Historic Homes And The Beauty Of Their Architectural Elements

Architectural integrity through architectural elements is the indelible mark of historic homes and landmarks.



It is usually the only tangible proof of bygone golden eras ruled by classic styles.

Cornstalk Fence Hotel

Cornstalk Fence Hotel – Flickr

Restoration efforts and day to day upkeep of historic homes can be financially mind boggling.

Another consideration is the sheer expense of replicating these styles in today’s market which can create financial hurdles too difficult to clear.

Aging and changing neighborhoods coupled with a natural progression away from this style of living  places most of  these homes in the private sector on an endangered species list.



Craftsmanship, detail to details, and artisan skills used to envision, shape, form, and build these homes fascinates me.


Over the years we have had the opportunity to tour, consult on, and donate antique pieces to several state and privately owned historic homes.

As much as I love antiques, I will walk right by a period piece without so much as a glance to get to the heart of the historic matter.

Architectural elements  grab and hold my attention.

architectural elements

Locally we have a block of homes known as Mansion Row.

Anchoring the far left corner of the block stands the Thompson-Hargis Mansion.

Built in 1907, this Greek Revival home with characteristic Ionic columns, porte-cochère, triangle pediment, and transom entry was once a jewel in the crown of our city history.

Exterior and grounds showed the weathered look of sun and time- nothing paint and repair could not fix as the property was structurally sound and the architectural integrity intact.

Thompson-Hargis Mansion

Removal of the furnishings was conducted years ago, windows and doors boarded, and the grand dame beautifully sat idling until this past Sunday evening when she fell victim to a senseless demise.

historical home

Neighbors who recall the elegance of what was and admirers of what could have been mourn the total loss of of property, history, and hope.


It’s a sad turn of events and an even sadder realization that original, historic, and one of a kind architectural elements were destroyed.

historical mansion

Dollars do not factor into the equation, there is no replacement value for the architectural integrity of this 105 year old home.

RIP Thompson-Hargis Mansion.





images:  Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation, We Saw That

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