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Arts & Culture: Creole/Caribbean Style Homes

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Creole/Caribbean Style Homes

oakley house Although they don't look like the traditional idea of a Southern plantation, Creole/Caribbean plantation homes are very common in South Louisiana.   They were built in this style to minimize the effects of heat and flooding that were common in areas near swamplands and the Mississippi River.  Creole/Caribbean style homes are generally raised on piers to stay above flood waters.  There is often a large central hallway to encourage air circulation and the galleries or porches wrap around the house and are usually very deep -- providing shade in the summer, keeping the sun out of the house and creating comfortable outdoor living space.


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