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Exploring the early French architecture in America

The French architectural designs have always been a center of artistic attention in the past and they continue to do so in the 21st century as well. Many French styled homes which speak for the remarkable French architecture can be seen spreading across the outskirts of several American states. Some of these houses are decades old and have been restored to preserve their actual essence and form. From the past decades till the present time, the French have left a certain touch of influential style which can be seen through the walls and roofs of these early French styled homes located in America.

Exploring these early French homes is no less than turning the interesting pages of rich American-French history which speaks volumes about the stylistic brilliance of the French.

American states rich in French architecture

In America, new French homes can be seen in almost every state. However, the old French homes which speak for the early architectural brilliance of the French are widespread in the states of Mississipi and Lousiana. The houses in these states have been strong enough to bear the brunt of time and have managed to survive till the date. North America is particularly rich in possessing the persisting French architecture which can be clearly seen from Louisiana’s Mississippi River plantations to Canada’s Quebec and Acadia. It can also be seen prevailing in Missouri’s bustling in St. Louis. Other American states include the Michigan and Illinois which keep a different kind of French architecture which has a common basis with those of Michigan and Mississippi.

Historic associations and influences

The French architecture, just like French trade, made its ways in the New World from many directions. From the ambient relations of French with North Americans for pelt trading to the trading relations of French with Canadians and the rest of Americans resulted in the introduction of new ideas in the pre-existing French Architecture. TheNorth Americans taught the Frenchmen the techniques of the building of deeply established storage rooms for the purpose of keeping away trading material and men away from humidity and sunlight. The French adopted this method to survive in the hot, humid and water-logged state of Louisiana. Similarly, the partially timbered and steep-roofed Colombage houses, which were initially built in Europe by French, soon made their way into cold-struck Canada and hot regions located in the south of the New World. Conclusively speaking, the French architecture has an amalgamated nature comprising upon the African, European and to some extent American Indian architecture designs.

Details of early French houses

The ever effortless French houses in their early forms were simple yet inclusive in nature. The houses comprised upon no more than 2 floors with 3 rooms on each floor. The animal pelts were used as rugs to give a Parisian touch to homes. The casement windows, coupled with interiorly opening doors, provide for superior ventilation of the houses. The early French houses were either built straight up from the ground level or at an elevated level to ensure air flow. Living spaces were extensively used as offices, reception desks, and sitting lounges. Galleries are attached to each room as a signature benchmark of French architecture.