Take a look inside the LSU French House after its $5M facelift

(Photography by Tim Mueller)


101 French House, LSU campus

Owner/Developer: LSU

Architects: Tipton Associates

Contractor: Cangelosi Ward

Cost*: $5 million

Year completed: December 2015

Use: The French House is one of the oldest buildings on the LSU campus, and now it’s also one of the nicest thanks to a $5 million facelift. Crews recently completed an extensive renovation of the French House, a Renaissance-style chateau that was originally built in 1935 as a center for the study of French language, culture and literature, and now houses the university’s Ogden Honors College. Renovations included a piece by piece remodeling of each floor, according to LSU, and an old, unused café was transformed into a student lounge. In addition, crews restored the French House’s Grand Salon, a central ballroom space used for large gatherings. Classroom space in the historical structure was expanded by some 50%, with an eye on both keeping the building’s classic style while integrating cutting-edge technology.

*Information is for renovations, not construction of the original facility.

FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION: “Working and teaching in the French House is an absolute joy. It combines Old World charm with modern design, and was purpose-built as a place to learn by doing, in small seminar classrooms. I just left a concert in our Grand Salon by a campus woodwind quintet, and the acoustics were wonderful. I am both honored and thrilled that the people of Louisiana have chosen with this renovation to invest in our state’s best and brightest students.”

—Jonathan Earle, dean, LSU Honors College

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