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Bolduc, Louis, House

Ste. Genevieve, Missouri
County of Ste. Genevieve.
123 S. Main Street
National Register Number: 69000305
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling. The threat level was Watch in
2008.
Congressional District: MO-4 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: House Museum.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - April 15, 1970):
From about 1785 until his death, this was the home of Louis Bolduc (1734-1815), a prosperous lead miner, merchant, and planter, as well as a leading figure of the French village of Ste. Genevieve. The structure is an excellent and little-altered example of a French Colonial house of poteaux-sur-sole (posts on sill, with stone foundation) construction with bouzillage (clay and grass) wall filling.

Condition:
On-going threats to the Louis Bolduc House seem to focus on moisture related issues. A very close watch is kept on such issues by director of Louis Bolduc House, interpreters of Louis Bolduc House, and maintenance personnel.

Moisture: As a consequence of the excessive amount of spring rains, debris from the chimneys (3) consisting of mortar fragments blackened from soot and moisture has fallen onto the floors of the Louis Bolduc House. On the advice of Philip Cotton AIA and local roofer, some shingles were replaced and a problem with flashing was corrected. Moisture has also resulted in a fine line crack and some discoloration has appeared on one of the chimneys. A monitoring device (Crack MON) is being used to detect and record any future movement of the crack in the affected structure in order to remedy the problem. Discoloration will also be addressed using appropriate cleaning products and methods. Philip Cotton AIA will continue to advise us on this concern. Museum Lighting: Appropriate museum lighting by the Randy Burkett Design Lighting Company of St. Louis, MO was installed in the Louis Bolduc House in October 2006. Portable stanchions and ropes were also added to this NHL property. The two much needed improvements presently provide greater visibility for the visitor, as well as protection of and to the Louis Bolduc House and its priceless collection. Equipment Removal: During the flood of 1993, an agreement was reached on a request from the city of Ste. Genevieve and South Wester Bell Co. with the NSCDA/MO. The request allowed SBC to elevate the company's emergency communications equipment to the top of a building adjacent to the Louis Bolduc House. The agreement also included assurance that once the danger of losing the city's communication system was no longer a threat the equipment would be removed. The modern communication equipment was indeed a visual shock to the colonial landscape of this 18th century National Historic Landmark. The NSCDA/MO remained patient; the Urban Design Levee for Ste. Genevieve became a reality. The NSCDA/MO, the equipment was removed by SBC in 2007.


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