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Steamboat Gothic: 1938

Steamboat Gothic: 1938

1938. " 'San Francisco,' Reserve vicinity, St. John Parish, Louisiana. Steamboat Gothic circa 1850." 8x10 negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

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Cistern for your water please

The round structures are cisterns which collected rain water for domestic use. Look at the right cistern and you can see the 'downspout' from the roof gutters running into the cistern. Assume at the time the pic was taken there was a pump system that provide water to the house.

Everything looks worse...

Having visited this plantation last summer, I feel this is one of the few instances where black and white doesn't do fair justice as the colors on this house are astounding. Unfortunately, the estate is now surrounded on three sides by a refinery

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"Steamboat Gothic" sums it up precisely, do we assume those tanks on each side contain water?

She still shines

Beautiful old house. Good to see the place is now in much better shape.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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