Actually named “Lakeview,” the 14-room mansion was constructed by a French immigrant named Benjamin Biszant in 1897 for his English wife. A moat was dug around the perimeter of the property on the Mississippi floodplain. Dirt from the moat was used to make a low hill for the house to sit on.
The site is located off Poag Road along the same set of railroad tracks that carry Amtrak trains into St. Louis. It is considerably overgrown so the best time to visit is in the late fall, winter or early spring.
I doubt the water is very deep but there aren’t too many places where you can cross the moat.
Pretty much the only thing left at the site is what was made out of cement. A few walls, wells and walkways still exist but not much else. The biggest remaining construction is the water tank, which was designed to look like a gazebo.
Another gazebo is located along the moat on a small island. A cement walkway had to be crossed to get to it. Although the gazebo is still here, the pond has dried up.
There are several wells on the property but most have wood and other junk in them as well as water.
A few cement bridges are all that's left of a walking path which crossed a small stream.
A cement dog still waits for an owner who will never return,,,,,,,,