Sara & Paul Costello experience Maison Chenal
Just this weekend, writer & interior decorator Sara Ruffin Costello and her husband and photographer Paul Costello visited my Maison Chenal listing. It was an exquisite outing as so much was in full bloom.
The parterre gardens and ancient oaks add much to the 18th century French Creole setting. See my listing here!
Paul generously agreed to share his photos! You might also enjoy Sara's and Paul's instagram posts as their friends excitedly chimed in desirous of purchasing the estate, with lots of entertaining ideas to celebrate together.
I've received a few property queries since. The tranquil setting inspires!
See my Maison Chenal listing
to learn more about this incredible property
18TH CENTURY LOUISIANA
FRENCH CREOLE PROPERTY & HISTORIC COLLECTION
The tout ensemble:
MAISON CHENAL (c. 1790), LACOUR HOUSE (c. 1750)
along with their historic dependencies
THE HOLDEN COLLECTION:
the world’s premier collection of Louisiana French Creole and Acadian architecture, art, decorative arts, and furniture comprising 1,400 items that were made in or used in Louisiana from the early 1700’s - the 1830’s
Historically researched gardens, mature landscape with ancient Live Oaks and access to False River
A Painter Resurrects
Louisiana’s Vanished Creole Culture
Andrew LaMar Hopkins celebrates the rich contributions of
19th-Century New Orleans in his folk art style (and drag).
I am delighted to share this NYT article featuring my dear friend
Andrew Lamar Hopkins, aka Désirée Joséphine Duplantier.
I've known Andrew for 30 years now and have watched him "pay his dues" in the art scene. I'm so happy that my friend Elle Shushan recognized Andrew's remarkable and complex talent and will feature him in her extraordinary Winter Show booth at the Park Armory on January 24th. Thus, she is bringing Andrew to the world's stage!
Recently, I overheard Andrew tell a mutual friend that "I'm going to blow up!!" So I booked my travel not wanting to miss a moment of Andrew's career blowing up! Follow along with me. I'll have a front row seat covering this on my Instagram. See more of Andrew's work on his website.
And when Andrew makes his art debut in NYC, he is being showcased by a premier antiques dealer with a booth at the front entrance of the show. Congratulations Andrew! I will be cheering you on!
I treasure this photo from France, fall 2018
I'm at left next to Marie Victorie (sister of Baron de Pontalba), the Baron,
Susan Maclay of the Louisiana Museum Foundation, and Andrew Lamar Hopkins
We travelled to extend formal invitations for the Founders Ball and we gained the Pontalba's permission for an exhibition featuring their family's treasures for the Louisiana State Museum at the Cabildo. (Read more about the Baroness de Pontalba and the Rise of Jackson Square Exhibition and the family here.)
Here's another fabulous New Orleans
jewel box exhibit!
Historic New Orleans Collection
New Orleans Drawings of
Gaston de Pontalba, 1848–1851
I still get goosebumps thinking about when five years ago (while on my 2nd trip to their château), Charles Edouard, Baron de Pontalba, excitedly showed these drawings to me while I was visiting.
He had discovered Gaston's works just a fortnight before.
They are to be treasured!
Reconnecting the Pontalba family to Louisiana has been a highlight of my life!
The Pontalba family are guardians of our shared French Creole culture.
THE BARONESS DE PONTALBA AND THE RISE OF JACKSON SQUARE EXHIBITION
JOIN ME: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13
I encourage you to revisit it,
or see it for the first time...
Meeting the Pontalba family and reconnecting
them to Louisiana has been a highlight of
my life. Fate! Read more here.
Sunday marks the last day at the Cabildo,
and what an extraordinary year it's been!
I feel so fortunate to have reconnected New Orleans with the descendants of one of the most prominent founding families.
Please join Andrew Hopkins and me for a final walkthrough,
this Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2PM
at the Cabildo
If you're a Friends of the Cabildo or the Louisiana Museum Foundation member, admission is complimentary.
(If not, please consider joining to support these organizations.)
Otherwise expect a nominal entrance fee.
With this final walkthrough, Andrew and I will be sharing stories and reminiscing the highlights of the last few years that have involved the remarkable Pontalba family, who today live in their family chateau in France, where their ancestors have been living since 1805.
Afterwards, come by at 4PM:
cocktails in my courtyard
Join me in a toast to
Charles Edouard and Isabelle,
Baron and Baroness de Pontalba
and their son Pierre....
without them none of this
would have ever happened!
(The Pontalba's are in France & not attending)
In order to prepare properly, please let me know if are coming by Friday, October 11. RSVP here!
A Few Memories!
Reconnecting the Pontalba Family to Louisiana has been a highlight of my life.
