Historic Garden District mansion is up for sale

Published: Feb. 23, 2015 at 12:46 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 23, 2015 at 3:04 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A historic Garden District mansion is up for sale.

Completed in 1860, the 10,000 square-foot mansion can be yours for $6.5 million.

Popularly referred to as Col. Short's Villa, it's among the favorite stops along Garden District walking tours. It's well known for its intricate cast-iron morning glory and cornstalk fence.

The home is located at the corner of Fourth and Prytania Streets in the Garden District and is the quintessential New Orleans residence.

This Italianate mansion was built for Col. Robert H. Short, a prosperous commission merchant from Kentucky, with Henry Howard as the architect and Robert Huyghe as the builder. Henry Howard has been said to have designed that most beautiful homes in the Mississippi River Valley.

A later addition was the unusual cast-iron morning glory and cornstalk fence that was furnished by the Philadelphia Foundry of Wood, Miltenberger & Co.

Early in its history, this house saw an ever-revolving slate of occupants due to the tumults of the Civil War. Only two years after the home's completion, federal forces seized New Orleans, and Col. Short and his wife returned to Kentucky to live out the remainder of the war. In September of 1863, the federal forces occupying the city confiscated Col. Short's Villa, deeming it "property of an absent rebel."

The property was occupied by federal forces until March of 1864 when it served as the executive mansion of the newly elected Federal Governor of Louisiana, Michael Hahn. Shortly thereafter it became the residence of Major General Nathaniel P. Banks, the U.S. Commander of the Department of the Gulf.

On August 15, 1865 the property was returned to Col. Short by the U.S. Government. He lived in the mansion until his death.

The current owner bought the house in December of 1994. They then began and extensive 10 year restoration and remodeling of the home.

The home has six bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and eat-in kitchen, three parlors, a large stair hall, a large center hall upstairs and dozens of other features.

The home has been featured in books, magazines and newspapers. It has also been the venue for movies. Its guests have included presidents, governors, famous actors, directors, writers and dignitaries.

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