The LeBeau Plantation,was once the largest plantation south of New Orleans.
Francis Barthelemy LeBeau acquired the property in 1850 and built this grand mansion in the Greek Revival Style around 1854. Unfortunately, LeBeau did not live to enjoy his accomplishment, as he died not long after his house was finished.
The house has also served as a hotel, a brick factory and an illegal casino over the years.
The Greek Revival-style house was built using brick-between-posts construction. It has 16 rooms, an attic and an octagonal cupola but only one interior stairway.
“When New Orleans officials told Francois LeBeau he was going to be taxed on the number of interior stairwells in the house, he tore the inner ones out and built them on the outside,” Bulot said.
Gun turrets built into closets are a testament to the structure’s days as the Jai Alai Casino in the early 1900s.
A 1986 fire destroyed much of the interior and most of the roof. The house has been uninhabited since then.
There has been talk of restoring this historic plantation to its former Glory, But so far i haven't seen any sign of it.
For years, residents living near the LeBeau Plantation in Arabi have reported seeing a mysterious light in the vacant house’s cupola.
For anyone interested here is a link about what happened when a man, his wife and his sister decided to pay this abandoned plantation an after midnight visit and the spirits they encountered there. [link]