Tulane BUNGALOWS exhibit enters final month

The Southeastern Architectural Archives at Tulane University’s exhibit on bungalowsTulane bungalows is coming to a close next month.  If you have not had a chance to see the exhibit and will be in New Orleans on a weekday before May 20th, it is worth stopping by.   During my visit I was surprised to see that Mississippi structures made up at least half of the exhibit.  Many of the bungalow designs were for Bay St. Louis, but other Mississippi towns with plans featured are Waveland, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, and Fernwood.  Here is what the SEAA website has to say about the current exhibit:

The Southeastern Architectural Archive’s BUNGALOWS exhibit is the first such to focus on Gulf Coast vernacular bungalow and cottage architecture.  Issues of stylistic and typological adaptation, sustainability and climate-specific design are highlighted with the use of original architectural drawings, historic photographs, building trade catalogs, material samples and subdivision surveys. The focus of the exhibit is on regional innovation and adaptation.

The exhibit draws on the holdings of the Southeastern Architectural Archive, the Garden Library of the New Orleans Town Gardeners, the William Ransom Hogan Jazz Archive, the Louisiana Research Collection and the Tulane Legacy Collection.  The exhibit includes architectural drawings recently conserved with the generous support of the Marjorie Peirce Geiser and John Geiser, Jr. Fund for the Southeastern Architectural Archive and the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library’s Preservation Unit.

Co-curated by Keli Rylance and Kevin Williams, BUNGALOWS opens 16 May, 2014  in the Southeastern Architectural Archive (SEAA) and runs through 20 May 2015.  The SEAA is located at 6801 Freret Street/300 Jones Hall, on Tulane University’s campus. Hours are 9-12 and 1-5 Mondays-Fridays.  Admission is free.

If you cannot make it down to New Orleans before May 20th the content for the exhibit has been made available online.  Click the two-part links below:


Part I

Click to access Bungalow%20Exhbit%20Online.%20Kevin%20version.%20Part%201.%2011-29.%20PDF.pdf

Part II

Click to access Bungalow%20Exhbit%20Online.%20Kevin%20version.%20Part%202.%2011-29.%20PDF.pdf

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SEAA BUNGALOWS exhibit poster, Jones Hall. 2015

This great exhibit is sure to give insight into Mississippi’s prolific (and favorite) architecture form.  If you enjoy the online version of the Bungalow exhibit please be sure to let the SEAA staff know at seaa@tulane.edu.


ed note: If the links to the bungalow exhibit are not working you can try visiting the South Eastern Architectural Archive’s webpage (https://seaa.tulane.edu) and searching for the exhibit under “past exhibits” (https://seaa.tulane.edu/outreach/past-and-online-exhibits)


Categories: Architectural Research, Asides, Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, Building Types, Gulf Coast, Historic Preservation, Ocean Springs, Preservation People/Events, Waveland

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6 replies

  1. That was really fun! It was like a mini history course, with pictures and plans, of course! Thanks for the tour.


  2. Oh my goodness! So much cool information. Thanks for sharing.


  3. What a treasure trove of great information! I had no idea there was so much going on with this home style. Really enjoyed learning about beginning of the bungalow and seeing all the different floor plans and elevations.


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