A Little Creole History / by Emily Wirt

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I had the opportunity to visit the Northwest Louisiana History Museum this weekend in Natchitoches, Louisiana. This museum is designed by Trahan Architects of New Orleans. This space utilizes one of my favorite design motifs today: layering of materials and forms. By juxtaposing an outer layer of copper over molded stone shapes that flow into the interior, the space is continually stimulating from entrance to exit. While the fluid form contrasts from the Creole-influenced architecture of Natchitoches, the material choice and site location delicately places this form into the city landscape of downtown Natchitoches. Definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in the area.

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Photo courtesy of Trahan Architects