The Art of Place: Lee Ledbetter- Architecture​ and Interiors

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The Art of Place: Lee Ledbetter- Architecture and Interiors

I have met Lee Ledbetter. He is gracious, modest, and talented beyond the beyond. He is that rare top 1% who is a super talented architect AND designer. His new book shares some of his residential and commercial projects, which span six states and the Bahamas, always incorporating historical precedent and environmental context.

The New Orleans native designs new and updates traditional old homes, often opening the spaces within to be used in a more light-filled, modern way. His chic Modernism style is refined and unfussy- uncluttered and livable. It comes as no surprise that Lee Ledbetter luxuriously embraces architectural details.  His talents and skill go well beyond the structure of walls and spaces to highly sophisticated interior design.

Lee Ledbetter interior design, as seen on

“Lee Ledbetter rejects the idea that a serious architect cannot be a dedicated decorator as well” -Mayer Rus

The above project is an 1829 Greek Revival house on Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans that was at one point turned into multiple apartments. Ledbetter transformed it back to a single-family residence, expanding the three foot wide doorways to eight feet, opening the views to enhance the natural light. He replicated the existing crown moldings and baseboards to preserve historic integrity.  He custom-designed much of the furniture in this gorgeous home.

Ledbetter’s design taste is unbelievable. Page after page of his book incorporate incredible art into his design to the likes of Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman. Collectible furniture finds its way into his projects-  such as Eames, Wormley, Robsjohn-Gibbings, Paulin,etc. His own custom-designed furniture mixes into projects with artistic elegance. My bet is on a Lee Ledbetter furniture line in the near future.

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His body of work shows his natural instinct for thoughtful design and architecture that can be admired from the outside in as well as the inside out. He designed the above double-height window to showcase the sculptural curved staircase. He also created a sitting terrace with views of Lake Pontchartrain for this fabulous home. His interior design matches the architecture in confidence and complexity, blending Louis XVI, Biedermeier, Empire, and twentieth-century designs with modern furnishings and a noteworthy collection of contemporary art.

Lee Ledbetter interior design, as seen on

Shown above: the master bedroom of an Avery Island home owned by a fifth-generation McIlhenny family (of Tobasco pepper sauce). This contemporary square home is designed with a nod to the architecture of Thomas Jefferson, featuring a freestanding octagonal dining room in the center.  More must-see photos in the book.

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Photo credit: Henrik A Kudsen Jr.

Lee Ledbetter is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He has won numerous awards and has been featured extensively in local and national publications.

His firm has undertaken residences in seven states and the Bahamas. Non-residential work includes the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, projects for Tulane University and the St Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Lee Ledbetter's new book, The Art of Place, as seen on

This book releases tomorrow, March 26. Buy your copy here.

All images credit to Pieter Esthsohn. Serial rights are available, please contact Jessica Napp @ 212-387-3436

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