NATCHITOCHES – Marcy Frantom and Max Turner will speak at Northwestern State University Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Thomas-D’Amato Reading Room of Watson Library. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. Their presentation is part of the Fleming Thomas Lecture Series.
Frantom and Turner will present a paper, “Historical French Earth Architecture at the Cane River National Heritage Area in Northwest Louisiana: Efforts to Understand and Conserve the Past.” The presentation is on their study of historic bousillage in the Cane River National Heritage Area including the Badin Roque House, Magnolia Plantation Blacksmith Shop and the Wells House, as well as other uses of earth in local buildings.
This paper was presented in October at the Seventh International Earthen Architecture and Construction Conference in Santa Fe, N.M., sponsored by the Cane River National Heritage Area and Adobe in Action. Samples of bousillage building materials and slides of the preservation work of Quality Finish will also be shown.