Sylvan Retreat

2935 Mount Lebanon Road, Gibsland,



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. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS LA-1299)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 6, 1979
Reference number
Architectural styles
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival; Other architectural type; Raised plantation house
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1825-1849
Significant years
1848; 1884

Update Log 

  • July 31, 2018: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Corrected location