This magnificent columned mansion is architecturally unique in that it was built in two periods: Antebellum and High Victorian. The second and third floors were built in 1850 by George Washington Squires. Then in 1884 William Renaud's family, who enjoyed lavish parties, had the entire house elevated to accommodate a grand floor for entertaining, complete with a splendid ballroom and sumptuous parlors. It is an outstanding example of the architecture and woodwork of the two periods with a center hall that showcases an enormous mirror that was added by the Simon Hernsheim Company when they owned the house in the 1890's. Since they were tobacco millionaires they embellished the mirror with an intricate border of tobacco leaves. Also the original gasolier hangs in the hall complete with its gas pole and turns on each arm that would be able to adjust the flow of gas. The Mystic ballroom features ornate chandeliers, mirrors and fireplaces and is still the site of many lavish weddings and parties
The House of Broel is open for tours by appointment. The cost is $15 adults and $10 for children.
Please call 504-494-2220 for your guided tour.