It is slate-gray, built in the neoclassical style and adorned with the letter "B" above the front entrance. 

It has stood in a corner of Metairie Cemetery, visible from a nearby roadway, for the past couple of years, hinting at who might eventually be interred there. 

But Tom Benson's final resting place was not definitely revealed until Tuesday, five days after the owner of the Saints and Pelicans passed away. 

After groundskeepers had arranged fresh flowers out front, a piece of blue tape appeared next to the glass entrance doors, labeled simply, "Benson, Tom." 

The tomb is situated near the intersection of the Pontchartrain Expressway and City Park Avenue, close to the statue of a Confederate soldier on horseback and the Moriarty obelisk, reputed to be the tallest privately owned monument in the country. 

+7 
032118 Benson mausoleum location.jpg

It appeared as early as 2016, with colorful flowers and well-kept landscaping and a stained-glass window depicting the Virgin Mary holding the infant Jesus on the rear wall. Large engraved crosses stand on either side of the front entrance. 

Benson's interment there will be closed to the public.  

His two-day visitation is set to begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Notre Dame Seminary, 2901 S. Carrollton Ave. The first day of visitation ends at 7 p.m. It will resume Thursday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

His funeral Mass is scheduled for Friday at noon at St. Louis Cathedral, with only invited guests attending. WLAE-TV will televise the service live.

The religious imagery at his tomb was in keeping with Benson's prominent Catholic faith. He and his wife, Gayle Benson, received the highest papal award a Catholic layperson can receive from Pope Benedict XVI in 2012, thanks to his philanthropy in support of Catholic organizations. 

Gayle Benson now leads the business empire that had been headed by her husband.

Many prominent New Orleanians are buried at Metairie Cemetery, which is run by Lake Lawn Funeral Home.

They include Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard, Popeyes founder Al Copeland, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee, Ochsner Health System co-founder Dr. Alton Ochsner, Hall of Fame baseball player Mel Ott, musician Louis Prima, Louisiana's first American governor, William Claiborne, and Mayor Chep Morrison. 

Staff writer Chad Calder contributed to this report. 

Follow Ramon Antonio Vargas on Twitter, @RVargasAdvocate.

(504) 636-7433