The Architecture & Art of Bayou Teche,
Owen Southwell, and Tabasco’s Avery Island

Group photo from Fall Foray
Group photo from Fall Foray

November 2, 2017

Following the success of the Spring Foray, “Greece Arrives in East Feliciana Parish”, the ICAA-LA organized a first-of-its-kind exploration of four centuries worth of architecture and art of the mid -“Teche Country”. The purpose of this foray was to bring recognition to classical architecture and art to Teche Country on a scale unlike anything it has every experienced.

Beginning with a plantation dinner on the banks of Bayou Teche on Thursday evening, the following Friday, Saturday and Sunday was spent learning about the architecture, art photoprahy and history Teche Country, led by experts in the subject matter, including:
Eddie Cazayoux, FAIA – “Bayou Teche Architecture – Primitive to Calssical & Owen Southwell”
Claudia Kheel – “Four Centureis of Art in the Teche Country”
Shane K. Bernard – “Avery Island and Bayou Teche History”
Richard Anthony Lewis – “Robert Tebbs Photographs”

Tours of private homes on Avery Island (the home of Tabasco and Salt caves) were open only for this foray. And an exclusive tour of Patoutville’s oldest family-run sugar mill in the country: Enterprise Plantation & Sugar Mill.

This tour was a chance to be a part of this century’s premiere excursion to the Teche Country and learn about the rich classical and contemporary architecture and art that this place has given the state of Louisiana.

The Teche Country has never recevied recognition at this level, and we were honored to bring this extraordinary place the recognition it deserves for centuries worth of cultural heritage contribution and perseverance.