The Louie is a lovingly restored, spacious two-bedroom vacation rental apartment situated on the top two floors of an 1890 shotgun home in the heart of the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans.
How would you describe Fahnestock House in a nutshell?
It’s more than just a place to stay. It’s an experience and you can see the work we are doing on the property. We wanted to create something authentic and for people to feel that when they stay here.
How did it all start? What was the inspiration for the property?
My husband has lived in this area his whole life (I am from Ohio) and after we got married, we moved to Lancaster. It’s a small city — small enough that you have a sense of community but big enough that there’s lots of cool stuff to do. My husband is in construction and does fine carpentry — he really likes historic properties — so we had the idea of purchasing something for a while.
In 2008, this house came up for sale and we naively thought that we could renovate it in a few years. It was barely habitable at the time and we didn’t live in the property until 2010. Since that time, we have been restoring the inside and are still working on the exterior. The interior has been completely redone and refurbished to create four spaces, plus our living area on the first and second floors.
We have tried to create spaces similar to what we look for when we travel. Spaces that have character and authenticity. When we travel, we also prefer to stay in neighborhoods where people are ‘doing life’.
How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design?
I would describe my style as rustic meets Scandinavian with modern touches. There’s lots of wood throughout the property and most of the decor is antique or thrifted, with a few new pieces added in. I like things to have patina and am okay with wear and scratches. I want it to feel real, lived in.
The house itself was built in a Second Empire architectural style and we have tried to keep as many of the old fixtures and features as possible.
Is Fahnestock House best suited for couples, families, groups? What’s your policy on kids?
Children are welcome but only one of our spaces sleeps four people. The other three are really designed for couples.