Opposite the old Ursuline Convent on Chartres Street stands the Beauregard-Keyes House. The House is now owned by the Keyes Foundation, which was established by late resident Frances Parkinson Keyes, to ensure the preservation of the house and garden which she restored. Since the construction of the House in 1826, many different residents have contributed to the stories that make up the fabric of this unique historical site.
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The short film above was made by WYES Studios in honor of New Orleans's tricentennial in 2018 and is an excellent introduction to the home's nearly 200 year history.
Frances Parkinson Keyes, in the Author's Note of her book, Madame Castel's Lodger, gives her own account of how she became fortuitously involved with the Beauregard House.
“My original tenancy of Beauregard House was apparently a happy accident. I stumbled on it when I was searching for temporary headquarters and nothing seemed available. But I have long since ceased to believe that such occurrences are accidental; I am convinced that they are part of a pattern in which a power higher than ours has had a hand.”
With the help of architect Sam Wilson, Mrs. Keyes undertook the restoration of the house and established the Keyes Foundation which has maintained the house as a museum since her death in 1970.