Louisiana Historic Standing Structures Survey
The Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation's historic standing structures survey collection contains a wealth of information on unique and rare examples of diverse architecture. Unique architectural styles include New Orleans Shotgun House, Northshore House, New Orleans raised-basement house and Retardataire Greek Revival and Italianate architectural styles. Another example, the French Creole style of architecture, ranks as Louisiana's rarest and most important contributions to America's architectural heritage.
The historic standing structures survey collection is composed of approximately fifty-five to fifty-eight thousand individual surveys. Of the sixty-four parishes (counties) that compose the state of Louisiana thirty-two have been completely surveyed, eleven are partially surveyed, sixteen are unsurveyed, and in five only the urban areas have been covered. Each individual survey record contains an architectural description, historic background, and photographic record of a standing structure which is fifty years of age or older. Not only is the structure's architectural style recorded but a description of the type of building materials used in its construction is also documented.
The collection is housed in the Louisiana Section of the State Library, Fifth Floor, 701 Fourth Street, Baton Rouge, LA. The collection may be accessed by contacting the State Library Louisiana Section Staff.
Currently, the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation is converting its paper survey collection into an electronic format and entering the data into the online Louisiana Cultural Resources Map database. As such, please contact Mike Varnado Historic Standing Structures Survey Coordinator at 225.219.4596 or email firstname.lastname@example.org on obtaining instructions for submitting surveys and the database spreadsheet. Inquiries on the Collection or survey process can be made at the same. Historic Standing Structure Guidelines and related forms may be obtained at the following: