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Drone footage shows damage at St. Charles Avenue mansion

Footage showed extremely severe damage to the historic home with ties to the Rex organization

NEW ORLEANS — Two days after flames raged through a 154-year-old New Orleans mansion with strong ties to the Rex Organization, drone footage gave a peek behind the walls to show the extent of the damage.

A 7-alarm fire tore through the home and raged for several hours before it became under control. 

According to the Preservation Resource Center - this home at 2525 St. Charles Avenue was built by famed architect Henry Howard for businessman Charles Miltenberger sometime prior to 1865. 

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Noted architect Thomas Sully did substantial renovations to the home in 1888.

Architectural historian Robby Cangelosi said he features the mansion in a class he teaches at Tulane University.

"It's a very early example of the colonial revival style in New Orleans," Cangelosi said. "The Daily Picayune in 1888 said it was described as being a neo-colonial style and wIth all the new modern conveniences of 1888 being put into the house there."

The home is a stop for Rex to toast each year as the mansion has been home to five Kings of Carnival over the years.