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Property Details: Belle Alliance Plantation     


Property Details: Belle Alliance Plantation
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Property Information
Belle Alliance Plantation
7254 S LA Hwy 308
Donaldsonville, LA
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Price: $2,450,000
Bedrooms: 10+
Bathrooms: 4.5
Square Feet: 9,827
Lot Description/Acreage:
10.5 acres with 21 live oak trees
Year Built:
1846
Architect/Builder:
Henry Howard
Architectural Style:
Romantic
(c.1820-1880)
 
Contact Information
Name: Chelsea Meng
Agency: CJ Brown
Phone: 337-849-5121 or 504-723-4011
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Property History
In 1846 Charles Kock, contracted renowned architect, Henry Howard to design Belle Alliance. Literally meaning “Beautiful Marriage”, Belle Alliance was the combining of 3 smaller plantations into what it is today. The Greek Revival front portion dates to 1846 with an addition built in 1889 by Kock’s son, James and designed by world renowned architect, Paul Andry.
In 1915, the last son of the Kock family descendants died and Belle Alliance was lost. Like the economies of other Louisiana sugar parishes, that of Assumption Parish boomed in the thirty years prior to the Civil War. However, ofthe 45 large plantations in Assumption Parish, only 2 remain today, Belle Alliance and Madewood.

During the Civil war, Belle Alliance was used as an infirmary for Confederate soldiers and remained in the Kock family until 1915. By 1926 C. Stewart Churchill managed the property and his family and heirs remained there until 1985. Owners, Alan and Bryce, have been restoring Belle Alliance Plantation to it’s original beauty for over 9 years. Through the course of the renovation, they utilized renovation and restoration specialists, architects, landscape architects, designers, and color specialists, as well as 39 lighting specialists. Through their labor of love this New Orleans couple brought back to life a plantation which was once the largest sugar cane plantation in the United States.
This stately Greek Revival home was built in 1846, by Henry Howard, with an addition in 1889 by Paul Andry and sits on 10.5 acres on the east bank of Bayou Lafourche. The 1889 renovation doubled the size of Belle Alliance and added the impressive plaster Italianate center hall arch, a 9 foot stained glass skylight, running water, 3 flushing toilets and a pump house that supplied acetylene power for the sconces and chandeliers.
The 17 cypress and marble fireplaces were all restored utilizing wood that is from the house itself as well as surrounding areas as were the custom kitchen cypress cabinets. The only original piece of furniture that was salvageable in the home, a pie safe, has been repurposed into the island in the kitchen. Also original to the home is the South African mahogany fireplace and Mantle that is the centerpiece in the magnificent blue ball room, custom designed by Louis Aubert. The custom gold ceilings in the ballroom, restored by the late Nell Fetzer, are beautifully set in coved ceilings. The blue ballroom has been the setting for numerous wedding ceremonies and period soirees and lectures.
The Greek Revival Architecture is prominent in the six great square columns extending directly from the ground and continue to the entablature. Large, adorned cast-iron bolts connect the veranda to each column. The house and columns are brick covered with stucco. Belle Alliance boasts 25 rooms, 18 fireplaces, 14 foot ceilings, period style custom lighting, original millwork, medallions, moldings, and furnishings throughout.
The main floor and lower living area are approximately 10,000 square feet with an additional 5000 square feet of gracious balconies and covered porches. The home is set behind double remote gates and a horse shoe drive. The surrounding century old oaks, with cascading Spanish moss, encase the once famous figure eight gardens.

The wide front staircase ascends to the first floor and center hall, which houses the main living area of the home. Heart pine flooring throughout the main floor of the home sets off the dramatic textiles and magnificent moldings that have been restored throughout the entirety ofthe home. The stunning foyer boasts an original wooden chandelier, Italianate archway, and 9 ft. stained glassed window that was added in the 1889 addition. The center hall sits amidst double parlors on either side and were part of the original 1846 Henry Howard home. On the left was the ladies parlor and bedroom, which are now the sitting and music rooms. On the right, the mens parlor is now the library and the man’s bedroom. The Ballroom, kitchen, living area, and master bedroom were all added in the 1889 expansion by architect Paul Andry.

The updated gourmet kitchen boasts custom cypress cabinets and stainless appliances, which marry well with the custom backsplash and counters made from stone reclaimed from a riverbed in South America.

Also on the main floor is the Master Suite, which includes a Study with a private balcony overlooking the gardens, walk-in closet and the Master Bath showcasing a whirlpool tub and custom Turkish tiles with a beautiful Moroccan Bronze chandelier.

 
Property Description
This is your chance to own a prominent piece of Louisiana's history. Belle Alliance Plantation, circa 1846, sits on 10.5 beautiful acres complete with 21 live oak trees, a green house, guest houses, a barn, and more. This estate has over 9,000 sqft. of living space and over 5,000 sqft of covered porches. It has been meticulously renovated and restored over the past 9 years by it's present owners and is truly one of a kind. The wide front staircase ascends to the first floor and center hall, which houses the main living area of the home. Heart pine flooring throughout the main floor of the home sets off the dramatic textiles and magnificent moldings that have been restored throughout the entirety of the home. The stunning foyer boasts an original wooden chandelier, Italianate archway, and 9 ft. stained glassed window that was added in the 1889 addition.The updated gourmet kitchen boasts custom cypress cabinets and stainless appliances, which marry well with the custom back splash and counters made from stone reclaimed from a riverbed in South America. There is so much that can be done with this Historic Estate. Please call us to schedule your private tour today.

 
Additional Notes
Owners had plans drawn by an landscape architect to transform the property into a dream event venue. Plans are available upon request. Home to be sold furnished at current price.

Last Updated: August 30, 2017
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