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Built in 1895

House History

The Salmen-Fritchie House is included on the National Register of Historic Places.  In 1922, the 3.5 acre estate hosted the nationally acclaimed "wedding of the century" uniting Fritz's daughter Ellarose Salmen with Colonel W.H. Sullivan.  The wedding, attended by more than 4,000 guests, garnered national media attention.

Later, the estate became the home of Fritz Salmen's descendant, the former Slidell Mayor Homer Fritchie, Sr.  Mayor Fritchie often entertained politicians and dignitaries, such as Governor Huey P. Long at the house.  Governor Long visited many times and joined the mayor for dinner and fine cigars in the rear dining room, now affectionately referred to as the Huey P. Long Room.

In the early 1990s, his son Homer Fritchie, Jr. along with his wife Sharon restored the home to its original grandeur.  For nine years, they operated the 6,500 square foot mansion as a lovely bed and breakfast furnished with exquisite antiques, which was featured in Chef John Folse's Taste of Louisiana series on PBS in 1999.

In 2002, the Patton Family purchased the mansion.  Since Oliver and Shirley Patton had began a tradition of catering more than 50 years ago, the Patton Family has maintained a commitment to excellence in the capable hands of their children: Gail, Pat, Tommy, Timmy and Terry. 

They welcome the opportunity to be a part of YOUR history by hosting your special occasions and your most important business functions. Please contact Patton's for more information.

Fritz Salmen

Built in 1895 by Fritz Salmen, one of the founders of Slidell, the Salmen-Fritchie House is a true Northshore treasure.