Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Garconnière

A commenter on the post earlier today on the OffBeatHomes-featured treehouse suggested it was a modern 'garconniere'. Garconnières have a variety of purposes. In Louisiana, they are structures in plantations that housed the adolescent sons of the plantation owners. Here's a fine example above, courtesy of Coleen Perilloux Landry (whose other photos are well worth exploring) on the Houmas House plantation in Darrow, Louisiana. Interestingly, La Garconnière is also how the Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine film The Apartment is translated into French since it can also mean a bachelor pad. It would also of course be a marvellous place to do some serious shedworking.

6 comments:

  1. thats interesting...
    Im recently considering to build a house out from shipping containers... quite trendy technique recently


    Regards,
    Woy

    (www.dayblender.blogspot.com)

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  2. What a cool shed...I think I say that every time I come by your place to read whatever you have posted about.

    I'm going to fix up our shed. Our tools will still be all that live there, but it will be nicer outside.

    I posted a picture of the poor thing yesterday on my blog. I'll post another when I get it in a little more presentable shape. Never will it be anything like the garconniere deal though.

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  3. Beautiful! I could have one of those!!

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  4. woyteach, if you type in cargotecture or containers into the search thingy at the top you'll find plenty of info elsewhere on the site. Another good place to look for container living is the wonderful materialicious (also Treehugger and Inhabitat).

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