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Aillet House: Window to Our Past (1992)



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Port Allen, West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority, Sharon O. Kleinpeter Productions, Inc.

Date Issued: 1992-09-06

Duration: 00:28:44

Subjects: Architecture | CREOLES | HISTORIC PRESERVATION | Historic buildings | West Baton Rouge Museum


  • Courtney, Bob Narrator
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Edwards, Jay Interviewee
  • Bacot, Barbara Interviewee
  • Kniffen, Fred B. Interviewee
  • Gray, Sid Interviewee
  • Fricker, Jonathan Interviewee
  • Babin, Babs Interviewee
  • Macalusa, Carroll Interviewee
  • Beeson, Dave Interviewee
  • Hunt, Mary Ann Mora Interviewee


This documentary from September 6, 1992, focuses on the relocation and restoration of the historic Aillet House, a French Creole cottage built in the 1830s. It covers: the variety of Louisiana house types; the features of Creole houses; the architecture of the Aillet House; Dow USA’s role in saving the historic home; the move of the Aillet House from its original location to the West Baton Rouge Museum in Port Allen, Louisiana; and the restoration of the home. It includes interviews with: Dr. Jay Edwards, LSU anthropologist; Barbara Bacot, Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation; Fred B. Kniffen, LSU professor emeritus; Sid Gray, restoration consultant; Jonathan Fricker, Louisiana Division of Historic preservation; Babs Babin, Dow USA; Carroll Macalusa, Dow USA; Dave Beeson, house mover; and Mary Ann Mora Hunt, Aillet family member. Narrator: Bob Courtney