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


Acadian — This American style originated in homes built by Acadian settlers to Louisiana. A hallmark of the style is a high pitched roof which typically contained a loft. Early architectural homes were a single room and some contained a loft in the upper areas of the roof. Additions were also sometimes added off of the center. Original construction was typically pier and beam with wood exteriors, however present-day adaptations of this style use modern materials while preserving the shape and form of the early styles represented by features such as the large pitched roof and tall narrow entrances and large front porches. A hybridize variations of this style was popular in the Baton Rouge area in the 1990’s – 2000’s as an alternative to the traditional style of the 1970s. While no longer single room homes, these modern hybrids typically exhibit open floor plans.  Found in Woodstone, Woodgate, Oak Hills, and all  throughout the area.

Cottage / Bungalow

Cottage / Bungalow–The style, often called the California Bungalow, was most popular between 1900 and 1920 and evolved into the Craftsman movement. An offshoot, the Chicago Bungalow, appeared in the Midwest, also in the early part of the century. It’s characterized by few material details, an offset entryway, and a projecting bay on the facade. You will find these in the Garden District, Capital Heights & Southdowns.






French Provincial –Balance and symmetry are the ruling characteristics of this formal style. Homes are often brick with detailing in copper or slate. Windows and chimneys are symmetrical and perfectly balanced, at least in original versions of the style. Defining features include a steep, high, hip roof; balcony and porch balustrades; rectangle doors set in arched openings; and double French windows with shutters. Second-story windows usually have a curved head that breaks through the cornice. The design had its origins in the style of rural manor homes, or chateaus, built by the French nobles during the reign of Louis XIV in the mid-1600s. The French Provincial design was a popular Revival style in the 1920s and again in the 1960s.  New construction found in University Club, Lakes at Highland, Lexington Estates, and more. Continue…









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