Gardette House - New Orleans, LA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member JimmyEv
N 29° 57.567 W 090° 03.973
15R E 783133 N 3317914
Quick Description: A web of intricate ironwork surrounds this three story house with its raised basement. The entry door is deeply recessed above the sidewalk and reached from a steep, narrow stairway. The house is said to be haunted by the victims of a hideous crime committed in 1880.
Location: Louisiana, United States
Date Posted: 4/7/2007 6:18:33 PM
Waymark Code: WM1CVZ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Rose Red
Views: 52

Long Description:
This house was built in 1836 for a dentist, Joseph Coulon Gardette. The prominent cast iron galleries were not added until 1839 by a new owner, planter Jean Baptiste le Pretre.

According to legend, in the later 19th century, Le Prete rented the house to a Turk. The house immediately became the suspicion of rumor amongst New Orleanians. Windows were covered. Several Turks moved into the house, bringing with them their exotic smells and sounds. Men armed with scimitars guarded the doors. People speculated as to what these strangers were doing behind these guarded doors, orgies? opium?

After a few weeks, blood was noticed oozing out of the house, down the steps and onto the sidewalk. Police raided the house. The front door was unlocked. Inside the officers found blood, and body parts, cut-up, mutilated beyond recognition, covering the entire first floor. In the courtyard – the garden – the officers spotted a hand sticking out of the ground. Someone had been buried. Then the officers noticed that the hand was moving – clawing and grasping at the soil around it. The officers hurriedly began digging, but they didn’t dig fast enough. Soon the hand stopped moving. When they finally had dug-out the body, they discovered that it was the Turk that had rented the house. He had been buried alive, smothered by the dirt that covered him. The police never solved the crime. It is said that the spirits of the dead haunt the house, creating soft music and burning incense.


Type of material of the door: Wood

Functional door?: Yes

Location of this door/way: On private property

Is it accessable only by paid admission": No

Style: Modern

Address or physical location:
716 Dauphiine Street New Orleans, Louisiana

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