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Oak Grove Plantation, Pigeoniers, State Highway 61, Saint Francisville, West Feliciana Parish, LA



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Location
State Highway 61, Saint Francisville vicinity, LA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS LA-1254-A
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N186).
Building/structure dates: 1830 initial construction
0.1995
Significance: Pigeonniers, dovecotes, or pigeon houses evolved during the domestication of wild pigeons during ancient Roman times. The Romans built houses called "columbaria" that held up to five thousand birds. The usual shape was round with a vaulted roof and was built of stone. ... The pigeonniers at Oak Grove are reminiscent of those found in the Normandy area of France. The octagonal shape and brick and timber structure as well as the conical shape of the roof were common in France. The northern pigeonnier, unfortunately, has deteriorated. Its roof and all of the second floor have collapsed onto the first floor. Because of this loss, the survey of the remaining pigeonniers is important.

Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

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