The Dansereau House is nestled in the historic section of downtown Thibodaux, Louisiana. The view from the fifth-story cupola includes retail shops, a variety of restaurants, local businesses, and other historic residences. It is from this cupola that, back in the later 1800’s, Dr. Dansereau would scan the city in the evening. Lighted signals in the windows below indicated an ill patient who required their services.
The Dansereau House was built in 1847 as a one-story building with a central hall plan. The original owner, James Scuddy, purchased the land from the city of Thibodaux’s founder, Henry Schyler Thibodaux. Francois Philip Dansereau, originally from Canada, purchased the home from Scuddy’s widow in 1852 at a sheriff’s sale. After the civil war, the Dansereau Family commissioned Henri Thiberg, who was in prison at the time, to design the building as it is today, adding two upper floors, a two-tiered gallery, an attic, and the cupola.
Mrs. Jane Naquin, who still resides down the street, remembers going to Dr. Dansereau’s office as a child. At that time, she said, the main hall floors were dirt. Horse and buggies carrying the sick patients, entered through the front door area, dropped off the patient for treatment in the adjoining rooms, and exited through the rear of the building.
Members of the Dansereau Family practiced medicine in the house until the early 1940’s. It is reported that the first cataract surgery in the United States was performed there. In 1947 it was purchased by Mr. V.L. Caldwell and family. The Caldwells again renovated the house, and later initiated the process of listing it on the National Historic Register in 1978. The Caldwell’s lived there until their deaths. Because of their lengthy ownership, the house is sometimes known as the Caldwell House.
Then in 1996, the house was purchased by a group of investors and opened as The Dansereau House Restaurant and Inn. The house was brought to life, hosting weddings and special events in its historic atmosphere.
Purchased again by a local businessman in 2003, extensive renovation began on the third floor, as well as the rest of the house. The third floor was remodeled into a palatial set of suites. The house remained as a single residence until 2009 when State Representative Damon Baldone purchased it at auction with the intent to open the house back up to the public as a Bed & Breakfast and special events venue.
Once again the cupola is lit, the house is glowing, and innkeepers Gail Dubis and Cheryl Breaud are ready to serve you with true Southern Hospitality.
The Caldwell Suite – The Caldwell Suite is named after the third family to own the house, purchased by the V.L. Caldwell family in 1947. Decorated in rich tones of Wedgwood blue, the room is calming and restful. The balcony overlooks the side gardens, full of Crepe Myrtles and Sweet Olives, and can be accessed by the uniquely designed windows. Also known as the Blue Room, the Caldwell has a private bath with shower, King bed, cable TV, and wireless Internet. (Room Rates: $150 – Weekdays, $200 – Weekends)
The Rose Suite – The Rose Suite, La Chambre Rose, is a comfortable room tucked in the northwest corner of the house. Decorated with a floral theme, the Rose Suite has a private bath with tub, Olympic Queen bed, cable TV, and wireless Internet. A private door gives access to the balcony overlooking the back garden. (Room Rates: $140 – Weekdays, $190 – Weekends)
The Evangeline Suite – Evangeline, or the Yellow Room, is a quiet suite in the southwest corner of the house that glows with the afternoon sun. It has its own private bath with tub, Queen bed, cable TV, and wireless Internet. A private door gives access to the balcony overlooking the back and side gardens. (Room Rates: $140 – Weekdays, $190 – Weekends)
The Dansereau Suite – Also known as ‘The Green Room,’ the Dansereau Suite is spacious and bright. Located in the northeast corner of the house, both large windows allow soft light to fill the room, and their unique design allows access to the balcony. The balcony overlooks the splendid, large Oak tree in the front corner of the house. The Dansereau Suite has a private bath with tub, king bed, cable TV, and wireless Internet. (Room Rates: $150 – Weekdays, $200 – Weekends)
The Governor’s Suite – If you are looking for luxury, peaceful seclusion, and true pampering, make your reservations for the Governor’s Suite. Over a thousand square feet of spacious, palatial beauty, the Governor’s Suite is decorated in crimson and gold. Sink your feet into the plush carpet, enjoy the gaming table, or simply read in front of the fireplace. Relax in the whirlpool tub then curl up in the King bed. The room is equipped with cable TV and wireless Internet. Perfect for honeymoons, anniversary celebrations, or accommodations for important business clients, the Governor’s Suite will exceed your expectations. (Room Rates: $400 per night – Weekdays, $500 per night – Weekends)
The Governor’s Family Suite – Are you looking for a luxurious suite to accommodate a few more family members, or to have a girl’s get-away or other small over-night event? Then you may be interested in booking the Governor’s Family Suite, which is tucked up on the North side of the third floor. Decorated in the same sumptuous crimson and gold as the Governor’s Suite on the opposite side of the floor, The Family Suite boasts two beautiful bedrooms with a connecting bathroom. The 1,200 square foot suite is equipped with one King bed and two Full beds, along with cable television, wireless internet, and a fireplace.(Room Rates: $400 per night – Weekdays, $500 per night – Weekends)
All six rooms can also be rented. Please get in touch with our Innkeepers for all the details.