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Re: “Blake Pontchartrain: The oddly shaped Harmony Street house

I see my parents home was on the market for just under $Million in 2007. They would be so proud...I'm sure they are watching from Heaven!

Posted by SusiePMcD on 08/16/2016 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Blake Pontchartrain: The oddly shaped Harmony Street house

I can help with first-hand knowledge. My parents, Carl and Mozelle Plaisance bought this church at 3110 St. Charles Ave and refurbished it as their home in the 1980’s. My family moved from Beaumont, Texas in 1971 to open an Art Gallery at 416 Bourbon Street, Formerly Studio One, owned by the now deceased artist, Patti and her husband Glen Bannister. We lived above the Art Gallery on Bourbon for almost 10 years, they retired at age fifty. They sold the Gallery inventory to William “Bill” Cousins and he moved the Gallery from Bourbon St. to Royal St. My Parents moved back to Beaumont in 1979 and they quickly became board. After living in the “Vieux Carré” Beaumont was not exciting enough . So, back to New Orleans they went…seeking an exciting project. AND They found one. A Church with pews and bibles, All still there…awaiting my parents creative minds to transform this awesome church into their unique home. I must say they did an outstanding job! The stair rail was a commissioned iron work....daddy wanted to duplicate the arch of the ceiling...special details like that were important to my parents. The Kitchen was a Chefs playground (that would be my daddy,( as he was the cook in the family). It had all stainless commercial alliances. A totally white, ultra-modern designed kitchen with a huge walk in pantry. (cloeby was a builtin ironing broad in the wall) The breakfast nook was the unique bowed out glass area in the front of the house, where one would expect the front door to be located. The main entrance was on the side street (Harmony)…the courtyard had a sunken Koi Pond, it was my dad’s pride and joy. (we had 3 Koi ponds in our Bourbon Street home and. Mother had to have her garden tub) It was about a three year project….I only spent the night there a few times after it was completed, because I was raising my kiddos in Beaumont, while my parents “did their thing”…making a wonderful art filled home and running their Antique store, “Antiques Etc, “ at 3025 Magazine St.. (it’s now a Pastry Restaurant called Sucré's). After that project they were ready for some extensive traveling. So they sold the St. Charles Ave “Church-House” as well as the Antique store and hit the roads in their Air-stream Trailer. They went all over the Continental US, and Mexico, from coast to coast. After a few years traveling they settled in Friendswood , TX. and became Master gardeners, my farther Carl, passed away in 2002 and my beautiful mother died this past January. They left their Legacy for the love of Art and Antiques…they both held their New Orleans experiences dear to their hearts. If I ever get back to New Orleans…I just may have to pay the Church-House a visit. I hope the current owners would like to know about the couple that created there home from an old church. If anyone knows them tell them to contact me for a little more history. Susie Plaisance McDermand 6980 Glen Willow Beaumont, TX 77706. (I will have to dig for the photos of the renovation). The Times Picayune did a full page story with their picture and pictures of the church. If I recall correctly, the church sold for only $183,000. (and I have no clue what my daddy put into it after that, It may have been bought at an auction, but that was so long ago), while II was busy having babies of my own! I can’t recall what they sold it for (I’m sure it’s in a box somewhere) they sold it to a couple , with the last names McDaniel’s, they entertained a lot, I believe he was a River Pilot. They sold the home, I believe to an Accountant out of San Francisco, CA. Or maybe I’m confused …the name may have been Wagstaff, also in the Marine business as well. I may have the owners out of order. I do recall my mother saying that one of the owners also had an article written about them, many many years after it was sold. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
The Beyoncé house HAS to be the one behind where my parents lived…as it was the ORIGINAL Church turned dance school….my parents’ home was the newer church. I have seen the Beyoncé article as well.
Side note to the person, Camille that posted this story. I once worked with a Camille Mouton that had a hard time believing my parents turned a church into their home. I wonder if it was you! Also I cant imagine it being an apartment house now.

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Posted by SusiePMcD on 08/16/2016 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Blake Pontchartrain: The oddly shaped Harmony Street house

3110 St. Charles was the home of Carl and Mozelle Plaisance...I am their daughter Susie Plaisance McDermand. I will give you a history of the house and my colorful parents!

Posted by SusiePMcD on 08/16/2016 at 3:20 PM

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