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Skip to main content. Closed for Holiday. Jul 4, The Shadows will be closed Thursday, July 4th for the holiday.
We will reopen on Friday, July 5th It was completed in David never lived here but died in New Haven, Connecticut. He is buried there in Grove Street Cemetery. Shadows on the Teche. GPS Coordinates: Drag images here or select from your computer.
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Already have an account? Sign in. The seven bay entrance facade is located on the south front and is made up of eight full-height Tuscan columns of white-plastered brick standing on high square bases, that support a second-floor gallery or veranda , and topped by a Doric frieze. An exterior staircase is located on the left side of the front gallery that is hidden behind green painted louvered panels that are found on each side of the gallery.
Three pedimented dormers are found on the gabled roof, that is pierced with two symmetrical brick chimneys on the ridge line that flank the central dormer. The north facing rear facade features a central, two level open loggia that is enclosed on three sides by the house, flanked with double fenestrations on each level.
The loggia is accessed on the ground floor by triple brick archways, where to the left, a narrow staircase leads to the second level with double white columns helping to support the frieze at the top of the house, and enclosed by a banister. Three pedimented dormers are found on the roof identical to the front. The house has a traditional Creole plan on both floors, with three rooms across the front and two rear rooms flanking the loggia.
On the first floor, the dining room, with a black and white checkered marble floor, occupies the center of the house. None of the ground floor rooms are accessed by interior hallways, and must be entered via the front gallery or the loggia in the rear. On the second floor an ornate parlor is centered in the middle and is flanked by the master bedroom on the left, with adjacent sitting room and secondary bedrooms on the right. The interior walls are covered with wallpaper, while the cypress doors were painted to simulate oak and the fireplaces were finished to appear like marble.
East Coast. The grounds were laid out by Shadows-on-the-Teche's last private owner, William Weeks Hall, who established gardens formed by boxwood hedges and aspidistra walks, that included live oaks , bamboo , camellias , azaleas , and other plantings.
To the north, between the house and the bayou, is a summer house built in , as a focal point to the gardens, designed to mimic the arches on the rear facade of the house. Elsewhere on the grounds is the Weeks family cemetery that contains the remains of four generations of the family, with the last burial for William Weeks Hall who died in Shadows-on-the-Teche was built on a tract of acres on the edge of one of Weeks' plantations in the parish seat of Iberia Parish.
As a town house, Shadows-on-the-Teche was designed for social life and entertainment. It is said that, at the time of its construction, Shadows-on-the-Teche was only the third brick house to be built on Bayou Teche. The Weeks family began to suffer from a series of family tragedies almost at once after the completion of the house.
Planter David Weeks, who became chronically ill while Shadows-on-the-Teche was being built, died in August in New England while seeking medical attention.