Bocage Plantation has undergone a rebirth.
DARROW – Bocage Plantation has undergone a rebirth.
Originally built in1801, the house has been completely restored by owner Marion Rundell, M.D. A pathologist from the Houston area, he has spent the last several months on the restoration project.
The four-bedroom, 7,400-square-foot mansion and its 110 acres of land sold at auction in December 2007 for $2,150,000.
Rundell gave a guided tour of the house Tuesday as part of a grand opening ceremony. He welcomed several guests to the property, where he chronicled the restoration.
The project was quite an undertaking. He pointed out that water issues caused a “vicious cycle” that slowed down the process.
Rundell still has a crew working on the property. The grounds, outer buildings and furnishings will be continually restored.
The plan is to create a destination for tourists and locals alike. Rundell will take bed-and-breakfast, small events and private tour reservations.
Situated on the Mississippi River between Houmas House and L’Hermitage, Bocage is steeped in history. The United States Department of the Interior lists Bocage on the National Register of Historic Places.
Rundell said he is still learning about the location’s history. He plans to work with anthropologists and archeologists to explore the grounds and try to dig up even more history.
Rundell noticed during the restoration process that the original house was probably situated farther back from the river. The original Creole cottage built in 1801 burned. The Greek Revival structure that currently stands on the property was designed by architect James Dakin, and built in 1837. Dakin also designed the old Louisiana State Capitol.
The original cottage was built by Marius Pons Bringier as a wedding gift for his daughter, Francoise. Fanny, as she was called, married a French refugee named Christophe Colomb, who was a direct descendant of Christopher Columbus.
The mansion has been restored in the past. It was close to ruins when Dr. E.G. Kohlsdorf and his wife restored the house in 1941.
More information on Bocage can be found at www.lebocage.com