Take a Peek at the Pitot House

The home was one of several small country residences or plantation houses erected along this section of Bayou St. John at the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth century when the extensive plantation of Don Santiago Lorreins was subdivided. The home is perfectly suited to the hot, humid environment of Southern Louisiana.

The Pitot House is surrounded by round plastered brick columns that support the galleries above. The home also showcases a lovely parterre in front consisting of several lush garden beds arranged in symmetrical patterns.


Galleries and loggias were important outdoor living spaces when the house was built. They still provide comfort and protection today.


The Salon or Parlor would have been used for entertaining and family activities. Families would have played games, read, talked, sang, and played musical instruments here.


The Winter Bedroom has a lovely wrap-around mantel and would have been dressed with drapes and rugs to keep it warm during the cooler months.


The Summer Bedroom is sparsely dressed to accommodate the hot summer months when heavy drapes and linens were taken down and stored.


The Red Cabinet off of the back loggias had many uses over the years. Cabinets were used as bedrooms, offices, and keeping rooms. The bed is a “rope” bed that would have needed tightening regularly.