Conserving Creole: A historical review of Louisiana Creole architecture and an analysis of subsequent conservation practices
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The aim of my research is to assess whether the conservation and legislation practices used to treat Creole cottages, townhouses and plantations are suitable for sustaining the structures for the future. My research explores the significance of the architectural types through history and analyses the current conservation practices using qualitative textual research, case studies and interviews with the select preservation leaders of my chosen case studies. The case studies I researched are specific Creole building types; the cottage, townhouse and the plantation house. I visited each and delved into their histories. I interviewed the museum curator of the Magnolia Mound plantation house and the owner of a Creole cottage about the current preservation techniques and theories. I found that most of the practices were sufficient but factors such as lack of funding, education and access to professional craftsmen can negatively affect the future of the structures. My hope for this research is to have proper preservation work continue and to inspire the state to increase resources for the owners and teams of caretakers of the Creole structures in Louisiana.