About The Mystère Mansion

This Grand Victorian Mansion that sits at 4800 Canal Street, with its awe-inspiring colonnaded portico, holds a special place in the hearts of many in old New Orleans.  The historic property at the end of the Canal Street streetcar line has been a gathering place for the families of old New Orleans for generations, and now opens its doors to the public as an events venue, unrivaled within the city for its grandeur and modern amenities.  Brimming with elegance and life, historic Mystere Mansion is the perfect setting for any of life’s incredible celebrations.

Originally built in 1872 by Mary Slattery, the original mansion was intended to be a home for generations of her family. Immigrants from Ireland who lived in Alabama for a time, by 1878 the Slattery family owned the land spanning from Gasquet St (now Cleveland St) to Canal, Anthony St and Bernadotte. John Slattery was a police officer for the city of New Orleans.  At the time, the land this magnificent home sat on was outside the city proper, and one had to cross a back-swamp (now Mid-City) to reach it.  By 1880, John and Mary Slattery had six children living with them in the home. The home was large enough to accommodate not only their rather large family, but also their friends, Mr. and Mrs. John Kane.

After passing to the care of Mary’s eldest remaining son, in October of 1905, the Slattery home was sold to Mrs. Marie Lafontier and William Kline. Marie maintained possession of the home until May 15th, 1923, where the home passed into the custody of Notary E. Howard McCaleb for the sum of $15,000.

It is during the 1920’s that the current architectural wonder arose at 4800 Canal St.  Building upon the original structure, well-known architect William Burk added many additions to the home, including the colonnaded portico.  Massive front columns, so wide that two people are needed to wrap their arms around one, arose from an elevated brick porch.  Instead of a simple two story structure, the building was now absolutely grand in its design, featuring three levels, filled with elegant furnishings and “Victorian splendor.”  Families came from far and wide to visit the building and spend time with loved ones.  For those travelling from out of town, furnished rooms were made available on the top floor, replete with tiled baths and period furniture.  A staff (including maids, porters, cooks and others) were also on hand to assist families with anything that they may need.

Architects George Riehl and Herbert Benson were hired in 1956 to make further additions to the mansion.  By 1958, the rear portion of the building featured a modern elevator to traverse the three floors, as well as areas which have now been turned into a spacious modern kitchen and multi-media control room facility.

On March 23rd, 2004, the historic building was sold to EHN2 Holdings.  EHN2, which governs the real estate holdings of Neil Corporation, purchased the one hundred and thirty year old building to become a day spa.  Their first task was to gut the property due to its poor condition and the hazardous materials that ran throughout the building. Almost everything was removed. Not one stitch of plaster was left, not one floor tile remained. All that was left was the wood framing, doors and the staircases of the building. In this process, the CEO of Neil Corp died and their board decided to discontinue the project. The gutted building was listed for sale in 2004. It remained empty and abandoned, stripped to stud, for three years.

During this period, disaster struck. Hurricane Katrina swept through New Orleans in late August 2005 and laid waste to the city. The former home at 4800 Canal survived the brunt of the storm due to its relative high ground.

On July 2nd, 2007, Jeff Borne, the owner of PSX Audio/Video Technologies, purchased the ramshackle building which had fallen into a completely dilapidated state.  When Mr. Borne’s work crew walked onto the property they walked into a building in a state of extreme disrepair.  Graffiti decorated the walls and holes pitted the floors. If one did not watch their step they could fall through the top floor and end up in the basement.

Mr. Borne’s plan was ambitious: to turn the run-down building at 4800 Canal St into New Orleans premier events venue.  With this goal in mind, the newly christened Mystere Mansion has become a most unique venue for special events for any occasion!  Weddings and receptions, rehearsal dinners, private theater screenings, meetings…anything that can be imagined…can be accomplished within the real world fantasy that is historic Mystere Mansion.  From the custom mahogany bar to the exquisite theater, from the open and airy courtyard to the spacious parlors, Jeff Borne has made sure that his building can answer any of your celebratory needs.

So come experience Mystere Mansion, one of the grandest homes in New Orleans.  Take a classic streetcar ride into the cities wondrous history, delivering you right to the steps of Mystere Mansion.  Bask in the marvel of its giant columns that stretch to the sky. Tour the mansion’s rebuilt interior which harkens you back to a simpler time. Come to experience true New Orleans history. Whatever reason you come, when you leave opulent Mystere Mansion, you will never look at an event venue quite the same ever again.

 

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