1 PRST 6510 - Studio in Building Preservation – G. Cizek, M. Thomas, H. Knight – March 19, 2010Anthony DelRosario – Master in Preservation Studies - Tulane School of Architecture
On Friday March 12, Studio in Building Preservation made our fourth field trip ofthe semester to St. Francisville, Louisiana and Natchez, Mississippi. During the firsttrip, we were able to compare two masonry fortifications, Fort Jefferson and Fort Pike,which differed in time period, size, and amount of preservation work. On the second tripwe toured two Creole raised plantation houses, Destrehan Plantation House andHomeplace Plantation House, that were built during the same period (and likely by thesame craftsmen) but differ in size and amount of preservation work. On the third trip,we were able to compare and contrast two intact plantations of similar age but indifferent stages of preservation, Evergreen Plantation and Whitney Plantation. Duringthe weekend trip upriver, we saw a plethora sites that are in the possession of a varietyowners from private citizens to churches to a local foundation to a state to the federalgovernment. From these different owners we learned about various fund raising tactics,preservation methods, and interpretation approaches.The initial stop of our three day endeavor was the quaint town of St. Francisvillethirty minutes up Scenic Highway 61 from Baton Rouge. The first site in St. Francisvillethat we visited was Grace Episcopal Church (Fig. 1), second oldest parish in theEpiscopal Diocese of Louisiana. The historic grounds included a red brick GothicRevival church and picturesque oak-filled cemetery (Fig. 2). According to the NationalRegister of Historic Places nomination form, “Grace Church continues to stand in itsoriginal naturalistic setting due to visual isolation by trees from the growth and change inthe surrounding neighborhood.” In the cemetery are many interesting features includingwonderfully detailed cast and wrought iron fences of the cemetery and of tomb plots, anEgyptian Revival tomb (Fig. 3), and a deteriorating brick underground burial vault (Fig.