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begins with two 1776 Spanish land grants, explores 19th century plantation life, and ultimately leads to its purchase by fashion icon Henri Bendel. In 1950, the Bendel Estate became one of Lafayette's most distinctive subdivisions, modeled after Houston's famous River Oaks Community.  Using church and family records, donations and deeds, and personal interviews, resident/author Jeanette Parker corrects common misconceptions and shares authentic, seldom-told stories culminating with a picture of life in Bendel Gardens today. A great read for history buffs of all ages!

The History of Bendel Gardens