CSAR 131 Louisiana Architecture, 1700-1865

Architecture in Louisiana from colonial to early Victorian period, as seen in the work of important architects and builders and in vernacular construction. The planning of towns and forts is examined, especially in New Orleans. The course illustrates the development in the 18th century of the distinctive Louisiana Colonial style, its mingling with styles introduced from the East Coast after the Louisiana Purchase, and the gradual dominance in the mid-19th century of international Anglo-American styles. The effects on architecture of climate, natural resources, early industrialism and the rich ethnic mix of Louisiana are considered. Field trips to the Vieux Carre, plantations and the Garden District are scheduled. Previous experience in courses using slide presentations is useful.