Sylvan Retreat, 2935 Mount Lebanon Road, Gibsland, Bienville Parish, LA
2000 Charles E. Peterson Prize, Entry
Significance: Sylvan Retreat stands as a substantial five-bay plantation house with a pedimented portico in Gibsland, Louisiana. Taken within the context of north central Louisiana, it is a pretentious example of Classical Revival architecture. Although the portico was not created until the 1880's, it speaks of a strong continuing interest in Classical architecture, which persisted in rural Louisiana even after the Civil War. Indeed, the fact that such a Classical feature was created so late is a statement of the architectural history of the region illustrating the strength of the Classical tradition.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N614
Survey number: HABS LA-1299
Building/structure dates: 1848 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1884 Subsequent Work
National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 79001053