2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Language & Literature

French Architecture in Missouri: An Analysis of Architectural Influences and Styles in the St. Louis Area
Leigh K. Edmonston
Dr. Patrick Lecaque, Faculty Mentor

St. Louis was founded by Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau in 1764 as a fur-trading post. The population grew rapidly, and as they began planning and constructing the city, they combined traditional Northern French building styles and structures with French Creole styles and materials to create an unique architectural genre, Missouri-French. Although, few of these original structures remain today, the French architectural influence continues. This paper will focus primarily on the French colonial genre and its influence, as well as neo-French Renaissance and Second Empire styles. Current and past pictorial examples from St. Charles, St. Genevieve, Florissant, and the St. Louis area will be given and compared with traditional French structures and styles.

Keywords: St. Louis, French, Architecture, Missouri


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 40-2
Location: OP 2113
Time: 1:30 pm

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