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Creole Houses: Traditional Homes of Old Louisiana Hardcover – April 1, 2007
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John H. Lawrence is director of museum programs for the Historic New Orleans Collection. He lives in New Orleans.
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It seems like the photographers really searched hard to find just the right houses to elucidate the Creole style. It is a house style that seems like one you would want to recreate and live in today
Lets hope these folks do more such volumes. My suggestion would be the 18th century Georgians of the Mid-Atlantic states.
The book studies one specific style of house, one that became unique due to its particular cross section of cultures and climates. Not only is the Acadian Creole style beautiful, it is unique to this part of the world. Many lovely examples remain for us to visit today.
This is a post-Katrina book, published in 2007, so the houses you see here survived the storm. Many of these houses are over 200 years old, so they've stood the tests of time and elements.
The photography here is outstanding, featuring a nice mix of exterior and interior shots. The book is actually a catalog of sites, featuring about 20 of the best known landmarks from New Orleans to Natchitoches. The text is actually quite brief, framing the photography rather than directing the narrative, and offers concise architectural and historical contexts for each of the houses.
This is not an academic study, and architectural historians will not find it rigorous enough to use as a reference tool or solid secondary source. The book is intended for the informed and curious general reader and for casual browsing. For me, the most outstanding thing about the book is its precise photography of this distinct architectural style.
We use this book as a guide book - some are private and no tours, but photos can be taken. The book has great photography and well written paragraphs about each home.
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I love the images of the interiors of those plantations.
For anybody who is interested in Creole history,this book is a must!