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“Happy to have gone.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Beauregard-Keyes House

Beauregard-Keyes House
1113 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116
504-523-7257
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Ranked #28 of 163 Attractions in New Orleans
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Occupants of this historic house, now a museum, included Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard and novelist Frances Parkinson Keyes.
Seattle
2 reviews
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“Happy to have gone.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Our tour guide was great! The house and grounds are beautiful with an interesting history. They do Groupons occasionally. Worth a trip!

Visited June 2013
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Mpls, MN
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“Great house tour in the French Quarter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Very interesting tour of a house once owned by General Beauregard and later by the author Frances Parkinson Keyes. The tour was very hands on - we were allowed to touch items which is very unusual for a historic house tour.

Visited May 2013
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Pennsylvania
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Interesting and Informative”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

I took this tour March 2012. It was very interesting and informative. Great way to learn about the history. The tour guide was very knowledgable and was able to answer all questions that was asked. Beautiful home and great courtyard. CHEAP TOUR TOO!! Can't beat it

Visited June 2012
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Seattle, WA
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“Worth A Look”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

This is definitely among the best of the historic homes to visit in the quarter, and one of the best values too. For under 10 bucks you can get a private tour--not bad.

The Beauregard-Keyes House was built in 1826 for wealthy auctioneer Joseph LeCarpentier and is an example of a raised center hall house. Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant (P.G.T.) Beauregard was a New Orleans native who ordered the first shots of the Civil War fired on Fort Sumter, South Carolina. He lived in the house 1866-1868 while he was president of the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Railroad. Frances Parkinson Keyes was the distinguished author of more than fifty books and short story collections who lived and wrote here for more than 25 years, nearly a century after Beauregard.

The interior is just shy of 5,000 square feet, with 2 bedrooms, a large parlor, ballroom, and a rectangular dining room whose floor is slightly off level. Pictures of the family adorn the walls, which the tour guide did a good job of explaining. The Beauregard chambers feature many of the original furnishings used by the General and his family, including an old grand piano, hand fans, Keyes' 200+ doll collection, armoires, chests/drawers, etc.. The first bedroom is interesting, in that there is no wall behind the bed--slip behind it and enter the second bedroom just like the servants once did.

The brick-walled garden features a lovely cast iron fountain and boxwood hedges. The quarters in the back of the house is where Keyes wrote all her novels and has quite a view of the courtyard.

Definitely worth it, but if you're looking for a larger house and more extensive history check out the Hermann or Gallier House.

Visited May 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Lovely Courtyard”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

This home is not typical of the Creole architecture in the area. It has had numerous occupants. A tour will give you a view of only a handful of original buildings left in the French Quarter. Located in a quiet part of the Quarter across from the Ursuline Convent, tours are hourly during the 4 days they are open. This location is not so touristy which makes a visit more pleasurable than the T shirt shops by the water.

Visited April 2013
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