Devil's Mansion Site

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Although what stands on this site now is a hotel, it was once owned by the devil, according to popular legend. Folks say the elaborate mansion that once stood here suddenly appeared overnight, and made little sense in its architecture, with rooms that filled entire floors and staircases that went willy-nilly in random directions. The house was said to be built by the devil for his mistress, Madeline Freneau. But Freneau unwisely took another lover named Alcide Cancienne. The devil appeared one day as the couple were dining and offered Alcide his mistress and $1000 if they would wed and take the name Mr. and Mrs. L. When Alcide turned down the offer and rejected Madeline, she immediately killed Alcide in rage, and the devil ate them both. Afterward, the mansion stood empty for years, and the few families who attempted to live here afterward experienced terrifying hauntings that replayed the gory dinner scene. Alcide’s and Madeline’s phantoms also were witnessed, and the devil’s image was said to be imprinted on the outside of the mansion, his mouth dripping blood. The mansion was demolished in the 1930s.

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Geographic Information

1319 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA
United States

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29.9401563, -90.07491720000002
Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Nearest Towns:
New Orleans, LA (1.0 mi.)
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Westwego, LA (4.7 mi.)
Jefferson, LA (5.0 mi.)
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