Along Bayou Chenal, in a corner of a parish near Baton Rouge, Jack and Pat Holden tend to an unrivaled tribute to the Acadian and Creole ways of life.
by CJ LOTZ, August/September 2019
Jack and Pat Holden's incredible story is beautifully told in this month's issue of Garden and Gun Magazine. Since the article was written, the Holden's decided to sell the estate with the hope of keeping intact their historic collection, period buildings and land for future generations. We call it the Tout Ensemble. Read more here.
We are also grateful to Ande' Moreau and Louisiana Public Broadcasting, and to Ruth Laney and our friends at Country Roads Magazine for their thought provoking news stories. Please allow 4 seconds for video to load to correct story.
In Pointe Coupee Parish, Pat and Jack Holden’s lovingly created tribute to life in colonial Louisiana is up for sale.
BY RUTH LANEY
“WE’RE INTERESTED NOT IN THE GRAND, TARA HOUSES
BUT IN THE MORE VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE,
THE CREOLE FRENCH EXPRESSION OF
THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED THERE,” SAID PAT.
ADDED JACK, “THE ANTEBELLUM PERIOD HAS BEEN DONE.”
Preserve our Louisiana History
We appreciate your spreading the word to potential buyers to keep this intact, ideally as a museum or research center.
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Friday, August 30
Celebrate the Launch of
Poppy Tooker's Newest Cookbook!
DRAG QUEEN BRUNCH!
BUY THE BOOK!
Saturday, September 7
COUNTRY ROADS SUPPER CLUB:
THE PONTALBA EXPERIENCE
Remember that time when Edwin Edwards dined at Versailles...
This is THE CABILDO! JOIN ME!
HERE'S ONE FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS!
Be sure to make your reservation now as
Country Roads Supper Club events sell out quickly.
See this blog post for more information!
Saturday, September 14
HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR
Louisiana Museum Foundation
Tour fabulous private homes and gardens in Pointe Coupée Parish including the Foremost Colonial French Collection of Architecture, Art and Furnishings in the world - the Holden Collection. Narration along the route by Eugene D. Cizek, FAIA. Emeritus Professor, Tulane University.
Within the Holden Collection, you’ll view a key Butterfly Man armoire to be featured in the upcoming exhibition,“Chasing the Butterfly Man.” Cybele Gontar, curator and decorative arts expert PhD candidate, American Art, City University of New York, The Graduate Center, will preview the exhibition, and the endless fascination for this mysterious cabinetmaker.
For tour details click the link below.
Limited Availablity - Book Now!
It is my great pleasure to announce a world class property! A French Creole tout ensemble: Maison Chenal, LaCour House and the Holden Collection of Antiques and Art are for sale in Pointe Coupée Parish, Louisiana.
Maison Chenal above & LaCour House below
Indisputably, this is the most important collection of Louisiana French Creole and Acadian decorative arts, furniture, portraits, and architecture in the WORLD! The collection reflects the extraordinarily rich international cultural transference from France, Canada, Spain, Africa, the Carribean, Mexico, England, and native America that emerged in the Mississippi River Valley from the early 18th century to about 1830.
The Holden Collection represents a lifetime of connoisseur collecting, with a keen focus, shared by Dr. and Mrs. Jack D. Holden. It has been their passion to preserve French Creole and Acadian culture in situ.
About 1,400 objects, made or used in Louisiana, comprise the Holden Collection. The real estate consists of 75 acres of mature landscape on a waterway with access to False River.
I am proud that the Holdens have been my mentors for most of my life; I could not have asked for any better.
I am also excited that Garden & Gun Magazine is featuring Maison Chenal, LaCour House, the gardens and the Holden Collection in this August/September 2019 issue - just released!
You are invited to view the extensive Property Information Packet. Additionally,
just below the packet, there's also "The Book," Maison Chenal & LaCour House Properties and Collections: A French Creole Tout Ensemble,
for even more history details.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to possess the quintessential French Creole tout ensemble offered at $3,850,000.
My best from Bourbon Street,
Peter W. Patout
Potential buyers must provide financial qualification before showing.
Historic Property expertise spurs success
I am grateful for my clients! Over the past 3 months, I have sold 3 major estates.
