The Louisiana Houses of A. Hays Town

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A. Hays Town changed the face of the Louisiana house. In a career that includes designing more than five hundred homes, he led architects, builders, and homeowners to embrace the finest elements of Louisiana's architectural past. Almost every home built in Louisiana during the last twenty years is in some way inspired by Town's work.

The Louisiana Houses of A. Hays Town honors his legacy as Louisiana's premier residential architect. Color photographs of numerous homes — ...

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Overview

A. Hays Town changed the face of the Louisiana house. In a career that includes designing more than five hundred homes, he led architects, builders, and homeowners to embrace the finest elements of Louisiana's architectural past. Almost every home built in Louisiana during the last twenty years is in some way inspired by Town's work.

The Louisiana Houses of A. Hays Town honors his legacy as Louisiana's premier residential architect. Color photographs of numerous homes — including Town's own — by Philip Gould combined with an illuminating text by Cyril E. Vetter produce a volume that captures the appeal and beauty of the state's finest architectural tradition.

Born and raised in rural southwest Louisiana, Hays Town graduated from Tulane University with a degree in architecture in 1926 and worked for a firm in Jackson, Mississippi, for many years. He established his own successful commercial practice in Baton Rouge in 1939, but in the 1960s, Town turned to his abiding passion — residential architecture. Throughout this chapter of his career, he perfected his inimitable style and emerged as one of the most prominent architects in the South.

Town's residential designs are perceptibly influenced by the diverse culture of south Louisiana. His synthesis of the classic Acadian cottage, Spanish courtyards, and exterior French doors with Creole-influenced full-length shutters achieves an original confluence of seemingly disparate yet elegantly balanced themes and forms. Other Town trademarks include pigeonniers, tree alleys, thirteen-foot ceilings, heavy use of such woods as cypress and heart of pine, plantation-style separate structures, and brick floors with a special beeswax finish.

The Louisiana Houses of A. Hays Town illuminates the momentous effect Town has had on the look of Louisiana. Crafted from the perspective of two people, Vetter and Gould, who are not architects but admirers of one man's exceptional talent, this delightful book demonstrates that each Town house is a work of art that fits both person and terrain. At the door of each home, proud owners hang a bronze plaque that says it all: A. Hays Town, Architect.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807123713
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Pages: 162
  • Sales rank: 264,731
  • Product dimensions: 12.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Over a twenty-year career in the communications industry, Cyril E. Vetter has owned and operated newspapers, radio and television stations, a television production company, and a recording and music publishing company. He is the author of Fonville Winans' Louisiana: Politics, People, and Places. He lives in Baton Rouge.

Philip Gould, who lives in Lafayette, Louisiana, is a documentary photographer. His work has been featured in numerous national magazines, among them Newsweek, National Geographic Traveler, and Smithsonian. His previous books of photographs include Louisiana's Capitols — The Power and the Beauty and Cajun Music and Zydeco.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
A. Hays Town xi
Hays Town Residence 1
Hamilton House 15
Svendson House 22
Westerman House 27
Bonnecaze House 34
Greeson House 39
Ohmstede House 45
Thomas House 51
Witter House 57
Putnam House 64
Godchaux House 69
Sherar House 74
Cheramie House 81
Lambert House 87
Bridges House 93
Baxter House 99
Chance House 105
Laborde House 111
McDade House 118
Bunch House 123
Wheat House 130
Ellison House 135
Zeringue House 142
Strawitz House 149
Marchman House 153
A. Hays Town: An Appreciation 161
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  • Posted May 17, 2012

    Excellent reference for those interested in Louisiana architecture!

    I bought this as a gift for my sister, who is extremely interested in Louisiana architecture. She was extremely pleased with the information she found in the book, and considers it a valuable reference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2004

    Dean of Southern Architecture

    In the postmodern period, most American residential architects have relied on formulaic predictability to mass produce uninspiring houses with little regard for locale and environment. Rather than focusing his energy on regurgitating these ephemeral MacMansions, Hays Town spent the last 40 years creating things of grace, beauty, and imagination with lasting artistry. Moreover, he's done so with a deeply abiding appreciation of and respect for Louisiana and it's rich architectural heritage, demonstrating a refinement that results from the realization that creative progressiveness results more gracefully from the realization that art and life do not exist in a chronological or cultural vacuum. This book is a fitting tribute to this architectural giant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2002

    Phenominal!

    A. Hays Town is an architect that others only strive to achieve to be. His use of raw materials and simple but breathtaking architecture is unmatched. We could all learn a lesson or two in architecture from his work. Growing up in Louisiana with an appreciation for the visusal is one thing but being able to appreciate his work for a lifetime is another.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2001

    A. Hayes Town

    After 27 years of marriage, and living in 9 states, my wife and I are now designing our dream home. We're using the page numbers from this book to design features we want in our next home. The pictures are outstanding. We've enjoyed being to three of the homes. This book is a must have for those serious about classic design, rich and warm, not ostentatious.

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