Suzanne Turner Associates

Live Oak Plantation

One of the earliest plantation homes in the Felicianas, Live Oak is located north of St. Francisville, Louisiana, on a high bluff overlooking Little Bayou Sara.  The property was purchased by the owners as a weekend retreat from their busy, modern lives in Baton Rouge, some forty miles away. The home has also served as the setting for many milestone family events, such as weddings and anniversaries, as well as holiday parties, and house parties for family members and their friends.  The plan adapts the historic setting to the needs of modern life while downplaying the impact of the automobile. A broad oval entry drive connects the ancient allée of live oaks to the house while moving parking out of its viewshed. Brick walks and terraces surround the house, creating outdoor spaces for meals and celebrations. A stepped brick wall on the south side of the house encloses the plan’s principal outdoor room-a white garden, intended to be enjoyed particularly in the winter and early spring, with lines of Savannah holly leading to a white pergola draped with white wisteria.  Plantings are primarily those popular during the period of the house (first half of the 19th century), and natives transplanted from the surrounding woodlands.