We live in a very old and historic state, and we have magnificent buildings to prove it. Some of the beautiful homes and businesses across Louisiana have survived for a century or more, and they are a fascinating look into out past.

Only in Louisiana has reminded me of some of these gorgeous architectural wonders, and if you are looking to teach your kids a history lesson, and have a little fun at the same time, take a spin by some of these this summer!

  • Old State Capitol Building, Baton Rouge. Known as 'The Castle'
  • Wolf-Schlesinger House, St Francisville. Now the St Francisville Inn
  • San Francisco Plantation, Garyville. Almost demolished by the Army Corp of Engineers, by was saved by preservationists at the last minute
  • Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprises, Lafayette. This building located on Cajundome Blvd changes colors for events and seasons, and was built in 2006
  • Riviere House, Pierre Part. This historic home on the Belle River is now a Bed & Breakfast
  • Pontalba Buildings, New Orleans. These buildings that line Jackson Street in the French Quarter are familiar to just about anyone who has ever visited the oldest neighborhood in the state
  • Strand Theater, Shreveport. Also known as the State Theater of Louisiana, the interior is gorgeous and extremely ornate
  • Edwin Epps House, Alexandria. Built by Solomon Northrup who later wrote '12 Years a Slave'.
  • 'Wedding Cake' House, New Orleans. Built in 1896, this is now a private residence and looks like the top layer of the cake!
  • UL Lafayette Art Museum. This is the perfect example of the A. Hayes Town style of architecture throughout Louisiana.
  • Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, Natchitoches. Designed by the world renowned firm of Trahan Architects
  • Old City Hall, Lake Charles. Built in 1911, and now used as an art gallery
  • 'Make it Right' House, New Orleans. Part of the area in the Ninth Ward renovated by actor Brad Pitt after Hurricane Katrina
  • Doullet House, New Orleans. Steamboat inspired architecture that was on display at the 1904 World's Fair.