A. Hays Town and the Architectural Image of Louisiana

A. Hays Town and the Architectural Image of Louisiana

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A. Hays Town and the Architectural Image of Louisiana

by Carol McMichael Reese

 

About the Book

Featuring color photography by Philip Gould and architectural drawings, A. Hays Town and the Architectural Image of Louisiana by Carol McMichael Reese traces the evolution of Town’s career, including his work on the Historic American Buildings Survey, his award-winning Modernist designs, and his later houses that came to define Louisiana’s residential architecture. This work accompanies an exhibition that originated at the Hilliard Art Museum – University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2018 and has since traveled to additional venues.

  

Praise for A. Hays. Town and the Architectural Image of Louisiana

“Hays Town was a Louisiana original . . . as much at home in vernacular historicism as in modernism, shifting with ease from landscaped residences to schools and courthouses. Carol Reese . . . has done a great job pulling together architectural plans, interviews with clients and family, and Philip Gould’s stunning photographs. A lovely book.”

—Lawrence Powell, professor emeritus of History, Tulane University

 

“This book portrays representative buildings by one of the South’s most popular regionalist architects. Noted for his commitment to ‘total design,’ it . . . offers an engaging picture of Hays Town’s originality in defining a new residential idiom based on Louisiana’s early French vernacular buildings.”

—John H. Stubbs, senior professor of Preservation Practice, Tulane School of Architecture

 

“Carol Reese’s insightful book on A. Hays Town further cements his much-deserved renown as the father of an authentic Louisiana architecture . . . . the book is replete with lessons for architecture students and practitioners alike, namely, the importance of a foundation in architectural history and a knowledge of rules of proportion; the relation of a building to its site; and prescient counsel as it relates to environmental sustainability.”

—Lee Ledbetter, FAIA, New Orleans

© 2021 University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press

Hardcover | 200 Pages | 10" x 12" | ISBN: 978-1-946160-81-2