Two plantation are under contract. I have also just listed another historic home!
Enjoy the visual delights below associated with buying and selling these historic properties in Louisiana and Mississippi. Please stay tuned for another exciting announcement!
My client referrals have made this success happen and I would be honored to assist you.
My best from Bourbon,
trowbridge house - Just Listed!
I've always believed that you can't substitute the magic that living in a piece a history, what an older home, represents...Trowbridge House can fulfill that promise!
Built by Isaac Trowbridge and restored by architect Eugene Cizek in 1990.
ON THE MARKET in Franklin, LA for $295,000. See listing details here.
maison blanche - Sold!
Maison Blanche - Built in 1832 on Historic National Register
909 Second Street, Franklin, LA
Sold for $350,000
Wilton House - Sold!
1205 Fairview Avenue
Sold for $1.165M
Crawford Plantation House - Sold!
1839 Creole Greek Revival - Buyers Agent
Crawford Plantation House, on Bayou Teche, Franklin, Louisiana
BAyside plantation - Under Contract!
Coldsprings Plantation - Under Contract!
1805 Federal Style
Pickneyville Wilkinson County, MS
Arabi shotgun - Sold!
256 Friscoville Avenue, Historic Arabi
Sold for $161,000
Two national publications feature my homes
Julia Reed, and Garden & Gun....details below
Julia Reed celebrates New Orleans & south Louisiana culture in her new book. Front cover shot in my courtyard.
Julia Reed's New Orleans: Food, Fun, and Field Trips
for Letting the Good Times Roll
All photos are courtesy of Paul Costello Photography
It's an instant classic and should be part of any southern cookbook collection. I'm so excited for my dear friend Julia Reed's accomplishment. What fun it was to be part of her effort. So when Julia called asking to shoot a chapter in her upcoming book at my house in the French Quarter, my quick answer: Well of course!
I have to believe that we inspire each other. Years ago, Julia Reed walked into my antique store in the French Quarter. She fell in love with some esoteric prints of bugs. They were ridiculous. After all, who buys pictures of bugs? I did and she did! Then, I realized that she lived nearby and I closed the shop and went over there for a drink, and the laughs and good times have been ceaseless since.
Julia's classic Seafood Gumbo is below along with a Rum Pecan Pie. That's my kitchen stove and though it's something of a relic, countless memorable meals have been created in that galley-sized kitchen. Most days begin with a strong cup of chicory coffee made in the French drip pot sitting there on the stove. Of course, they're sweetened with natural cane sugar from my family's mill in Patoutville and it makes me think of my French heritage.
Julia Reed is a world-class tastemaker and has an extraordinary talent for bringing people together. The other New Orleans celebrations she includes are magical: phenomenal settings with wonderful dishes featuring her recipes along with favorites from prominent chefs and home-cooks...and, it's a great cultural read. Paul Costello's photos are the perfect accompaniment to her narrative.
I particularly appreciate Julia's love for my home in South Louisiana. And as she started thinking about her forays over the years with me in Cajun country (we've shared many great adventures!), she decided to include a chapter at my country house in Patoutville set amongst the sugar cane background.
She penned this sweet note to Patoutville:
There's no bad time to visit Patoutville, but it is especially beautiful in summer and early fall, when the sugarcane is wait-high in the fields. In late fall and winter, the trucks full of cut cane form miles-long lines at the mill and there's twenty-four hours-a-day drama as great clouds of smoke fill the sky.
Ancient Oaks at BAyside Plantation
My cousin's nearby Bayside Plantation, was another destination in this chapter. As a realtor specializing in historic properties, I'm representing the sale of Bayside (click the above Bayside link for more images and listing details.
The culmination of the South Louisiana photo shoot was this fabulous meal celebrated with dear friends. I love that Julia was inspired by Teche country artist George Rodrigue's Aioli Supper Club and chose to recreate that celebration in her book. It's based on old Creole Gourmet Society traditions....another homage to the rich culture of South Louisiana.
Among the most cherished compliments I've known,
shared here from Julia:
... she's first referring to George Rodrigue and her vision to recreate the Aioli Dinner from his painting:
I think the artist would have approved of our
gathering under the live oaks. He so respected the traditions of his ancestors, and Peter, with his
antiques-filled houses and love of the land,
honors the past and his own Louisiana history
with more joie de vivre and élan than anyone I know."
