Louisiana preservationists worried about the future of Rosedown for years before the state acquired the property for a commemorative area. Although some of the furnishings and garden statuary were sold by the previous owner, the house, dependencies and grounds continue to rank as a popular tourist attraction. pERRIER PARTY RENTALS Offering all ofyour party rental needs foryour one-of-a-kind event. PERRIER PARTY RENTALS 109 Industrial Ave. New Orleans, LA70121 (504) 834-8570 www.perrierpartyrentals.com Bon Courage! Laura Plantation salutes the PRC's 30 years of accomplishment. www.lauraplantation.com PRESERVATION IN PRINT OCTOBER 2004 17 has suffered the loss of more notable buildings in the past thirty years than has Shreveport. Demolition, severe weather, and fire have all played a role in the destruction. For example, the Weekend House, an important International Style residence designed by Modernist architect William Wiener in 1933 and influenced by Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye, was demol- ished. A few years ago a tornado roared through town, taking part of Shreveport's fine collection of Italianate commercial buildings with it. Only last year fire destroyed the Big Chain Store, also a Wiener International Style design. Buildings in other cities and towns have suffered similar fates. The Paramount Theater in Baton Rouge and the Bailey Theater in Bunkie (Avoyelles Parish) are only two of a number of city and small town movie theaters which have been lost to demolition or fire. Thankfully, others like the Evangeline in New Iberia, the Strand in Jennings, and the Dixie in Ruston have been partially or completely restored. A few years ago owners demolished Winnfield's 100 year old hotel. The only monumental commer- cial building in town, it dominated the commercial district visually and also had connections to the town's most famous citizen, Huey P. Long. Two close calls should also be cited. May 1988 saw a fire damage New Orleans' Cabildo, where transfer of Louisiana to the United States took place in 1803. Baton Rouge's Magnolia Mound suffered from an arsonist's hand in 1994. Although the fires were catastrophic, in both cases the buildings survived to be restored because firefighters did such good jobs of containing the damage. The destruction and defeats have not been limited only to urban areas. The Louisiana countryside has also experienced close calls and chilling losses of historic buildings in the last thirty years. Welham, a major River Road plantation house in St. James Parish, disappeared in 1979 when Marathon Oil Company unexpectedly demolished the 1830s residence. An arsonist partially destroyed St. John the Baptist Parish's Dugas House, an important early but little known Creole cottage, in late 1994. In May 2002 fire destroyed Ascension Parish's Tezuco plantation house, although the outbuildings on the property survived. Only recently an electrical fire dam- aged the main house at St. James Parish's Laura Plantation. (For more information on Laura, see page 7.) The Foundation for Historical Louisiana has tried unsuccessfully for several years to save the cabins at Poplar Grove Plantation (West Baton Rouge Parish) in situ as a rural community illustrating the lives of plantation work- ers. Now preservationists fear that some of the cabins will be moved to an urban location. There is no doubt that losses such as these are distressing. However, on the whole, Louisiana's preservation pos- itives far outweigh its negatives. When we remember where we started, it is clear that preservation in our state has truly come of age. So get out the noise makers, put the jambalaya on the fire, pop a Louisiana music CD in your play- er, and let the party begin! It's time to celebrate historic preservation in Louisiana. WHERE GIRLS FILL EVERY ROLE Dancer Photographer Mentor Tutor Philosopher Organizer Soloist ientist Gymnast alent Show Winner ywright Historian Honor Society Member Star Athlete Valedictorian Artist Fundraiser THURSDAYS THROUGH THE GATE OPEN HOUSES October 7, 21, and 28 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. October 14 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Louise S. McGehee SCHOOL • FOUNDED 1912 TODAY'S GIRLS TOMORROW'S LEADERS 504-561-1224 2343 Prytania Street New Orleans www.mcgehee.k12.1a.us Louise S. McGehee School is open to oH qualified girls regardless of roce, religion or ethnic origin. Student Council President Math Whiz Lingu Poet Team Ca pt Ensemble Choir Role Model Yea Class Clown Wri