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Preservationist of the Year Andrea St. Paul Bland to Restore Historic Rountree House
Lower Garden District Architectural Treasure to be Returned to Former Glory
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, FEBRUARY 4th, 2014- Andrea St. Paul Bland, owner of local historic architectural restoration firm Cygnette, announced today that she has acquired the historic Rountree House at 1421 Josephine Street in the Lower Garden District and plans to restore the home utilizing historic restoration tax credits. Cygnette has previously restored six other important properties in New Orleans earning Andrea St. Paul Bland the distinction of 2013 Preservationist of the Year by the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to restore this important architectural landmark and add it to Cygnette’s rapidly-growing portfolio of pristinely renovated luxury properties,” Said Andrea St. Paul Bland. “There are few properties of this caliber available for lease. We are happy to serve a growing market of visiting executives, film industry professionals, families relocating and individuals that appreciate the experience of living in these special properties.”
The Rountree House is a Victorian double gallery home widely attributed to noted New Orleans architect James Freret. The home was built in 1869 by Austen Woolfolk Rountree, a wholesale grocer who would later become a railroad executive and the Sheriff of Jefferson Parish. Throughout the 19th and 20th Centuries the house has only been owned by three families: the Rountree family through 1907, the Nicholls family until 1965, and Rosamond Long through 2001. It was purchased as an abandoned and blighted multi-family home on January 30, 2014 by Andrea St. Paul Bland.
“The Preservation Resource Center was very concerned about the house as it continued to deteriorate because it is an important part of the historic built environment of the Josephine Street streetscape, the Lower Garden District, and also of PRC’s logo,” Said Patty Gay, Director of the Preservation Resource Center. “We are thrilled that the Rountree House is now in such good hands! Andrea Bland has the preservation skills, experience and dedication to restore this house to its original beauty.”
Ms. Bland will restore it to a single family home under the auspices of the National Park Services Historic Preservation and the State of Louisiana’s Historic Restoration programs. The restoration will commence immediately and is expected to be complete by the end of 2014, when it will be returned to commerce and leased as a luxury home.
Cygnette acquires important Louisiana properties that are in peril, restores them and allows people the opportunity to experience grand New Orleans living as a fortunate and privileged local. Cygnette properties have every modern convenience from WIFI to state-of-the-art security and are located in the most exclusive neighborhoods in the city. The properties and lease opportunities are showcased on website www.cygnette.com.