, a collage of cappuccino marble, exudes comfort and style with custom joinery encased French stained-glass, a stone surrounded tub, a brass trimmed bidet, crystal hardware, a walk-in shower with a flotilla of heads and jets and glass wall sconces emitted from a plate glass mirror over the double vanity.
Adjoining the second floor is a bridge to the carriage house, where in the parlance of the project, there lies the Boudoir. A guest room has never been sexier. The specialty milled and dyed carpet pops underneath exposed wooden roof rafters, exposed painted brick walls lead to the onyx encrusted bathroom and shower. The French doors open to the freshly painted interior balcony. A playful statuetted chandelier dances overhead.
On the third floor, the arrangements reflect the Master Suite, but the finishes shine differently. The 3rd floor bath is a study in Carrera and Palisandro Bluette stone, patterned and laid in diligent designs. The wainscott tile there is trimmed in opaque blue glass. The Victorian high flush toilet and white glazed vanity are trimmed in polished chrome. The 3rd Floor also has a utility and laundry room. The bedroom is decorated with a floral crown and a vast white medallion, crystal chandelier and poster bed. The stained mantel is set off by brass rosettes and a wall mounted flat screen. The three facade doors in the bedroom give it abundant natural light which reflects off the high gloss reclaimed floors.
In the attic, dormers and windows look out over New Orleans in all Cardinal directions. For child safety, keyed brass locks adorned the salvaged windows. The attic, with two exposed roof rafter, sports authentic heavy duty Hunter fans on long poles spinning above a new resilient floor, the green marble counter-tops and large stone back splash of a fully fit-out kitchenette with stainless steel fixtures and appliances. The attic bath contains a full sized bath tub and tile wrap, a double vanity and accessible storage nooks.
510 Esplanade was likely built in the 1840s, perhaps even a decade earlier. At one point, the building was home to American novelist and artist John Dos Passos in February and March 1924 while writing one of his most famous works, Manhattan Transfer. Dos Passos was a Modern and a friend and contemporary of Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein.
The renovation of 510 Esplanade was a demanding project and a challenge, but mostly it was a privilege. Photographs by Anne Finney.
Recently our commercial construction project came to a successful completion, and we are open for business. I appreciate the efforts of Mayer Building Company in getting my premium coffee shop open early.
I brag about you and your people all of the time.. I get constant compliments on the building! Recently our commercial construction project came to a successful completion, and we are open for business. I appreciate the efforts of Mayer Building Company in building out our new offices on time and within budget.
Thanks again for a job well done! We have completed over 30 Cyclebars across the country in the past year. The New Orleans (Magazine Street) site was not only one of the best but working with Mayer exceeded all expectations. I look forward to future work with the Mayer Team.
Y’all did such a nice job. Thank you so much for your careful work. You’ve helped transform our space!
I just want to thank you and your staff for going above and beyond during this build out process. With us being in a different city, y’all have been awesome to work with. Y’all have accommodated every change within our construction window and have helped us greatly on things that couldn’t have gotten done without you and your staff’s help. Thanks so much. It is greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much for doing such a great job. The rooms look great and the inconvenience to us was minimal at worst. Your personnel was friendly and easy to work with. Fred was really great. We are very pleased with the result. Thank you and I hope to work with you again on another project.
I was concerned about doing a renovation at a place that was many states away from where I lived. I needed someone that I could count on and could handle every aspect of the renovation. I also required someone who was familiar with the permit requirements for an historical building in New Orleans….I would highly recommend Ryan Mayer to any potential client. I was extrememly pleased with the work he performed and would use him again for any additional contracting needs that I may have.