The antebellum South is celebratedin this beautiful book featuring over 100 full-color photographs of restoredplantation homes. The homes bespeak the grandeur of days gone by when plantationhomes were decorated exquisitely, furnished lavishly, and surrounded by vastacreages of lush croplands.Full-page photographs areaccompanied by text highlighting the history and outstanding architecturalfeatures of each home. The styles of the homes ae far-ranging and includeexcellent examples of Victorian Gothic, Colonial, Italianate, Acadian, andSouthern Classical architecture, with some homes combining two or more styles.Destrehan, Edgewood, Houmas House,Nottoway, Magnolia Mound, Oak Alley, and Shadows-on-the-Teche- all carefullypreserved and open to the public- are some of the 76 plantation homes featuredin Louisiana Plantation Homes: A Return to Splendor.Constructed from cypress and othermaterials from the surrounding land, the homes, built over 200 years ago,feature such details as soaring Greek columns, hipped roofs, dormer windows,balconies, galleries, ceiling frescoes, and formal ballrooms. Finishing touches,brought in by riverboats, include wall coverings, chandeliers, and marblestatuary.Preservation groups and ownersconsulted old documents, diaries, and personal papers as they meticulouslyrestored the homes that were ravaged by the Civil War. As a result, many of thehouses feature rooms decorated in their original colors displaying antiques fromthe appropriate period and re-creations of the original drapes.Paul and Lee Malone are native NewOrleanians whose love for the plantation homes of Louisiana led them to devoteuntold hours of their time preparing this book. Paul Malone is the pastpresident of the Professional Photographers of Louisiana and a member of theProfessional Photographers of America and the American Society of Photographers.Lee Malone wrote the text along with researching and verifying the historicalinformation.Malone, Paul is the author of 'Louisiana Plantation Homes A Return to Splendor' with ISBN 9780882894034 and ISBN 088289403X.