The House of Broel is a Victorian mansion that serves as a wedding chapel and a dollhouse museum. It is considered to be a significant architectural masterpiece with an impressive feat of engineering. The original 2-story home that was constructed in 1850 was lifted in 1884 by Wm. Renaud. He added the magnificent 1st floor so that it can provide a spacious setting for family weddings, receptions, and parties.
The mansion boasts of crystal chandeliers, marble fireplaces, exquisite antiques, and lush gardens that provide visitors an ambiance that lives up to the city of Mardi Gras. On the second floor, visitors will be able to see an extensive dollhouse collection personally designed and decorated by its owner, author and Polish Countess, Bonnie Broel, in a 15-year process. This collection boasts of more than 60 historically accurate scale model mansions, houses, shops, and vignettes that include and English manor house, an antebellum plantation as well as a 28-room Russian palace.
The House of Broel has become a popular tourist attraction because of its convenient location in the Garden District.