Thursday, October 23, 2008

Architectural Hero...Gaston Callum

Photograph by Gastom Callum via Oxford American

In the mid 1990’s, Gaston Callum began photographing the forgotten plantation houses, farm houses and vernacular buildings of his native South. Realizing that time was quickly running out for these neglected properties he founded Southland Historic Preservation with the goal to document and stabilize these historic buildings. After stabilization, the properties are sold with historic covenants to ensure that buyers do a sympathetic restoration. Successes include properties in Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Materials from buildings that cannot be saved are sold in lots that include photos of the original installations.

Available properties are listed on the SHP website, some with videos documenting their rescue. Gaston continues to photograph buildings and is currently working on a book of endangered North Carolina architecture.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Favorite Places ...The Garconieres - Houmas House Plantation

Two story hexagonal brick and stucco structures built as bachelor's quarters, presumably to keep the peace and quiet in the main house, consisting of a sitting room downstairs and an upstairs bedroom. 

Library of Congress, Richard Koch photographer
Measuring the east garconiere for the Historic American Buildings Survey, April 1936.