Help Preserve our Early Louisiana History
Word is spreading amongst historians, major learning institutions, and cultural supporters to develop the next chapter for Maison Chenal.
Here's why it's worth saving.
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Along Bayou Chenal, in a corner of a parish near Baton Rouge, Jack and Pat Holden tend to an unrivaled tribute to the Acadian and Creole ways of life.
by CJ LOTZ, August/September 2019
Jack and Pat Holden's incredible story is beautifully told in this month's issue of Garden and Gun Magazine. Since the article was written, the Holden's decided to sell the estate with the hope of keeping intact their historic collection, period buildings and land for future generations. We call it the Tout Ensemble. Read more here.
We are also grateful to Ande' Moreau and Louisiana Public Broadcasting, and to Ruth Laney and our friends at Country Roads Magazine for their thought provoking news stories. Please allow 4 seconds for video to load to correct story.
In Pointe Coupee Parish, Pat and Jack Holden’s lovingly created tribute to life in colonial Louisiana is up for sale.
BY RUTH LANEY
“WE’RE INTERESTED NOT IN THE GRAND, TARA HOUSES
BUT IN THE MORE VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE,
THE CREOLE FRENCH EXPRESSION OF
THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED THERE,” SAID PAT.
ADDED JACK, “THE ANTEBELLUM PERIOD HAS BEEN DONE.”
Preserve our Louisiana History
We appreciate your spreading the word to potential buyers to keep this intact, ideally as a museum or research center.
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Friday, August 30
Celebrate the Launch of
Poppy Tooker's Newest Cookbook!
DRAG QUEEN BRUNCH!
BUY THE BOOK!
Saturday, September 7
COUNTRY ROADS SUPPER CLUB:
THE PONTALBA EXPERIENCE
Remember that time when Edwin Edwards dined at Versailles...
This is THE CABILDO! JOIN ME!
HERE'S ONE FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS!
Be sure to make your reservation now as
Country Roads Supper Club events sell out quickly.
See this blog post for more information!
Saturday, September 14
HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR
Louisiana Museum Foundation
Tour fabulous private homes and gardens in Pointe Coupée Parish including the Foremost Colonial French Collection of Architecture, Art and Furnishings in the world - the Holden Collection. Narration along the route by Eugene D. Cizek, FAIA. Emeritus Professor, Tulane University.
Within the Holden Collection, you’ll view a key Butterfly Man armoire to be featured in the upcoming exhibition,“Chasing the Butterfly Man.” Cybele Gontar, curator and decorative arts expert PhD candidate, American Art, City University of New York, The Graduate Center, will preview the exhibition, and the endless fascination for this mysterious cabinetmaker.
For tour details click the link below.
Limited Availablity - Book Now!
We regret the inconvenience. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the open house for Maison Chenal is cancelled. We appreciate your interest in preserving our Louisiana History by saving Maison Chenal.
Preserve our Louisiana History
Postponed: Open House Invitation: the Extraordinary Creole Tout Ensemble of Maison Chenal & LaCour House
Read the Story
On Newsstands Now!
Look for Louisiana Timepiece 10 page spread
...online version coming soon
It is my great pleasure to announce a world class property! A French Creole tout ensemble: Maison Chenal, LaCour House and the Holden Collection of Antiques and Art are for sale in Pointe Coupée Parish, Louisiana.
Maison Chenal above & LaCour House below
Indisputably, this is the most important collection of Louisiana French Creole and Acadian decorative arts, furniture, portraits, and architecture in the WORLD! The collection reflects the extraordinarily rich international cultural transference from France, Canada, Spain, Africa, the Carribean, Mexico, England, and native America that emerged in the Mississippi River Valley from the early 18th century to about 1830.
The Holden Collection represents a lifetime of connoisseur collecting, with a keen focus, shared by Dr. and Mrs. Jack D. Holden. It has been their passion to preserve French Creole and Acadian culture in situ.
About 1,400 objects, made or used in Louisiana, comprise the Holden Collection. The real estate consists of 75 acres of mature landscape on a waterway with access to False River.
I am proud that the Holdens have been my mentors for most of my life; I could not have asked for any better.
I am also excited that Garden & Gun Magazine is featuring Maison Chenal, LaCour House, the gardens and the Holden Collection in this August/September 2019 issue - just released!
You are invited to view the extensive Property Information Packet. Additionally,
just below the packet, there's also "The Book," Maison Chenal & LaCour House Properties and Collections: A French Creole Tout Ensemble,
for even more history details.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to possess the quintessential French Creole tout ensemble offered at $3,850,000.
My best from Bourbon Street,
Peter W. Patout
Potential buyers must provide financial qualification before showing.
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