Posted: Nov 14, 2011 10:23 AM by Rachel Frost
Updated: Nov 14, 2011 10:23 AM
ST. BERNARD - An LSU architecture professor and a group of students are investigating the ruins of Fort Proctor in St. Bernard Parish. The team is working to document every aspect of the fort through drawings and photographs that will be archived in the Library of Congress.
The fort, originally build on land, is now surrounded by water and sits near the shores of Lake Borgne.
The United States Military built Fort Proctor in the 1850s. Architect J.G. Totten designed the fort and P.G.T Beauregard supervised the construction. The fort was supposed to be used to protect the waterways leading to New Orleans, but that never happened.
"The history of the fort is bizarre because it was complete in design work, so there were drawings that said it was going to look like this. But it didn't get that way because it was left half done," Ursula Emery McClure, LSU School of Architecture Professor, said.
The fort was left half-built because a hurricane plowed through the region during its construction. Nearly 150 years later, hurricane Katrina did even more damage to the fort.
The investigation of Fort Proctor is funded by two grants totaling more than $77-thousand. One grant is from Louisiana's Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism; the other is from the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio.
When the project is complete, the students involved will submit their work for the Peterson Prize, which is awarded for the best measured drawings of a historic building.