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The Clark Residence is built in the tradition of 18th century French Colonial cottages and plantation houses. These homes combined the familiar building traditions of the old world with the site specific methodsof the Delta Region, the Gulf Coast, and the West Indies.
The home is elevated seven feet from its frequently flooding bayou setting. Living spaces are protected by deep verandas or galeries from the often dramatic wind and rain storms. Interiors are open to invite cooling breezes. The program of space is accommodated in distinct architectural forms. The home is an assemblage of cottages. At the center, the hipped-pavilion cottage. At its sides are two small gabled cottages. And to the rear, a two story carriage house. A fictional history guides the character of this assemblage. The central living pavilion is imagined to be the original Creole plantation house. Its plaster walls and bell curve hipped roof distinguish it. The master bedroom suite is seen to be a once free standing dependency in the French Acadian cottage style. Its walls are of oyster shell stucco. The opposite suite of bedroomsinhabit a second outbuilding made of once discarded clinker brick.
At a point in the home's "history" the three were united, first with louvered breezeways, then later with fully enclosed support spaces. Edging the courtyard to the rear of the property is the two story carriage house, a Creole townhouse with raised parapets, the roof-covered galeries and traditional outside stair. The carriage house is joined to the others with a French Quarter-fashioned passageway.
The Clark Residence received the distinguished Addison Mizner Award by the Institute of Classical Architecture, Florida.