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Once one of many such homes in the state, the Bosco Plantation House is one of the only remaining such homes in northeast Louisiana.
Built in 1835, the 1.5-story Greek Revival cottage is located near the Ouachita River levee in southern Ouachita Parish. The house and its 5 bay gallery is supported by piles and concrete stones.
The gallery entablature is supported by six columns that were put in place during a 2008 restoration of the gallery porch. The gallery’s original porch and column have been lost due to severe deterioration over the previous century.
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The foundation supports of the main block are constructed of logs. Six-by-six beams have replaced the original supports under the gallery of the main block. The gallery ceiling has exposed beams and narrow panels.
The property is currently owned by Guy Kokinos, who discovered the house 20 years ago. The home’s previous owner was an elderly woman who was placed in a nursing home, Kokinos said.
“I found out about it in 2002, then I realized I couldn’t deal with it,” Kokinos said. “It was too much so I left him alone. A year and a half later, in 2003, early 2004, I contacted the nephew of the owner and he allowed me to move in and keep for one year.”
The house was covered in two layers of siding with the porch protected and a skylight added to the roofline, Kokinos said. When he finally purchased the house in August 2006, he began working on the historic property and discovered the original structure of the house.
“After I bought it, I started ripping things off of it,” Kokinos said. “It showed the Greek Revival shoulder around every door, window, inside and out.”
The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2009, a recognition that Kokinos worked hard to restore the nearly two-century-old structure to its original appearance. Originally, the house did not qualify to be listed on the registry due to changes the previous owner had made to the house.
Kokinos received the 2011 Honorary Award from the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation for his restoration of the house.
“I didn’t remodel,” Kokinos said. “I restored and replaced, never changing the original integrity and what people need to remember when they have these old houses. If you really, really care about the integrity of something, because a once you lose the old one, it’s gone.”
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