Juanice Gray | Editor
The Natchitoches Historic Foundation (NHF) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at the Roque Household on the downtown riverbank Thursday, Could 12. NHF owns the historic dwelling, one of the oldest, and only, bousillage constructions in the place.
This French Colonial cottage was crafted by a freed black slave named “Yves” but referred to as “Pascale”. in 1797. Manufactured of bousillage (adobe) amongst angular and upright posts, it signifies the earliest kind of what is now acknowledged in Louisiana as “Creole” architecture. Later, Aubin Roque and his final wife, Marie Philomene Metoyer, moved in this article from her fathers plantation, “Yucca”, now named Melrose. She was the daughter of the famous Augustine Metoyer, “Gens de Couleur Libres”, of the decrease Cane River Place. The dwelling was moved to this website from its primary spot in the vicinity of Isle Breville on Cane River in 1967 by Museum Contents, Inc.
Right after the 2016 flood, NHF and its companions recognized the need to have to shift the residence, still all over again, to far better protect and safeguard it. Companions consist of the City of Natchitoches, Main Street, Cane River Waterway Commission and others.
The task, consisting of moving the property to deal with Cane River and incorporating an more framework, is anticipated to be considerably complete by the Xmas Festival in accordance to contractor David Mains with DSW. Mains explained the fireplace will be disassembled brick by brick then rebuilt. He said the entire roof will be taken out then exchange the moment the household frame is turned.
The architect is Tipton and Associates of Baton Rouge. The design staff includes Tipton Associates, CARBO Landscape Architecture, Edward Cazayoux of EnvironMental Structure, and engineering consultants Fox-Nesbit and ADG. The steering committee for the Roque Residence renovation job is Ben Barron. Barron claimed there will be a wall about the household that will characteristic engraved granite stones to commemorate the heritage and associates associated in the renovations.