Kearny-Spedale House | c. 1903 | Plaquemine, LA
(All images are courtesy of Homestead Realty)
This incredible house is a jaw-dropper, but its story is just as incredible as its appearance. Known locally as “the house that took a ride down the river,” it has been a showpiece of the Louisiana town where it stands since it was first built. And if you’re in the market for a remarkable historic home that needs some TLC, then this Grand Dame in Louisiana might be for you!
Construction began on this home in 1896 by Dr. F.J. Kearney as a wedding gift for his daughter, made of native cypress wood in Plaquemine’s heyday as a cypress milling town . Completed 7 years later in 1903, the home was so impressive that It was invited to be featured in The World’s Fair. So, in 1904, the house was rolled to the Mississippi River and loaded onto a barge where it was shipped to St Louis. After its time on display there, the house was again loaded by barge and shipped back down to Plaquemine Louisiana to be reassembled where it originally stood.
In 1936, the house was sold to Dr. and Mrs. Spedale, a prominent local physician and his wife. The two Became widely known for their elegant dinner and garden parties that they would host at this home. In fact, to better suit their frequent guests, the Spedale’s extended the home to add additional entertaining space and a permanent valet stand where arriving guests would be greeted.
According to locals from that time, the interior of the home was immaculately kept and adorned with a renowned antique collection from all over the world. In fact, in 2014, there was an auction showcasing many of the late Mrs. Spedale’s antiques from the home.
Today, the house is for sale and ready for a new owner to bring her back to her former glory, but it will take an ambitious old house lover to tackle the project.
Some of its most interesting features are the wrap-around porches on both levels, the impressive staircase, Built-in units, many of its original fixtures, and incredible natural light.
- 23915 Eden Street Plaquemine, LA 70764
- 0.94 Acres
- 5,191 Square Feet
- 5 Bedrooms/4 Full Baths/2 Half Baths
- Asking: $245,000
- MLS #: 2021012425
- For Sale by Homestead Realty, Charley Robinson 225-238-5089