Bertrand built a five bedroom two bath house on four acres edging the park in 1909. Ten years later Texas oil millionaire
William Harding McFadden bought, remodeled, and greatly enlarged it to use as second home while he and his wife visited New
Orleans for the Carnival Season, the racing season, and Sugar Bowl games. The mansion contained 11 bedrooms, 11 baths, a ballroom,
trophy room, and drawing rooms. On one side of the house was a sunken garden, on the other an oriental garden. On the property
was a lovers lane featuring an iron arbor, bamboo canes, roses and wisterias. A large marble-lined indoor swimming pool was
surrounded by lush plantings. This would become Christian Brothers School.