Before & After ~ Ivy Vale Plantation

Photos courtesy of Denton Culpepper.

Before & After ~ Ivy Vale Plantation, Webster Parish, Louisiana.

This 1818 vernacular farmhouse in northwest Louisiana stood vacant for 39 years before being restored as a home and event venue in 2017-2018. It reminds us that a historic house does not have to be architecturally distinguished to be historically significant. Vernacular buildings document an important part of history – often representing the homes occupied by the majority of residents in a community.

The historic preservation movement has made great progress in recognizing the need to save homes of all types to honor and remember the history of all our citizens, not just the mansions of the rich. Every region of the country has simple buildings that reflect the building traditions of its historic residents and the materials available in the area. This house is a wonderful example.

“Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” was written to help people save historic houses in their communities – preserving significant character-defining features of the house while making it livable for 21st-century lives.

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Select preservation titles by other authors, including the classic “A Field Guide to American Houses” (revised edition) by Virginia McAlester are also available in our shop!

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