Henry Zeller House
Originally built as a single shotgun cottage between 1884 and 1885 for German native, Henry Zeller and his wife Catherine Stahl.
The structure was built on raised brick piers, set several feet away from the sidewalk or banquette. The porch covers the entire front width of the house and is supported by six Corinthian Solomonic columns (Byzantine in origin).
According to the 1890's Sandborn map, showing the house with a side gable and a wing added to the rear, confirmed the structure had transitioned from a single shotgun house to a camelback, popular in the Uptown area of New Orleans, from the 1860's to the early 1900's.
After the death of Henry's wife Catherine, Henry Zeller continued to live as a widower in the home with three of his five children until his death in 1923. Mr. Zellar bequeathed the property to his daughter, Annie Zeller, who borrowed $9,000.00 from a local bank to make some improvements on the home. Major alteration included the construction of a second wing at the rear side of the house, a side galleried addition and Italianate/Greek Revival stylistic motifs such as dentil moldings, paired brackets, double hung windows, Corinthian Solomonic Columns, lintel and parapet were also added not eh façade of the house.
The roaring 20's were a decade and time of tremendous prosperity in the United States, and in New Orleans that was no exception when Annie Zeller sold the family home. The home subsequently sold over the years and in 2014 the Zeller Home was purchased by Dianna Knost as the new location of A.K.A. Stella Gray.
The house needed a lot of work, but Dianna was drawn to it's architectural simplicity and beauty. Restoring the façade of the home to it's natural state, Dianna also enclosed the side hall/gallery of the east side of the home, adding more space to sell her wares.
The original wood floors were pickled and blue washed. Double French style doors were installed at the rear end of the home, and two central chimney were stabilized and repointed. The bargeboard walls and old beamed ceiling in the camel back addition were exposed and restored as well.
The Henry Zeller House is located in a Historic District of Uptown New Orleans. The area is listed on the National Registry of Historical Places. Uptown is a section of New Orleans consisting of a mix of residential and small commercial properties.
There has been minor changes to the interior after the historic occupancy of Mr. Henry Zeller. Currently, the building retains integrity of original materials and design to a high degree, and is significant primarily as the best-preserved example of a late 19th and early 20th century middle-class residence in the Uptown area of New Orleans.
A.K.A. Stella Gray
4422 Magazine Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
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