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James G. Derbes, Proprietor
Benachi House & Gardens is an authentic, classic New Orleans setting for a party, wedding ceremony and/or wedding reception - from elegant to trendy, crawfish boil to seated dinner. Available for a venue charge, the house and gardens together will accommodate up to 150-175 guests, while a ceremony, reception or party for up to 60 may occur indoors. In the event of rain, the house and its galleries will comfortably contain a buffet and bar and up to about one hundred guests. Included in all rentals are the patios, gardens and outdoor spaces, as well as the parlors, dining room, hallways and kitchen.
Ours is a convenient downtown location with ample on- street parking.
We only do one event per day!
- $2,250.00 for a Saturday, or
- $1,750.00 for any other day of the week;
- + refundable damage deposit of $350.00.
The freedom to do it your way!
Check our calendar for availability!
Contact us for answers to your questions and to schedule a tour!
- Access to the property for set up and decoration by you, your planner and caterer beginning as early at 9:00 AM on the morning of the event;
- For dressing and preparation, use of a Private Suite throughout the day of the event;
- A security guard on duty during the event;
- Approximately 120 white wedding chairs, 9 serving tables and 30 dining tables (list available on request);
- Use of the venue for pre-wedding portraiture; and
- Use of the venue for a rehearsal to be scheduled so as not to conflict with another event.
- Professional catering by the caterer of your choice (see our Recommendations);
- That the duration of the event limited to 5 hours;
- That the bar close and the music stop no later than 10:00 PM;
- That event music be played at no more than a moderate level of amplification (see below) as required by law;
- A signed contract and $500 deposit to secure the date;
- Payment of the balance 60 days prior to the event.
We do not provide:
- Tents (though they are readily available for rent from our recommended providers);
- Flowers and decorations;
- Table linens. utensils, dishes and glassware (though they are readily available through your caterer);
We provide a beautifully restored and furnished Greek Revival mansion and gardens, which include fountains, a gazebo, a Beaux Arts pavilion and a large patios to the rear, where our garden features varieties of heritage roses. The house is fully restored and furnished with 19th Century American antiques. The gardens, which embellish our park-like but private setting, are landscaped with additional lighting, paving and walkways. Our double parlors and dining room feature fine examples of contemporary Southern art.
For dressing and preparation, event hosts may use the master bedroom and bath—at no additional charge—on the day of the event.
On-street parking and access at our Esplanade Ridge location is convenient and adequate for up to 150 guests.
Have a Look
Come by at any time and see for yourself. Our event lighting comes on at dusk. Our front gates are closed but unlocked.
Music and Crowd Noise Restrictions
The Benachi House is a classic New Orleans landmark situated in a distinguished residential neighborhood. Out of respect for our neighbors we limit the size of events to 150-175 guests, set a 10:00 PM closing time and ask that event hosts, their bands and DJs, comply with the restrictions on the volume of music and crowd noise imposed by the City of New Orleans. The sound level is restricted by local ordinance to 60 decibels when measured at our neighbors’ front porch on N. Tonti St., a distance of more than 75 ft. from our patio. We measure levels during each event and request that adjustments be made when appropriate. Happily, hundreds of events have occurred here with no sound level issues. We ask that hosts set up the music near the area chosen as the dance floor and and that they avoid hiring brass bands, bands with more than six pieces and bands with huge amplification equipment .
With BH&G you have the freedom to choose your menu and professional caterer, and with our approval, decorate the house and grounds to your taste. We coordinate with you or your planner. Suggestions for caterers, planners, photographers, equipment rentals and nearby B&B's, are among the Recommendations on this site. At your convenience, we are happy to discuss these with you in greater detail.
The House & Gardens
The Benachi House is a New Orleans Landmark, a centerpiece of the Esplanade Ridge Historic District. It has been lovingly restored by Proprietor James G. Derbes, who has been its owner since 1982. The house retains its original details: fourteen foot ceilings fitted with banded cornices and exuberant medallions; carved, black marble and granite mantles of European origin; Rococo Revival chandeliers by Cornelius & Baker; Greek key doorways; and heart of pine floors. The furnishings complete the ensemble: Gothic and Classical Revival, American Empire, Neo-Grec and Victorian. The location is convenient - on Bayou Road, just off Esplanade Ave. - mid-way between the French Quarter and City Park.
Photographs and Videos
The house and grounds offer marvelous visual possibilities. From candid scenes to portraits, the setting provides a rich, detailed backdrop from which to capture memories of the special occasions shared here.
For a ceremony location, most couples choose the front yard: in or near the pavilion, on the gallery of the house or at the base of the front steps, all with guests seated on the lawn. After the ceremony, guests repair to the back yard for the party.
The double parlors provide an indoor setting for a ceremony, and along with the dining room and central hall, a reception setting with up to sixty guests.
Receptions and Parties
The rear patio and lawn offer private but generous surroundings for a party for up to 150-175 guests. The bar and food service are usually set up on the patio, with tables set there for food service and dining. Some hosts choose to serve a portion of the food or the cakes in the dining room. Caterers have convenient access to the grounds and to the kitchen, where there is ample room for food layout and preparation, prior to service. The entire outdoor area is appropriately lighted, though hosts often choose to accent the outdoor spaces with votive candles adorning the flower beds and strings of lights on the gallery railings. Music may be performed from any of several possible locations, with plenty of space for dancing nearby.
Should the weather fail to cooperate, the house can accommodate one hundred guests in the house and on our galleries. Tents are available for rent as key design element of a garden party, or on contingent basis in the event of rain. Outdoor heaters are also available. Rental companies can recommend size and placement, and are among our Recommendations.