Very few buildings are still standing from the French
colonial period, with the exception of a few old houses and several military
forts, which were reconstructed about thirty years ago with the help of
the original plans.
A heritage restored
Some examples of historical reconstruction have recently been built, including Fort of the Alabamas, Fort Maurepas in Biloxi, Fort Saint-Jean-Baptiste in Natchotoches, and Fort Condé in Mobile. In Illinois, Fort de Chartresthe only stone military structure from old Louisianais undergoing reconstruction. Outside of New Orleans, there are several dozen houses from before 1803, dispersed throughout the enormous territory that was the old colony of Louisiana, notably in Mobile, Pascagoula and Natchitoches in Lower Louisiana, and at Sainte Genevieve and Cahokia for Illinois. Several large-scale buildings are also still standing, such as the Ursuline convent in New Orleans (1745), Fort de Chartres (Illinois, 1760) and the Saint Martin de Tours church in Saint Martinville (1765).