Local Info – Understanding and Defining Architectural Styles in the Greater Baton Rouge Area Cont…

New Orleans / Creole

The Creole Cottage, which is mostly found in the South, originated in New Orleans in the 1700s. The homes are distinguished by a front wall that recedes to form a first-story porch and second-story balcony that stretch across the entire front of the structure. Full-length windows open into the balconies, and lacy ironwork characteristically runs across the second-story level. These two- and three-story homes are symmetrical in design with front entrances placed at the center.

“Creole French,” a variation of the basic Creole design, came into vogue in southern states in the 1940s and 1950s.




Ranch–Sometimes called the California ranch style, this home in the Modern family, originated there in 1930s. It emerged as one of the most popular American styles in the 1950s and 60s, when the automobile had replaced early 20th-century forms of transportation, such as streetcars. Now mobile homebuyers could move to the suburbs into bigger homes on bigger lots. The style takes its cues from Spanish Colonial and Prairie and Craftsman homes, and is characterized by its one-story, pitched-roof construction, built-in garage, wood or brick exterior walls, sliding and picture windows, and sliding doors leading to patios.  Jefferson Place, Old Goodwood, Westminster, Pine

Park and Jefferson Terrace as well as Broadmoor, Sherwood Forest and Shenandoah are areas that include these homes.


Traditional is a more modern style evolution of the Ranch home that was popular in the 50’s and 60’s. Like the ranch, the traditional architects created homes to sequester certain living activities–such as sleeping or socializing. The vast majority of those homes exhibit brick exteriors over frame construction. Narrow covered front porches that lie under the roofline are another typical feature. These homes were constructed largely from the 60’s to the 80’s a time of growth for

the Baton Rouge area; therefore there are many “traditional” homes in our market. Large subdivisions such as Tara, Shenandoah and Kenilworth typically exhibit homes in the traditional style.

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