Eighteen years after it began, the labor of love that is Belle Alliance is complete. Nearly 10,000 square feet of living area in the Greek Revival style home have been lovingly and meticulously renovated, with the majority staying true to the original home that was built circa 1846. History, elegance and function blend today into a golden opportunity for the buyer of Belle Alliance.
Belle Alliance is located at 7254 S. La. Hwy. 308 in Donaldsonville. With two dozen century-old live oaks standing guard around the 10.5-acre property on the east bank of Bayou Lafourche, Belle Alliance today is the product of more than eight years work by Bryce Reveley and Alan Caspi of New Orleans. More than 160 contractors and subcontractors worked on the house during that time.
“The whole place was a total wreck,” Caspi smiled during a recent tour of the home. “We started the renovations in 2000. It became livable in 2008. We’ve been maintaining it ever since.”
A brief history of Belle Alliance Plantation shows it was built by Charles “Carl” Anton Kock, a German immigrant in 1846. Architect Henry Howard was commissioned to design the house. Kock’s son, James, hired Architect Paul Andry to design an addition to the rear of the home in 1889. In 1915, the last son in the family died and Belle Alliance was lost, according to a history of the property. The property was the site of Civil War skirmishes, there was a field hospital outside the home and Belle Alliance’s first floor was used as an infirmary for confederate soldiers.
Today, the four main downstairs rooms – the parlor, the Library, the man’s bedroom and the music room – have been restored to their original condition, historically accurate for the period between 1850 and 1900.
The home’s main floor is its second level, accessible by 18 wide steps up from the circle driveway in front. The 14-foot-wide front porch wraps around three sides of the home. This porch and others in back make up 5,000 square feet of covered porches that overlook the pristine grounds. The first floor is a collection of rooms that could be converted into bedrooms.
Belle Alliance has 25 rooms and 18 fireplaces, with period style custom lighting, original millwork, medallions and moldings throughout. In all, the home has 15,222 square feet under its slate roof.
Original heart pine floors have been cleaned and finished impeccably. Ceilings are 14 feet and the original solid interior doors are 10 feet.
The 1889 addition added the home’s ballroom, kitchen, a living area and the master suite, which today has a modern master bath with a whirlpool tub and walk-in shower with multiple water sources. The ballroom is a magnificent formal dining hall with a 10-foot fireplace.
Belle Alliance is faithful to the period, but contains modern conveniences of today, including a laundry and a catering kitchen that would delight any chef. Tall cypress cabinetry in the kitchen is exquisite, and there’s a massive 6-burner Wolf professional cooking system with a cooktop, griddle and double ovens.
The home has four zones of air conditioning, including a special climate control unit that is designed for historic homes to prevent mold and mustiness.
Possible uses for this home include a private residence, a bed & breakfast, a corporate retreat, a wedding or event venue, a restaurant or a hunting or fishing lodge. There is also a greenhouse on the property, as well as three other ancillary buildings.
About Belle Alliance
7254 S. La. Hwy. 308, Donaldsonville
9,827 square feet
Four full, one partial
Chelsea Meng, C.J. Brown Realtors
Liz Tardo, Keller Williams Realty
337-849-5121 or 504-723-4011