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Lafitte's Guest House –
Haunted Place: Lafitte's Guest
1003 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Lafitte's Guest House can be found on the
corner of Bourbon Street and St. Philip Street, just half a block
up from Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Pub and a few blocks from the bar
action on Bourbon Street, in the residential area just north of the
heart of the entertainment area of New Orleans.
Lafitte's Guest House probably
got its name for being so close to Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Pub.
This restored mansion is described as an 1849, 3 storied
French-style luxury boutique hotel, with an attached wing on
the back of the mansion. This lovely building was built by
master builder, Joshua Peebles, for debt
collector, Paul Joseph Gleises and his wife Marie Odalie Ducayet,
their 6 children, and their slaves. After the war, the
attached wing was the servant's quarters.
The architect, Robert Seaton, also designed the New Orleans Opera
House and Gallier Hall, which is now a Museum.
There was a bath on the second
floor and on the first floor was the kitchen, carriage house,
stable and coal house.
Currently, there are 14 restored guest rooms with private baths,
with some of the rooms having private balconies which are furnished
with antiques. The kitchen area has been improved, and is
used to host cooking classes which last 3 days. "All classes are
Hands-On and students will not only be taught about the food
preparation but also the history and culture of the cuisine."
The Lafitte's Guest House also hosts weddings and receptions
up to 50 people in their large parlor and patio area.
A Charity Hospital was built on this land
in 1793, but burned down in 1809. The land was put up for
What is described as being a simple wood and brick home was built
on this property, becoming the home for several families until
1848, when Paul Gleise bought the land, and had his mansion built
on this spot.
The Gleises owned the mansion until 1866, when the mansion was
sold, probably to pay for the high taxes levied against homeowners
during the reconstruction period of the South. Many families
lived in this lovely mansion throughout the next 100 years.
Sometime in the 20th century, it became a hotel, to take advantage
of being so close to the bar and party scene.
In the late 1960s, Andrew Crocchiolo and Edward
Doré bought Lafitte's Guest House. In the
1970s, they hired an innkeeper to run the hotel, until recently,
when they came back to run the place themselves in 2007.
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:
A baby of one of the previous
owners died here.
In Room 21, a little girl died of yellow fever.
Her mother never recovered emotionally, and died in the room some
of an infant
Sounds of an infant crying are heard in the
Entity of a little girl, known as Marie ( 8
-10 years old)
She has appeared in the mirror that is
found outside of room 21.
She has appeared and talked with children who are guests of the
Unhappy entity of a
Sounds of a woman's sobbing inside
room 21 are heard by the living.
A feeling of sorrow and despair has been felt in room 21.
This female entity has communicated with a guest who stayed in room
This female entity does enjoy walking
around Lafitte's Guest House, and will turn on and off
It seems to be. There are many strong
eye-witness experiences that have been reported for many years.
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