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A Collector’s Haven: An old New Orleans home showcases a lifetime of antiques

It was a Sunday morning in the spring when Jamie Alexander-Willis and her betrothed, Tom Willis, were viewing a real estate program on television and discovered the house of their dreams. “We were watching Channel 6. The house was featured on the program,” says Jamie of the rambling, Edwardian-style home she purchased on Esplanade Avenue near City Park in New Orleans. Built in 1899 by a German family, the stately residence was bequeathed by the ...

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Restoring a Victorian: A new orleans residence is brought 
back to life despite nature’s odds

Those of us who live in south Louisiana get a bit edgy at the start of hurricane season. We have all heard numerous tales about houses that have been damaged or ruined in the wake of hurricanes and summer storms. Many of us have experienced this firsthand. In the case of Dr. Emmanuel Rivas III and his wife Paulette, a triplet of weather-related disturbances threatened to discourage their staying in New Orleans to restore the charming, two-story Victorian ...

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Passionate About Antiques: A collector and a 
folk artist combine forces

Maria and Simon Hardeveld have created a magical world at their quaint shop filled with unusual treasures. Unlike the more traditional furniture galleries along Magazine Street, Antiques on Jackson pays homage to the intrinsic character of New Orleans, where anything goes. Located on a large corner lot at Jackson and Magazine streets, the charming store displays an atypical combination of elegant antiques juxtaposed with rustic folk art. Popular with ...

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