Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, Beauregard-Keyes is arguably New Orleans’ best-known historic home. Constructed in 1826 for wealthy auctioneer Joseph LeCarpentier, this “raised center-hall house” is named for two former residents, Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, and author Frances Parkinson Keyes. History aside, this is one of the most magnificently restored homes I’ve enjoyed, the scope unimaginable. Details include original furnishings. Located at 1113 Chartres St. (504/523-7257, BKhouse.org), and open from 10—4, Monday through Saturday, the $10 adult admission is well worth stepping back into history. For active military members, there is no charge. Thank you, BK House, for honoring those who serve this country.☺
Restored historic structures are not TV ‘Extreme Makeover’ projects where crews remodel in 3 days with items donated by big box stores. Fees paid continue preservation. Replication requires intense research and items such as carpet and wallpaper are custom-made—not ordered online. Artisans handcraft intricate cornices and chandelier medallions in ongoing restoration. Docents are usually volunteers or students who guide tours solely for the love of architecture and informing visitors of the building’s history. Unless you’re extremely travel-budget challenged, a greenback discretely handed to the docent is a donation to someone conducting the tour for the love of educating. Is a buck too much?
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