The 1960s built home of Catherine Burns Tremaine at 1435 Second St. fits perfectly into the historic Garden District, its Federal Revival style façade blending with the 19th century architecture that surrounds it. While the home is beautiful, it was the location of the home that inspired Mrs. Tremaine to purchase it in 2005. She had grown up in the Garden District and, after spending decades living in the Northeast and traveling the world, Mrs. Tremaine decided to come home. Catherine Tremaine, formerly Catherine Burns, graduated from the Louise S. McGehee School in 1942, attended Newcomb College for three-and-a-half years, married and had one son. She later moved to New York City, a move that would lead her to the two true loves of her life — Burton Tremaine, Jr. and modern art. Mrs. Tremaine earned her degree in Art History from the University of Massachusetts and lived in two custom built homes in Hartford, Connecticut before returning to New Orleans. In addition to the impressive collection of modern art she and Burton put together, Mrs. Tremaine brought with her a massive pastel colored floral rug that was the keystone of her decision to purchase 1435 Second St. When she and her real estate agent attended the open house, they measured the living room with a tape measure; when they found that the oversized rug fit, they made an offer.
The home is a wonderful backdrop for Mrs. Tremaine’s art collection, which includes works by Cezanne, Miro, Picasso, Lichtenstein, Warhol, and countless other famous artists.
With the assistance of Crane Construction, she updated the home, including an extensive renovation of the kitchen and butler’s pantry as well as the installation of green toile upholstered walls in the first floor powder room. In the dining room, Mrs. Tremaine’s beautiful china collection is displayed on custom built-in shelves. In the living room, the grand piano belies her true musical calling. She learned at an early age that playing the piano was not for her; the piano ties one to a single location while singing can be done anywhere. Catherine Tremaine learned her love of music from her musician mother and has sung in theaters in New York and Connecticut, and today takes singing lessons in her own living room, which she feels is perfect for music.
The home is a wonderful backdrop for Mrs. Tremaine’s art collection, which includes works by Cezanne, Miro, Picasso, Lichtenstein, Warhol, and countless other famous artists. The rear yard showcases two of Tremaine’s favorite sculptures within the beautifully manicured gardens and swimming pool. -Joey Walker and Sarina Mohan