With nearly a year of construction under their tool belts, builders continue to chisel away at what has been deemed the largest residential property on the East Bank.
At a combined 34,986 square feet, two stories of dry wall and wooden and metal beams come together to create this plantation-style home constructed by evangelical Christian minister Jesse Duplantis.
“According to our database, which goes back all the way to 1982, there is no single-family home larger than the one under construction at the corner of Ormond Boulevard and River Road in Destrehan,” said Judy Caillouet, senior permit coordinator for the parish’s planning and zoning department.
The home consists of 22,039 square feet of living space in addition to 12,947 square feet of accessory areas such as outdoor patios and garages.
“The home consists of 25 rooms and two double-car garages,” added Caillouet.
The first floor of the home has two bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, a kitchen, a dining room, a breakfast room and a music parlor.
The second floor has four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, a fun room and a theater.
Duplantis first received attention in the Ormond subdivision when he constructed the Covenant Church, and the headquarters of Jesse Duplantis Ministries.
Like the new house, Duplantis’ church is also considered to be one of the largest commercial properties on the East Bank, trumping CVS Pharmacy and Winn-Dixie.
The original building permit for the house was filed in December 2007. Construction began in October 2008 by G & R Custom Homes of Metairie.