Jones House

LA 484 along Cane R. Lake, Melrose, Louisiana


Lewis Jones House

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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The Jones Residence was constructed in 1847 as evidenced by a handwritten notation under the stair to the attic. It is one of a small number of major plantation houses in the area known as Isle Brevelle. This was one of the most prominent free people of color enclaves in antebellum Louisiana. The Jones family came into possession of the property in the early twentieth century. The house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as one of Louisiana's most significant examples of the French Creole style of architecture. It has the standard Creole features such as bousillage construction, a large gallery, and an umbrella-like all encompassing roofline. In addition, it is one of very few examples to have wraparound mantels with ornamentals. Moreover, it is one of even fewer examples to feature the lozenge decorative motif, a French Renaissance device. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS LA-1243)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 9, 1993
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Architectural style
Other architectural type; French Creole
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
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Significant year