In 1853, one year after Nicholas Benachi purchased an existing house on this enormous lot, his wife and two of his children died of yellow fever. A few years later, Benachi married Anna Marie Bidault and replaced the old house with this tall, handsome Greek Revival residence built of wood. The house features a two-story gallery supported on slender paired piers, a plain entablature, two dormers, and a central-hall plan. A detached two-story service building has a two-story gallery. The grounds, originally even bigger but reduced when Laharpe Street was cut through it on one side, is enclosed by a cast-iron fence with beautiful Gothic Revival paneled gateposts and a wide entrance gate in the shape of an ogee arch. Peter Torre bought the house in 1886; it is now a venue and event space.
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Benachi House and Gardens (Benachi-Torre House)
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