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Bauvais-Amoureux House

A house with a covered front porch, white front, plain wood siding and shingles.
The Bauvais-Amoureux House features a significant "post-in-ground" style of architecture.

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The Bauvais-Amoureux House was built in 1792 for Jean Baptiste Bauvais. It is one of only three known surviving poteaux-en-terre style houses in Ste. Genevieve and one of only five such houses known in the United States. Important architectural features include the heavy timber trusses supporting the steeply pitched roof. The walnut ceiling beams are original, and the date of the construction has been confirmed by dendrochronology. The house was shortened, and interior alterations were made in the 1840s. Though the house has been altered, it retains integrity and is a critical contributing structure to the historic district.

The house also has a well-documented history of occupation and was the residence of a free black woman, Pélagie Amoureux, and her family in the nineteenth century before and after the Civil War. The Bauvais-Amoureux House has long been recognized for the importance of its architecture, but it is also important for its ability to illustrate the varied backgrounds of Ste. Genevieve residents and the African American experience in the community.

The interior of the Bauvais-Amoureux House is available during set program times.

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Ste. Geneviève National Historical Park

Last updated: August 17, 2022