Sold Friday, September 4, 2020 after just over two months on the market, this historic property had a list price of $3,500,000. Movables, including chandeliers, light fixtures, custom mirrors, and custom window treatments negotiated as part of sale. The new owners intend to take on renovation and restoration of this magnificent Garden District home. Gordon McLeod represented the seller on this deal.


This is an exceedingly rare opportunity to restore an extraordinary Garden District mansion and customize the renovation. Designed in 1860 and eventually built in 1869 by builder/architect, Samuel Jamison, the Morris-Israel House features 7,718 square foot of interior living area with 9,370 square feet under the roof.  With magnificent historic detailing and soaring 15-foot ceilings, this grand home is one of best and purest examples of Italianate architecture in all of New Orleans. The meticulously-manicured corner lot is 0.36 acres/15,864 square feet and is situated on the southeast corner of First Street and Coliseum Street in the heart of the Garden District. The lot is “L” shaped with gated vehicular access off of Coliseum.

For personal reasons, the current owner has elected not to pursue the restoration and renovation into his private residence. A brand new roof has been installed, and careful, limited interior demolition has been completed. Architectural plans by John Williams for a 6+ bedroom/6.5 Bath renovation transfer with the property. Additional interior features include an elevator to all three floors, double parlor, formal dining room with painted fabric ceiling, exquisite ceiling medallions and moldings, black and white marble mantle pieces, original hardwood floors, and a seemingly infinite amount of historic charm. 

Note that the mantles, floors, railings, etc. have been covered to protect from damage during renovation.  Renovation could truly begin next week or once finishes are selected, whichever come first! All of the chandeliers, window treatments, and mirrors, etc. are stored off site, but will be transferred with the property. See drop box deal room link with pre-renovation photographs.

Jamison was also the builder of Factor’s Row in the CBD.  Many houses have features that combine both Greek Revival and Italianate styles, but this grand side-hall town house along with its sister property at 1315 First Street, contain all the features of early Italianate style which became popular in New Orleans in the late 1850s. There are several notable Italianate Garden District Homes, but the two sisters are likely the most significant and purest examples, largely unadulterated with any other stylistic influence. Jamison’s exquisite plaster and brick work is truly a sight to behold, and undoubtedly contributed to the proliferation of Italianate influences to all New Orleans housing types throughout the city.

Offered As Is for $3,500,000

Call or text Gordon McLeod at  504.717.3648 or email to for more information or to schedule a private showing.


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