A royal renovation underway in the Irish Bayou

Published: Jun. 9, 2015 at 12:17 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2015 at 12:39 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A royal renovation is underway in the Irish Bayou.

The iconic little white castle, otherwise known as the Fisherman's Castle, rests along Highway 11. It sits in a magical land just before the Slidell Twin Span.

The unique facade sparks imagination and curiosity, drawing sightseers from far and wide. Lori Potter has a first-hand view from where she lives across the street.

"Yesterday there was probably about 30 people out here just stopping, taking pictures, looking and asking 'what's gonna happen?' We can't even get the yards mowed, hardly," she laughs.

Built in 1981, the battered fortress withstood some of Mother Nature's worst. It still bears the scars.

"It had a lot of damage from Katrina, they were never able to fix it totally back up from Katrina, but it's coming along. It looks really good," Potter said.

But signs of new life are everywhere – from the scaffolds to the new steeple. A new owner rescued the dwelling from distress with seemingly every intention of maintaining the property's medieval persona. Potter said that it may become a bed and breakfast and she couldn't be more pleased.

"Now you can see it's looking so much better," she said. "I'm happy, I'm really happy. Everyone around here is really happy about it."

It's safe to say that when it is complete, those who have wanted to see Fisherman's Castle restored will live happily ever after.

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