Bayou Built: The Legacy of Louisiana's Historic Architecture

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iUniverse, Nov 1, 2010 - Architecture - 176 pages

Louisiana, the Bayou State, is famous for many things, including savory cuisine, great music, and a resident population whose mantra is laissez les bons temps roulerlet the good times roll! The place is also noted for its historic architecture, which ranges from simple forms such as the shotgun house or the Creole cottage to the celebrated plantation homes along the River Road.

Bayou Built: The Legacy of Louisianas Historic Architecture examines the so-called built environment from the perspectives of cultural geography and historic preservation. It explores the various folk types and architectural styles that became part of the Louisiana landscape from the first French settlement in 1699 through the railroad and lumber boom of the 1890s.


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1 Time Space and Houses
2 Environmental Diversity in the Bayou State
3 French Colonial Louisiana
4 Spanish and British Colonial Louisiana
Between Colony and Statehood
6 The Upland South Comes to Louisiana
7 The Golden Age of the Plantation
8 The Civil War and Reconstruction
9 The Railroad and Lumber Boom
10 Historic Preservation in the Bayou State

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Author Peter Mires received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in 1988 and subsequently taught geography and anthropology at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and the University of Delaware. His research interests include folk and vernacular architecture, geographic education, human-environment relationships, and material culture.

He has published on a wide variety of topics, ranging from chess competition, clouds over the Sierra Nevada, prehistoric archaeology, and solar energy to Western mining towns and Vermont farmsteads. He and his wife divide their time between their Gothic Revival Victorian home in Delaware and frequent visits to friends and family on the West Coast.

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