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Burning down the house

Built in the 1850’s, the Lebeau Plantation was once the largest plantation south of New Orleans. It survived the Civil War, the Great Depression, two world wars and Hurricane Katrina. Located in the New Orleans suburb of Arabi, in its lifetime it has served as a ahome, hotel, casino and Sugar Festival grounds. The two-story Greek Revival mansion reportedly had 16 rooms — eight on each floor — separated by a grand hallway that was 13 feet wide and 40 feet long, Hyland said. A spiral staircase was located on the outside of the home…

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