To assist the couple, the commission provided a circa 1940s photo as the earliest documentation in their files. The plans were redrawn. They engaged contractors, got permits, and broke ground in early October 2009. As with any historic rehab, they encountered the usual setbacks: rotten wood, unstable foundations and a deteriorated sill, not to mention the weather. Six weeks later they were putting on the final finials, touching up the paint, and sitting in rockers soaking up the atmosphere of the French Quarter.
See more of this old-house rescue in Best Curb Appeal Before and Afters 2010