Picture this: you’re sitting on America’s oldest operating streetcar, a national historical landmark. Deep green live oak trees line the street. Sunlight beams through their branches, creating intricate shadows on the streetcar tracks. And the houses. There is nothing more historic to Uptown New Orleans than the St. Charles Avenue mansions. A sea of elegant painted brick, sculpted columns, and cast iron fences, these expansive houses have become a tourist attraction of their own. The history of these famous homes spans centuries, and over time, they have developed a timeless, only in New Orleans look.
As color specialists and New Orleanians, there are colors that will always remind us of New Orleans. These gorgeous off-whites create that classic old world New Orleans look on St. Charles Avenue. Several of these homes date back to the 1800s, each with a unique story. Many of these homeowners preserve the 19th century New Orleans feel of their homes using crisp, classic colors that evoke that timeless elegance.
In partnership with Traditional Home, Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans worked side by side to host the 2016 Southern Style Showhouse Now. As some of you might know, Jason Bertoniere Painting Contractor participated in the interior painting restoration aspect of the project. Specifically, we were assigned to paint the living room, designed by Shaun Smith, of the Traditional Home Southern Style Showhouse back in May.
On a phone interview with Preservation in Print, Jason Bertoniere explains the role of painting in terms of restoration and historic preservation and the importance of combining “old painting methods” with modern techniques and trends.
The article, which was published in their September 2016 issue Keeping Old World Methods Alive, covers the changes in paint products and application techniques over the years. In terms of restoration specifically, Preservation in Print discusses how paint product, painting techniques, and skill level are key to maintaining historic homes’ original “glory”–looking the same as they did when they were first built.
We are excited to tell you that Jason Bertoniere, Inc. participated as one of the painting contractors for the TRADITIONAL HOME New Orleans Southern Style Now SHOWHOUSE 2016.
Every year TRADITIONAL HOME sponsors a National Showhouse Tour. Each room of the selected house is allocated to different local designers and artisans. This year New Orleans will be a host city for the first time ever! A beautiful home located at 7618 St Charles Ave, New Orleans will be the showhouse. Local designer, Shaun Smith, has chosen our company to work along side with his team to bring his vision for the living room to life.
If you would like to tour this fabulously designed home, you can do so during the open house from May 19th to June 12th!
Also, we will be volunteering at the Showhouse on Saturday, June 4th from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Specific rooms will be assigned to us where we will be greeting guests and sharing information about the designers who participated in this exciting project. Come See Us!
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