Landmark status sought for Longwood Plantation in BR

The East Baton Rouge Parish Historic Preservation Commission has recommended that Longwood Plantation receive protection as a local historic landmark.

The seven-member commission voted Wednesday on the proposed designation. The full Metro Council is expected to vote on the commission’s proposal at its April 17 meeting.

The circa 1845, two-story structure was previously listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 and is one of a handful of Greek Revival homes in East Baton Rouge Parish, according to a commission news release.

Longwood is owned by Pinnacle Entertainment. The property is just south of the company’s L’Auberge Casino on River Road.

If Longwood is designated a local historic landmark, Pinnacle would have to get approval from the commission for any major changes, including demolition or relocation, Carolyn Bennett, chairwoman of the commission, said Thursday afternoon.

Also, Longwood would become eligible for state and federal historic preservation tax credits, she said.

Because the L’Auberge complex was built near the Mississippi River, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits were required and that federal oversight called for Longwood Plantation to be nominated for a local historic landmark designation, wetlands consultant Scott Nesbit said Thursday.

The local historic landmark application was presented to commissioners by Nesbit and David Floyd, director of the LSU Rural Life Museum, both working in agreement and under contract with Pinnacle.