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    Daughters of the American Revolution

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    The Louisiana Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is Roque'n Historic Preservation with the St. Augustine Historical Society to restore the Badin Roque House!

    The Badin Roque House is an example of an early Creole building style known as poteaux-en-terre (posts-in-ground). It is believed that the Badin-Roque House is the only remaining building of its type in Louisiana and one of only four in the country. This building was constructed by an early French settler circa 1770.

    Surviving examples of this style are rare due to the posts’ high susceptibility to water damage in Louisiana’s wet soil.  The simple one-story cottage has bousillage walls (a mixture of mud, Spanish moss and deer hair), an outdoor kitchen and a spacious porch situated under its large overhanging roof.

    In the early 1800s the house was purchased by Nicholas Augustine Metoyer. Throughout its history the house has been used as a convent and later a catholic school house for Creole children. The house was purchased in 1979 by the St. Augustine Historical Society, and added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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