Thank you Julia Reed!
As always with you, life is a magnificent celebration.
I recommend: reed Smythe & co.
Beyond her book, you'll also want Julia's favorite items to enhance your life celebrations.
She and friend Keith Smythe founded Smythe & Company: artisanal goods for uncommon spaces.
See: Reed Smythe & Company
Wait: That's my house!
Imagine my surprise when I was leafing through the April/May issue of Garden and Gun and saw the image above - the painting of my Bourbon Street house!
The photo is part of a story about New Orleans artist and rum distiller James Michalopoulos by New Orleans (and Maine summer) resident writer Wayne Curtis.: The Colorful, Far-Out Vision of James Michalopoulos: The most recognizable painter in New Orleans is on a mission: to make sure the City doesn’t forget the artists who keep it funky.
Though it's a great read, I disagree with the caption's 9th ward mention. While there are other examples of Creole cottages with the same color scheme, I don't believe you'll find another bearing the same architectural fenestrations, the same morning glory vine along with the left placement of the lamp post, and the low red wall...elements which are all peculiar to my streetscape. I've not seen this painting before and am delighted to know it exists!
Peter Patout interviews another Natchoozian - a person that chose to move to Natchez. When Jack Kelly walked into Steampunk Coffee Roasters in pink cowboy boots, I knew I wanted to meet her! Meet Jack Kelly and learn why she chooses to call Natchez home.
This fanciful late Victorian house, was built by my great grandfather in the late 1890's. This is on the Enterprise Plantation.
Love the old fashioned “potato vine” on the Hippolite Patout, Jr. House!
"sugar & spice: the architecture & art of bayou teche, owen southwell, and tabasco's avery island" - a fall 2017 foray hosted by the ICAA-la
IBERIA PARISH, LA. From Thursday, November 2 to Sunday, November 5, 2017, the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art - Louisiana Chapter will host its first foray to the exotic Teche Country. "Sugar and Spice: The Architecture & Art of Bayou Teche, Owen Southwell, and Tabasco's Avery Island" is a premiere event celebrating the classical architecture, history, heritage and art of Iberia Parish, Owen Southwell, Bayou Teche, Avery Island and more.
As a native of Iberia Parish, where my roots run deep, I am excited to share this classical world of architecture and art of my beloved Bayou Teche country. Our foray participants will soon succumb to the exotic eden of café au lait-colored bayous, sugar cane fields and live oaks draped in festoons of Spanish moss. This foray is
an exposé to our national audience; one that will showcase the classical featurettes of our heritage in a scale never been seen in this area.
Highlights of this once-in-a-lifetime Iberia Parish event are:
SCROLL DOWN for a 38-page information packet that covers details such as schedule, registration, region/architecture history, lecture/lecturer topics, accommodation, et cetera. Click on the button below and purchase your ticket(s). ICAA-member and non-member prices available. Thursday, November 2 to Sunday, November 5, 2017.
BECOME A SPONSOR
We would be so honored to have your sponsorship for this foray and future ICAA-LA events. Thousands of people of across the country are invited to attend our event.
To become a sponsor at your chosen level, proceed by filling out and submitting the official ICAA Sponsorship Form, below. Details included in the form.
Check your air conditioning unit every summer for efficiency to beat the heat. There are State and Federal financial incentives such as renewable energy tax credits, special loans, and net metering if your system needs updating. Here are some helpful programs:
- Tax Credit for Solar and Wind
- Home Energy Loan Program “HELP”
- Louisiana Net Metering
Hiring a historic window specialist to glaze windows and secure their surround will help to sustain their longevity and efficiency.
- Don’t remove original windows, just repair existing ones!
Your house will expand or swell in the summer, just like everything else in the South. Harsh weather conditions will take effect, so make sure you plan according to make repairs to the masonry, brick, wood, or any other façade material after the peak of summer.
- Do any repair work toward the fall months after the severity of expansion has subsided.
- Spend summer months researching historic building specialists in anticipation of repairs. This is a great time to shop reviews and get quotes.