Auld Sweet Olive is a Victorian-Style house originally owned by a French Creole family. It has gone through several renovations and expansions since it was originally built, and has served many purposes having been used as a private residence, a boarding house during WWII, a school, and finally a Bed and Breakfast starting in the 1990s.
Sweet Olive was purchased, restored, and renamed by local artist Stuart Auld and his partner Danny in 1995. Three years later, after extensive renovations as well as the fulfillment of Stuart’s grand artistic vision, the house was open for business. Guests were finally able to marvel at the painstaking attention to detail that Stuart put into his project. Every room was hand-frescoed and named after a particular native Louisiana tree, creating the sense of not only walking into a welcoming home, but also an immersive work of art.
The Bed and Breakfast has had two subsequent owners, but was purchased in May 2021 by Carl Mickman in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic. As an ER doctor, Carl had no experience whatsoever in hospitality. However, he fell in love not only with the beauty of the house, but with the idea of curating an authentic experience for others, that they could become entranced by the magic of New Orleans the same way he was when he first moved to the city after Hurricane Katrina.