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Of the Community: 1936

Of the Community: 1936

Circa 1936. "Belle Grove Plantation, Louisiana, 1858. Closeup of column." Photo by Walker Evans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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Another great Shorpy title; well done, Dave.


Ionic column.

[It's Corinthian, however. -tterrace]

How do you know since the capital is not visible?

[Because this. -tterrace]

Celebrated house

Belle Grove was magnificent and probably the grandest of the antebellum plantation homes. It appeared in the landmark, two-volume book "Lost America" in 1971. There's another book from 1945 which was a photo gallery of both ruined and standing plantation houses, and it included several pages of close-up photos of Belle Grove made while it was in a state of decay but still standing. I believe this was titled "Ghosts Along the Mississippi," but I don't have it in front of me right now to provide the photographer/author's name.

By that time the house had been vacant for at least 20 years, and parts of it had already fallen. What remained was removed during the 1950s following extensive flood damage.

Perhaps, Shorpy will treat us to a few more views, including an overall shot of this grand old lady of yesteryear. Pretty please?

[Enter "Belle Grove" in the Search Shorpy box and you'll see three more. -tterrace]

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