New Orleans Cottage Revival
After their home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, the Gentinetta family built a new cottage steeped in history.
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn, Article: Elizabeth Beeler
Karina Gentinetta has an affinity for old houses, the older the better. When her newly purchased 1930s home—including nearly
all its contents—was wiped out by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, she and husband Andrew "A.J." McAlear were left to build a new
home on the lot where their old one had stood. "I wanted to pay homage to the architecture and history New Orleans lost,"
says Karina. Placing emphasis on simplicity, she drew the modest plans herself.