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Inquiry Question

Historical Context



Photos 1-3
Photo 4
Photos 5-7


Table of

Visual Evidence

Drawing 1: Typical floor plan of a Creole townhouse. [Drawing 1] with link to higher quality drawing.
(National Historic Landmarks drawing)

Drawings 2a & 2b: Typical floor plan of a
Porte-Cochere Creole townhouse.

[Drawing 2a] with link to higher quality drawing.[Drawing 2b] with link to higher quality drawing.
 (Historic American Buildings Survey Collection--Library of Congress)

Questions for Drawings 1, 2a, & 2b

1. Locate the photographs from Photos 5-7 that show a Creole townhouse facade and a Porte-Cochere [port-ko-share] Creole townhouse facade. Then examine Drawings 1, 2a, & 2b to get an idea of what the homes are like inside. What is the most unusual or interesting feature of each house?

2. Label the rooms shown in each sketch as you would use them if you lived there. Keep in mind that there was no indoor plumbing at the time these houses were built and most houses had privies located at the rear of courtyards.

3. List the differences between the two townhouses. What are the advantages or disadvantages for each type of house?

4. What are the rooms at the back of the house called? What purpose do they serve? If needed, see Photo 4.

5. Examine Photo 7 and read the descriptive matter. How might the floor plan for the American townhouse differ from the two Creole townhouses? Draw a floor plan for the American townhouse based on your thoughts.

* The drawings on this screen have a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a high quality version of Drawing 1, Drawing 2a, and Drawing 2b, but be aware that each file will take as much as 30 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.



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