The house where Sally Field and her family lived in the 1989 movie Steel Magnolias is now a Bed & Breakfast in Natchitoches, Louisiana. It was built before the Civil War in the 1830s and sits along the Cane River.
It just went on the market for $1.175 million, so let’s compare how it looked in the movie to how it looks today!
I don’t know about you, but this is one movie I can’t get through without going through half a box of Kleenex. I just watched it again (it’s streaming on Netflix right now, btw), and bawled my eyes out.
Here’s how the front of the house looked in the movie, as the town was seeing the bride and groom off on their honeymoon:
The house has 6 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, and 6,000 square feet.
According to IMDb.com, two houses were used, but most of the scenes look like they came from this house to me:
M’Lynn’s home is actually two different houses. The Cook-Taylor House, owned by the Henry Taylor family and now a Bed and Breakfast in Natchitoches, was used for the outside front of the house, and most of the scenes inside the home and in the back yard. It is on Front Street by the river and can be easily located, as it is now known as “The Steel Magnolias Bed and Breakfast.” During filming, the Taylors moved out and rented an apartment.
We don’t see a lot of the older, more formal rooms of the house in the movie, but Shelby and M’Lynn pass through them the morning of the wedding and we get glimpses like this:
And we see M’Lynn walk past the more formal staircase at the front of the house:
You can see that staircase in this photo from the listing:
Most of the rooms in the film are in what appears to be a newer addition in the back of the house, with lots of brick walls.
The staircase shown in the listing:
M’Lynn in the brick archway that leads to the kitchen:
In the listing:
Sally Field and Julia Roberts in the kitchen:
As you can see, little has been changed since then–including that giant light fixture over the island:
Rumor has it that Meg Ryan was initially cast as Shelby, but the producers let her out of it to play Sally in When Harry Met Sally.
The movie is based on a true story. Robert Harling wrote it about the last three years of his sister Susan’s life.
We saw them gathering in the family room a lot:
The eating area off the kitchen was a lot more floral then:
Here’s how it looks today:
Shelby had a pink-striped bedroom in the movie:
It still looks the same:
Shelby liked pink. Remember her pink wedding? Always makes me laugh when they open the church doors and you see it (gotta love the ’80s):
Love the old green-tiled fireplace in the bedroom:
The B&B calls this The Jackson Room:
It has the window that Jackson (Dylan McDermott) climbed through to see Shelby before the wedding:
The striped curtains are still there!
He found her taking a bath in the pink tub:
Here it is in the listing:
Shirley MacLaine and Olympia Dukakis (Ouiser and Clairee) walked through the backyard after Shelby’s funeral:
If you look closely, you can see the fountain is still behind the house:
For more photos and information, check the listing with Andy Osborn of Coldwell Banker. You can also visit the B&B website for room rates and availability. (Thanks to Elizabeth for the tip!)
P.S. Looking for house photos from your favorite movies? Check out my Movie Houses page to see a list of all the ones I’ve featured so far in alphabetical order.