By Jay Dearborn Edwards, Nicolas Kariouk Pecquet Du Bellay De Verton, William R. Brockway, Charles Funderburk
All through Louisiana’s colonial and postcolonial classes, there advanced a hugely really expert vocabulary for describing the region’s constructions, humans, and cultural landscapes. This creolized language a special mixture of localisms and phrases borrowed from French, Spanish, English, Indian, and Caribbean assets built to fit the multiethnic wishes of settlers, planters, explorers, developers, surveyors, and executive officers. at the present time this old vernacular is frequently opaque to people who have to comprehend its meanings, yet with A Creole Lexicon, Jay Edwards and Nicholas Kariouk offer a hugely prepared source for its restoration. Newly produced diagrams and drawings, in addition to unique reproductions, and 16 topic indexes help in making this a useful reference for exploring and conserving Louisiana’s cultural history.
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Since the Work Projects Administration (WPA) days, it has been often claimed that this building represents the best evidence of the persistence of African architectural style in Louisiana (WPA 1940:638). The claim appears to be principally buttressed by the great, overhanging roof, giving the superficial resemblance of an African hut (Fig. 3). Yet the builders of the African House did not use African methods. The premier étage (upper floor) is constructed with pièce-surpièce (horizontal) hewn planks locked at the corners with queue d’aronde (dovetail) corner notching and penetrated with windows protected with grilles de défense (wooden bars).
1) In reference to a beam or truss member, the butt end. 2) That part at the extremity beyond the supporting notch, lap joint, or mortise. In the case of a rafter in Louisiana, this is called the outlooker. Abou[t]ement, the joining of timbers end-to-end (Diderot 1751–65, 10:347). See alaise, assemblage (6), greffage, outlooker, queue, queue-de-vache. abri; abris (F; FC n, m). 1) Shelter. An arbor or agricultural shelter, generally for the protection of plants. Upper Louisiana: Abrier (FC v, t), to shelter or protect (Dorrance 1935:52).
3) France: a citizen or onetime resident of America (Louisiana). American cottage (E n). A Class I cottage with a centralhall plan, characteristic of New Orleans and the cities of the Mississippi-Alabama Gulf Coast ca. 1840–1870. A fivebay, one- or one-and-one-half-story, front-galleried, center-hall-plan house. It is smaller than a “villa” but otherwise similar. In the city an abat-vent may substitute for a front gallery (Fig. 4). It is usually capped with a gable roof, often with pedimented dormers.