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Back of the Bolduc House showing the gardens
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New France - The OTHER Colonial America
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Dr. Ernest A. Connally

Who Was Dr. Connally?

Ribbon Cutting at Museum Opening
Ribbon Cutting at the Museum Opening On the Opening Day of the Louis Bolduc House in 1958

In the picture, they are about to cut the ribbon to open the newly restored Louis Bolduc House to the public.

Dr. Connally was:

  • An architecture professor and historian
  • Part-time consultant at
  • The man with the necktie in the picture
  • The man who supervised the restoration of the Louis Bolduc House
  • A graduate of the University of Texas, and Harvard University
  • The Chair and Secretary of the US Committee of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
  • He worked with the Historic American Buildings Survey
  • He taught architecture at Washington University in St. Louis
  • He was the first head of the Office of Archeology and Historic Preservation in the National Park Service
  • He decided to build the stone cottage where our American Indian exhibit is

What makes the Louis Bolduc House so important??

  • There are very few examples of French colonial American architecture left in the US
  • It is the first fully restored French colonial vertical log poteaux sur solles house with a hand-hewn Norman truss system in the US which is on its original location
  • In 1970 it was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service >
  • It contains a large collection of 18th century French colonial American artifacts
  • It withstood the 1811-12 New Madrid earthquakes

Who Paid for the Restoration of the Louis Bolduc House?

The funding for the restoration was donated to The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Missouri by Mr. and Mrs. Harry Mathews, the owners of the Mississippi Lime Company.

Who Owns the Bolduc House?

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The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Missouri

The Louis Bolduc House’s history, images, and stories

The Louis Bolduc House’s architecture, HABS, and terminology

Issues of preservation, restoration, and disaster response: the 1993 Flood