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White Arches, And The End Of LeBeau Plantation

Monday, November 25, 2013

White Arches, Columbus MS

In 2007, the Commercial Appeal in Memphis wrote about this gorgeous ca. 1857 'Columbus Eclectic' (because it has Italianate, Gothic, and Greek Revival elements) 8000 sq ft home that's now furnished with many John Henry Belter pieces:

As a founder and co-owner of Crye-Leike Realtors, Dick Leike is used to seeing "For Sale" signs in yards.

But there was no sign in the front yard of White Arches, a majestic 1857 home in Columbus, Miss., when Dick and his wife, Jo Anne, first saw it five years ago.

"People in this town love these homes so much when they do put them up for sale they don't put signs in the yard," Jo Anne said. "If they really like you, they might sell you their house."

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This NYT article from 1998 goes into the state of the house at that time, and goes on to mention Mallard beds (we should all sleep in a Mallard bed at least once, right?).  For a time, it was a BandB with five rooms.

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Another historic Columbus home, the 1837 Temple Heights, is on the market right now at $782k.  It is *gorgeous* and has a punkah (if you like those too, take a look at the punkah George Washington had in his study at Mt Vernon -- he could operate it himself, with pedals) which some people simply call a 'shoofly fan' and an electric version, not particularly 1830s-ish, can be purchased here.

Also on the market:
ca 1840 Weatherbee in Byram, MS
ca 1840 Cedar Grove (Cedar Grove Inn) in Vicksburg MS
ca 1860 Kenworthy Hall in Marion AL -- the Richard Upjohn Italianate

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And the large, unrestored LeBeau Plantation home in St. Bernard Parish was set ablaze this month, and is a total loss.  It was once the largest plantation south of New Orleans.  It now looks as though this arson was the work of several 'thrill-seekers'.

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