James G. Derbes and Jan W. Katz, Proprietors
The Benachi House & Gardens (BH&G) is an authentic, classic New Orleans setting for a wedding, reception or party - from elegant to trendy, crawfish boil to seated dinner. Available for a venue charge based on the date and number of guests, the house and gardens together will accommodate up to two-hundred and seventy-five persons, while a ceremony and party for up to sixty may occur indoors. Catering; equipment, including utensils, tables and chairs; and any special decorations, are the host's responsibility.
- Event charges from $1,200 - $2,750
- The freedom to do it your way
- Up to 60 guests for indoor ceremony, party or buffet
- Up to 275 guests for a garden party, or a ceremony and reception
- Convenient location with ample on-street parking
- Off-season and weekday discounts
- On Fridays and Sundays, 2 hour ceremony special $500
- Complimentary use of suite included
- Access on the morning of the event for preparation
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To host a BH&G event phone 1-800-308-7040; or e-mail for further information.
We provide a beautifully restored and furnished Greek Revival mansion and gardens, which include fountains, a gazebo, a newly-installed Beaux Arts pavilion and a large flagstone terrace to the rear, where our garden features 22 varieties of heritage roses. The house is fully restored and furnished with 19th Century American antiques. The spacious gardens, which embellish our park-like but private setting, is newly-landscaped with additional lighting and walkways. Our double parlors and dining room now feature fine examples of contemporary Southern art from Jan's private collection.
Event hosts may use the master bedroom and bath, at no additional charge, on the day and night of the event. Accommodations for additional nights are available for an extra charge. For evening affairs, we also provide a security guard.
On-street parking and access at our Esplanade Ridge location is convenient and ample for up to 200 guests. For larger groups, off-street parking is available nearby, for an additional charge.
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. You can find us easily: Location.
The common rooms of the house and its gardens are included for all events. We limit our rentals for larger events to one per weekend, with each limited to five hours' duration. We require that any amplified music be played in our rear patio and limited to a moderate volume; and that the bar close and the music end no later than 11:00 PM. Hosts have the entire day of the event for preparation and decoration on the premises.
On weekends, the house and grounds are available for weddings, receptions and parties for a charge that generally ranges from $1,200 to $2,750 depending on the season of the year and number of guests. We are primarily a garden venue, and our regular rates apply to events during Spring and Fall.
On Tuesdays through Thursdays throughout the year, and on the weekends from May 15 to September 15 and from December 1 to February 15, those regular rates are reduced by 20%. With the exception of the small ceremony specials, a five hour time limit applies to all events.
For a wedding ceremony without reception or followed only by light refreshments, and limited to 35 guests, the charge is $500, with 2 hours allowed for the event itself. Couples choosing this alternative usually adjourn with their guests to a local restaurant. We limit the advance booking for these ceremonies to Friday nights and Sunday afternoons, reserving Saturdays for larger events.
There is never an additional charge for the use of the house during preparation and decoration, nor for cleanup and removal of equipment.
In addition to the rental charge, we require a refundable security and damage deposit of $500.00, payable prior to the event date.
BH&G may be reserved with the signing of our rental agreement form, and the payment of a booking deposit of $500 to be applied to the rental charge.
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 the planner you may choose. 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. The back yard presents other possibilities. After dressing in the private suite, and as the guests wait in anticipation, the bridal couple and their entourage enter the ceremony setting from the house. Meanwhile the rear of the property has been readied for the reception. 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 in attendance.
Receptions and Parties
The rear patio and lawn offer private but generous surroundings for a party for up to 275 guests. The bar and food service are usually set up on the patio, with table seating there, and depending on the total number of guests, on the lawn. 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, BH&G 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.