San Francisco Plantation House

  • Address: 2646 Hwy 44 (River Road)
  • Vicinity: 3 mi W of Reserve
  • Hours: Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, Mardi Gras Day and Easter Sunday
  • Phone: (985) 535-2341
  • Travel Genus: Sight , Visit
  • Sight Category: Museums
  • Activity Category: Tour
  • Available for private functions

The opulent San Francisco Plantation House is a galleried house in the Creole manner that has been pictured in American, British, and Swedish periodicals as one of the major sites of the New Orleans area. Constructed between 1849-50, the San Francisco Plantation House is one of the most ornate of Louisiana's plantation houses. San Francisco, with its potpourri of architectural designs, its immense and ornate roof construction, and the paintings decorating the ceilings and door panels in the house's parlors, exemplifies the steamboat Gothic style. The exterior of the home resembles a layer cake, with a simple ground floor where brick columns support the gallery across the front and halfway back the sides. A double stairway leads from this gallery to the second floor gallery where fluted wood columns with cast-iron Corinthian capitals support an overhanging deck. The main living area is on the second floor instead of the ground level. The attic is a Victorian construction that gives the house a unique look with the hip roof pierced by tall dormers with diamond-paned, Tudor-arched windows. - NPS



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1827/00/00 Elisee Rillieux, a free man of color and vision, begins buying land and slaves to establish a sugar plantation in St John the Baptist Parish. Slavery In America
1830/00/00 Edmond Bozonier Marmillion and his partner Eugene Lartigue buy the Rillieux plantation for $100,000
1843/00/00 Edmond's wife Antoinette dies from tuberculosis, the disease kills 6 of her 8 children over a period of twenty years
1853/00/00 Edmond hires builders and buys twelve slaves to built a residence for his sons Valsin and Charles, construction finished in 1855
1856/00/00 Edmond Marmillion dies
1871/00/00 Valsin Marmillion dies of tuberculosis

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Particulars for San Francisco Plantation House:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Architectural Style Gothic Revival
Level of Significance National
Owner Private
Historic Use Single dwelling
Architectural Style Steamboat Gothic

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 74002186
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: Gothic, Other
Attribute: steamboat Gothic
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1850-1874, 1825-1849
Significant Year: 1849, 1850
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-Function: Single dwelling
Current Function: Recreation and Culture, Domestic
Current Sub-Function: Museum Single dwelling

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Activity Category Tour

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