Oak Alley (crs)
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Oak Alley Plantation is a historic plantation located on the Mississippi River in the community of Vacherie, Louisiana. It is protected as a National Historic Landmark. It is named after its distinguishing feature, an alley or canopied path created by a double row of live oaks about 800 feet (240 meters) long that was planted in the early 18th century, long before the present house was built. The alley runs between the house and the Mississippi River. The Bon Séjour ("good living") plantation, as it was originally named, was established to grow sugar cane. The present mansion was built by George Swainy between 1837 and 1839 for Jacques Telesphore Roman. Roman's father-in-law, Joseph Pilie, was an architect and probably designed the house. The design is Greek Revival architecture, with some facets of French Creole architecture, which was heavily influenced by Caribbean plantation architecture. The mansion has a square floor plan, organized around a central hall that runs from the front to the rear on both floors. The exterior features a free-standing colonnade of 28 Doric columns on all four sides, a common feature of antebellum mansions of the Mississippi Valley. The house has high ceilings, large windows, a symmetrical facade and interior plan, and a second-floor gallery for viewing the surroundings. The original flooring was marble (since replaced by hardwood flooring), the roof was slate, the exterior walls and columns were of brick painted white to resemble marble.
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