Palo Alto Plantation House, Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish, LA
See 16 maps of this location
Find maps of Donaldsonville, LA
Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS LA-1321
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N924).
Building/structure dates: 1852 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1950 subsequent work
Significance: Palo Alto is an Anglo-Creole type Louisiana plantation cottage decorated in Greek Revival style. Its name commemorates a famous battle in the Mexican War, May 8, 1846. The house was probably constructed by Pierre Oscar Ayraud between 1852 and 1860. On stylistic grounds it is believed that it may have been designed by prominent Louisiana architect James H. Dakin (1806-1852). In 1860 the plantation was mortgaged to Jacob Lemann (1809-1887), a German immigrant to Louisiana who arrived in 1836. He was, by 1840, a successful merchant in Donaldsonville. The property passed to Jacob's ownership in 1867, following the Civil War.
Ayraud, Pierre Oscar
Miller, Max, Delineator
Su, Zhitao, Delineator
Breaux, Melony, Delineator
Audler, Charles, Delineator
Steel, Kim, Delineator
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
Back to Donaldsonville, Louisiana