A snapshot of the past preserved to educate the future.

LAKEPORT PLANTATION

LOCATION

Lake Village, Arkansas

COMPLETED

2007

PROJECT DETAILS

7,000 square feet
Built in 1858
Renovated entire Plantation in four phases

AWARDS

Historic Preservation Alliance Award

Lakeport Plantation is the last remaining pre-civil war plantation home in the state of Arkansas that still faces the Mississippi River in the traditional way. Begun in approximately 1858, Lakeport Plantation offers a rare peek into the state’s history that has the potential to offer visitors a glimpse into the livelihood of antebellum cotton plantations.

Constructed in the Greek Revival style, the most magnificent attribute is it’s grand scale. The historic structure also contains much of it’s original fabric which gives professionals today the opportunity to practice the best known means of conservation.

WER Architects worked with Arkansas State University on the extensive renovation of the plantation in four phases, over six years, to turn it into a museum and cultural center in Southeast Arkansas. Restoration efforts included a lab analysis of paint samples to accurately match the original colors and accurate refashioning of the plantation’s doors and rose-shaped window. Arkansas State University operates the site as a museum and educational center, with the house itself as a primary artifact. It is the philosophy of the Restoration Team (and endorsed by the university) that furnished houses have been done well in other places.

Arkansas State University Lakeport Plantation Museum and Educational Center

Rather than create another “pretty house,” or one in which representative furnishings substitute for the original, this restoration and interpretation focuses on the lifestyles and relationships between the people who lived and worked at Lakeport—as slaves and masters, as tenant farmers and land owners.