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Front Street (Commercial Buildings), Natchitoches, Natchitoches Parish, LA

Front Street (Commercial Buildings), Natchitoches, Natchitoches Parish, LA

 
 
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Significance: The architectural history of Front Street closely resembles the outline of Louisiana's economic history with most buildings stemming from high economic plateaus. Thus there are three buildings from the late antebellum period that represent Louisiana's vernacular architecture of the plantation era with their multiple asymmetrical French doors, front-gable roofs with setback facades, and second-story porches. Other buildings dating from the 1880s are characteristic of their epoch. These buildings tend to mirror larger, national trends in commercial architecture with their decorated cast-iron facades and tall ornate parapets. There are numerous buildings from the first two decades of the twentieth century that incorporate the stylistic refinement of revival architecture, most notably, a Romanesque Revival three-story building and a one-story Mission Revival. Finally, the strong economy of postwar America left its mark on Front Street through the "modernization" of many ground level commercial spaces along Front Street, occurring in the 1950s and 1960s.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N983
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N983; N1022
Survey number: HABS LA-1319

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Contributors

Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
Cane River National Heritage Area Commission, sponsor
Morgan, Nancy I, M, sponsor
Price, Virginia Barrett, transmitter
Cane River National Heritage Area Commission, sponsor
Arzola, Robert, project manager
Falvey, Bryan Scott, field team
Hagensick, Thomas Vincent, field team
Szenasi, Zsolt, field team
Szenasi, Zsolt
Boucher, Jack E, photographer
Rosenthal, James, photographer
Wilson, Jon Lamar, historian
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Natchitoches (La.)31.76072, -93.08627
Google Map of 31.7607195, -93.08627489999999
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