Monday, November 16, 2009

Aleix-Art Tree House

If you venture beyond the galleried house located at 1614 Esplanade, you will find a fabulous treehouse/waterslide/ropebridge. From the brightly colored pod-topped treehouse, you can see as far as the Mississippi River.

A March 1868 newspaper clipping documents the property as having "a high state of cultivation as a garden, planted with vegetables and a great variety of fruit and ornamental trees." By 1872, Mrs. Emma Goldenbow, wife of Joseph Aleix, had built the present raised house. Its address was originally 248 Esplanade, and it was home to Mr. and Mrs Joseph Aleix, as well as to Jacinto Aleix, who owned a Bourbon Street cigar shop, and to Fernando Aleix, who served as the Spanish Consulate's chancellor. Today, the property supports an arts co-operative, the Art House, whose membership built the rapidly expanding treehouse.

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