Homebuilder Larry Jordan is somewhat of a history buff, and nowhere is that more evident than in his personal home, a timeless “Carolina I” style residence at 1861 Old Plantation Lane. The home is filled with antique materials salvaged from historic sites, meaning there’s not another home like it in Baton Rouge.
Flooring in the home is heavy antique longleaf pine in varying widths, salvaged from the Cabildo in New Orleans’ Jackson Square. Bricks for the home’s fireplaces and some of the floors are handmade, salvaged from the Rosalie Plantation home in Natchez, Miss.
When Jordan puts features and details into his own home, “They’re not in any other house in Baton Rouge,” said Marge Mackey, the C.J. Brown agent marketing the home.
The home is constructed in a “Carolina I” style, which has brick fireplaces and chimneys at either end, Mackey said. Massive antique beams are used inside, and all the interior wood and bricks make the home super warm and inviting.
A brick sidewalk winds its way from the driveway up to the elevated front porch. Six steps up, there are four tall “pass-through” windows that stretch from floor to ceiling along the front porch. They’re named “pass-through,” Mackey said, because when the weather is warm, the windows can be raised to allow breezes inside and to allow people to pass through them out onto the shady porch.
Inside the foyer, a sea of the antique longleaf pine floors from the Cabildo stretches into the living room, while a custom extra-wide cypress staircase heads up the right-side wall. The first of the two Carolina-style fireplaces is here on the living room’s left wall. This is not some faux-stone insert, but a real handmade brick fireplace.
The other one is to the right of the foyer in the kitchen. I love fireplaces in or near the kitchen; they just make the area seem cozy, warm and comfortable. The living room has two of the wavy-glass, pass-through windows to the porch, and the keeping room has the other two.
A wide cased opening with folding doors leads into the large formal dining hall, which has more wavy-glass windows and more of the exquisite pine floors.
An intimate sitting room in the master suite has more windows and an exit to the back porch. The bedroom here is a private retreat with corner windows to the back yard. The master bath is like two baths in one. The first side has a 6-foot whirlpool tub and a marble vanity while the other side has a walk-in shower and a furniture-style vanity. Two walk-in closets provide plenty of space, and the master bath connects conveniently to the home’s laundry.
Meanwhile, a breezeway with a big picture window leads to an office near the exit to the home’s two-car garage. More of the Cabildo’s pine floors found its way into this nice home office. Up the custom cypress stairway, three bedrooms are serviced by two full baths.
Jordan put lots of extras into this home. Light-switched doors are on most closets, and receptacles are installed in tall crowned baseboards, a rare feature today which requires much more carpentry work. Interior doors have antique hardware, located down low for an authentic look. Outside, the roof has slate ridge caps.
The wide back porch overlooks a fenced back yard, shaded by a huge oak tree. A detached workshop out here could be updated and used as a small guest cottage.
About this Home
1861 Old Plantation Lane
105 x 175 feet
4,123 square feet
Four full, one partial
C.J. Brown Realtors