Lanaux Mansion History
If you are fascinated by history with a touch of the romantic, you will appreciate this mansion’s past. The Lanaux Mansion has an intriguing story beginning with original owner, attorney Charles Andrew Johnson. A gentleman bachelor with dreams of a beautiful home and family, he built his glorious 11,000 square foot mansion. However, the goal of having a family with which to share his large and lovely home was never realized by this very private man. Although he lived alone until his death, Mr. Johnson was known to have hobnobbed with Confederate General Robert E. Lee and other prominent men of the time. Mr. Johnson bequeathed his mansion to the woman he purportedly loved in silence, his partner’s daughter, Marie Andry Lanaux. In the late 1980s Ruth Bodenheimer began her painstaking restoration of this pristine building. Ms. Bodenheimer has lovingly restored her home to its original state. The guest rooms are graced with vintage Johnson; his furniture, artworks, books, and mementos are displayed throughout.