For the renovation, the first priorities were to add an elevator and remodel a bathroom to switch out a tub for a shower. A wine cellar, disguised behind an antique stained-glass window, would be another project, and eventually the third floor would be turned into a large closet, bathroom and a gift-wrapping area.Are they sure they are finished renovating? Because they can have this back if they can make room for it back by the pool maybe.
In the backyard, shaded by the leafy, 160-foot spread of a more-than-300-year-old oak tree, the couple added a swimming pool, a cabana, a slate patio and landscaping.
The outdoor area and the first-floor formal rooms provide plenty of space for the couple's parties, which often revolve around Gayle Benson's philanthropic activities, among them an effort to raise money to renovate the Notre Dame Seminary. (She's also co-chairwoman of the New Orleans Museum of Art Odyssey Ball, scheduled for Nov. 7 at the museum, and chairwoman of the Ochsner Cancer Institute's Moonlight & Miracles Gala Nov. 17 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.)
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Tom Benson's gigantic house on Audubon Place
Your tax dollars at work.