Who: Eric S.
Where: New Orleans, LA
In June of 2002, my wife and I purchased half of an 1800s-era Victorian Camelback in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans. With an eye towards historical accuracy, we knew the front porch and facade were not in character with the property's heritage or the neighborhood. Then came Hurricane Katrina. Four years later we reignited the planning process. We interviewed contractors, sourced historically accurate materials and met numerous times with the Vieux Carre Commission (the city's regulatory agency for French Quarter). We were informed that we had to match the detail that had previously been on the house.