Collector and real estate broker Dorian Bennett has long been a devoted patron and supporter of the arts. He is classically trained in piano and he enjoys painting and pottery. Born and raised in Hammond, Louisiana, Bennett attended Tulane University and the College of William and Mary where he received dual degrees in Fine Art and Russian. Bennett has remained in New Orleans for the last twenty years where he successfully runs his own firm at Sotheby’s International Realty. Prior to opening his own practice, Bennett worked for several real estate agencies honing his skills and winning numerous awards. Through his work with the New Orleans Film Commission, Bennett’s name has been spread around the Hollywood community as a “Real Estate Agent to the Stars”. Notable clients include Lenny Kravitz, Taylor Hackford, Jimmy Buffett, Zachary Richard as well as The House of Blues.
Dorian's appreciation of architecture and preservation is not limited to his professional career. His residence in the “Bend of Bourbon Street” has a lot of history behind it. Built in 1825, it has been home to the son of Louisiana's first Governor Claiborne, and more recently, Clay Shaw of JFK conspiracy theory fame. It was also featured in the book House in the Bend of Bourbon, by Terry Fletrich. Bennett sits on the boards of several civic organizations, including New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, French Market Corporation, the Historic District Landmarks Commission, and Family Service of Greater New Orleans. Previously, Dorian was President of the Friends of Contemporary Art of the New Orleans Museum of Art, and sat on boards for the Contemporary Arts Center, the New Orleans Opera, and the New Orleans Museum of Art.