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Columns Mansion –
Haunted Place: The Columns
3811 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
The Columns can be found in
the Upper Garden District, close to the trolley line. Turn from
Canal Street onto St. Charles Avenue. The Columns is located in the
3000 block of St. Charles Avenue, between Louisiana Avenue and
This 1883, grand-looking Italianate
mansion, is a glorious 3 storied, European-style Guest House,
offering 20 rooms, from "very simple, to very grand decor", rooms,
that each have their own style; something for everyone's budget!
Besides offering warm southern hospitality, New Orleans style, The
Columns' guest rooms have lovely antiques, amoires unique
fireplaces, old fashioned bath tubs to be enjoyed by their
Lovely Italianate columns across the porch, and dentils along the
roof line greet the visitor. A lovely wide veranda porch,
called the grand front gallery, surrounds the mansion on two
floors, making it perfect to eat outside on a warm evening, at
their restaurant, which serves a delicious variety of the
best of Creole, Cajun and Continental style cooking.
Going inside and touring the first
floor is a glorious experience. Besides the glorious
collection of antiques, the ceilings, walls and floors are quite
impressive, in such rooms as Albertine's Tea Room, (dining and
event room), Drawing Room, Victorian Lounge and Side terrace.
One sees great artistic detail from the Italianate, pre-Victorian
era in the rooms found here.
Tea Room: Is graced with overhead fans, concave mirrors, Victorian
fanciness and French-stained glass.
Victorian Lounge: The Victorian Lounge is the perfect gathering
place. It's decor is quite impressive, looking very much like a
traditional European Pub. Besides a glorious dark wood bar and
back, one is blown away with the glided bronze chandeliers, dark,
carved woodwork. Such well known people who were guests on a
holiday, enjoying good company and a drink here, include Cameron
Diaz, John Goodman, Michael Jordan, Clint Eastwood, Rod Stewart,
Michael Coustenu, Brooke Shields, and Harry Connick Junior.
Most impressive is the massive central mahogany staircase
which leads up to the other floors, in full view of the
"extraordinary square domed stained glass skylight in a stylized
sunburst motif," found in the ceiling.
The downstairs is welcoming to all kinds of events, parties,
celebrations and inspires a healthy night life at The Columns.
Weekly musical entertainment ranges from traditional jazz to the
swift beat of Brazilian samba. Restored period rooms are available
for group events and dinners. Locals love to attend the Victorian
and Christmas dinners, and other special holiday-theme
buffets! Besides the other rooms already mentioned, there is
also the Avenue Room and the ballroom area as well that are popular
for a variety of events.
The Columns was the dream home of tobacco
merchant, Simon Hernsheim, who spared no expense to create this
beautiful abode in 1883, that was also built for entertaining
friends and guests. In 1898, this mansion passed from the Hernsheim
family, to a series of several other owners, who also used it
as a family home. Probably in the early 20th century, it
became an upscale boarding house, to help with the upkeep of this
large property. From a boarding house for the well-to-do, it
eventually was transformed into a small hotel.
The current owners, Claire and Jacques Creppel, have owned it and
loved it since they purchased it in 1980, as a fixer-upper
opportunity. In 1982, the property was chosen and listed on the
prestigious National Registry of Historic
Places. To fund their continuing restoration
efforts, they have made the most of all the mansion's features and
strong points; having fun serving the locals and visitor's alike,
while making money at the same time!
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:
One can speculate that the entities who
stay here once lived here themselves over the mansion's long
Restoration of an old home can please the
original entities, bringing energy to their beings, who are
enjoying the building, and helping the living on occasion.
Perhaps some spirits have
attached themselves to some of their former possessions; perhaps
antiques found in the mansion. (Brumder Mansion * That Steak Joynt * MacArthur Military Museum * Governor's Mansion)
Three known gentile spirits, with impeccable
southern manners seem to be sharing the mansion with the
A Male Entity - described as a well-dressed gentleman,
becomes the kindly spectral host, checking up on the
guests. (Olde Pink House *
Bullock Hotel * Berkeley Plantation * Monmouth Plantation)
A Female Entity - likes to float happily
around in a white attire, being noticed by the living in the
ballroom, and garden area; two places a lady of the house would
love to visit, watch the current activities, and remember her own
wonderful experiences she lived there while alive... (Glen Coe * Mordecai Manor * T'Freres House & Garconniere)
Little Girl Entity - Perhaps the victim of
disease or a dumb kid accident, has been seen walking around the
third floor, in the area near the balcony. (Saint James Hotel * Robert E. Lee Mansion)
It seems to be, according to
many eye witnesses. Three known entities exist peaceably with
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