Smithsonian : Oak Alley One of America's Iconic Homes

What Are America’s Most Iconic Homes?

According to the National Building Museum, these houses, more than most, have impacted the way we live. In its newest exhibition, the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., takes on a topic near and dear to us all: home. As its title “House & Home” suggests, the show, which opened April 28, 2012, thoughtfully considers the difference between the physical structure and the sentimental idea. And the museum, via the Smithsonian Museum, has named Oak Alley Planation as one of ten iconic American homes.

“America is a house-proud nation,” says Thomas Mellins, an architectural historian and guest curator. Almost more so than anywhere else, he adds, in America, people see their homes as reflections of their inner selves.
 
Mellins named Oak Alley Plantation as one of the top ten iconic homes in America, and featured a model of Oak Alley in Smitsonian Magazine.  The model will be on display at the National Building Museum for several years.
 
Oak Alley, Vacherie, Louisiana. Architect: Gilbert Joseph Pilie. Built: 1836. (Model by Studios Eichbaum + Arnold, 2008. Photo by Museum staff.)