Algiers Plantation Home Repurposed

Posted on: June 13, 2017 | Posted in: Architecture

LeBeuf Plantation as it was formerly known is now called "Quarters A." This French Creole style estate is one of the few remaining plantation homes in New Orleans! Most of the original houses built on long plots of land known as plantations (or farms) were fatal victims of urbanization. "Quarters A" is situated on the Westbank of New Orleans in one of the city's oldest neighborhoods - Algiers. Built in 1840, this historic structure has survived hurricanes, termites, the Civil War, even a cannon ball hit!  In 1903 the U.S. Navy took control of the house after its last owner committed suicide. It's said that the ghost of its previous owner haunts the property. But every historic home needs a good ghost story! Under military ownership it served as a New Deal schoolhouse and later as barracks for the Coast Guard. Starting in 1943, the home was used to house high ranking Navy and Marine Corps officers and their families. It is still used as a transient home for such military leaders today, and they couldn't be better custodians!  In 1993 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places and shortly after Hurricane Katrina, the house underwent a $1.6 million renovation, the first since the 1940s! It's hard to imagine this home costing a mere $3500 to construct back in 1840!