History of the Beauregard-Keyes House

Joseph LeCarpentier and Paul Morphy

This house was built by auctioneer Joseph LeCarpentier. He built this house as a home for his family in 1826; the nuns of the Old Ursuline Convent located across the street owned the property until 1825 and at this time sold several pieces of land. LeCarpentier purchased four lots to build his home. His grandson, famous chess player Paul Morphy, was born here, and his fans often visit the house.

General P.T.G. Beauregard and Frances Parkinson Keyes

This house is also known as the Beauregard-Keyes house after two of its distinguished residents, Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard and Frances Parkinson Keyes. After his defeat in the Civil War, Confederate General Beauregard spent several desolate years here between 1866 and 1867. Author Frances Parkinson Wheeler, later Frances Parkinson Keyes, lived here until the 1970s writing books and restoring the house. Her first book was Crescent Carnival, but her most successful novel was the murder mystery, Dinner at Antoine’s. She also wrote a fictionalized account of Paul Morphy’s life in her 1960 book, The Chess Players.

This home is open to the public. On the upriver side of this home you can see a beautiful garden through open gates.

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