History of the Dauphine Pierre Cottage

One of the oldest surviving examples of the Bourdeaux style of architecture

Pierre Malreaux, a Frenchman bought this property in 1780 from the Spanish government. Soon afterward, he built the lovely cottage you see before you. The bricks were made on site, and oyster shells from Lake Pontchartrain were used in the mortar. The “brick between posts” architecture is one of the oldest examples of the Bordeaux style. The cottage was damaged in the fire of 1788, but survived.

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