Austerlitz

LA 1 SE of jct. with LA 78, Oscar, Louisiana

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Description 

Austerlitz Plantation was built ca. 1832-35 by Antoine DeCuir, a free man of color, on 1800 acres of land purchased from the Indians by his father in 1783 on Fausse Riviere (False River), a wide oxbow lake in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. Legend has it that the house was designed by a builder from Santo Domingo, who provided a scale model of the house to aid in its construction. Unfortunately, both the model and the name of the designer have been lost to history. The DeCuirs were Bonapartists, as were many Louisiana Creoles, and their house was named in honor of Napoleon's victory at Austerlitz in 1805. ... The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS LA-1228)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 22, 1991
Reference number
91000416
Architectural styles
Other architectural type; Federal; French Creole
Area of significance
Architecture
Level of significance
State
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
1825-1849
Significant years
1832; 1836

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