NEW ORLEANS, LA (WFLA) – A New Orleans home with rumors of ghosts, and legends of romance and tragedy is for sale.
The Magnolia Mansion was designed in 1857 and is located in the Garden District, a historic area, according to TopTenRealEstateDeals.com. The website says it’s one of the most photographed homes in the city.
“In a city famous for its fabulous food, art and ghost stories, New Orleans also has some of the most colorful homes in the world,” TopTenRealEstateDeals.com says.
The site says New Orleans’ homes often come with legends and backstories. “Encompassing everything from French Quarter cast-iron balconies and colorful courtyards such as the Gardette-LePretre Mansion where a Turkish sultan and his harem were murdered in the 1870s to the Creole cottage owned by Priestess Marie Laveau whose voodoo performances attracted thousands of fans, the city includes over 20 National Register historic districts,” the site says.
The Magnolia Mansion, an example of Antebellum architecture, is also called the Harris-Maginnis. “It was named several times by various publications as one of America’s top ten romantic inns and by USA Today as one of the Top 10 Great Places to Sleep with a Ghost,” TopTenRealEstateDeals.com says.
James H. Calrow designed the mansion for a cotton broker named Alexander Harris and Harris’ child bride, Lizzie Thompson. Harris died of yellow fever 11 years after the home was built.
Thompson sold the home to John Henry Maginnis, but, as the website explains, Maginnis was struck by lightning and killed. “Some people said the lightning strike was payback for the poor working conditions in his cotton mill,” TopTenRealEstateDeals.com says.
The home was donated to charity in 1939. A Tina Turner impersonator bought the home in 2001 and turned it into a bed and breakfast.
The mansion is 13,369 square feet. It features 11 Corinthian columns, a wrap-around veranda, 15 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms. There’s a banquet area and three courtyards. “It is zoned for commercial use so it can continue to be operated as a bed & breakfast, or it could be converted back to a beautiful Southern family estate,” the website says. “Though it is said that the home, like many of New Orleans’ older mansions, might include a few ghosts, they do not convey in the sale price but would be considered under separate negotiation.”
Currently, the sellers are asking for $4.9 million. Read more about the mansion here.
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