Title page for ETD etd-06032014-155229

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Osborne, IV, James F
URN etd-06032014-155229
Title Danger Shelter Opportunity: The Coastal Fortifications of Nineteenth Century Louisiana
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Thompson, Kristine Committee Chair
Baggett, Lynne Committee Member
McClure, Ursula Committee Member
Neff, Thomas Committee Member
Ortner, Frederick Committee Member
Spieth, Darius Committee Member
  • third system
  • civil war
  • seacoast defense
  • masonry fortification
  • fort pike
  • fort macomb
  • fort proctor
  • fort jackson
Date of Defense 2014-05-06
Availability unrestricted
This document seeks to establish a contemporary record of the nineteenth-century masonry fortifications of the Third System whose continued existence in Southeastern Louisiana is in peril. Designed and implemented in the years following the invasion of Washington, D.C. during the War of 1812 by Napoleon Bonaparte’s chief engineer, Louisiana’s coastal forts represent the pinnacle of European, pre-modern-warfare military architecture. With their obsolescence secured by advances in technology in the mid to late nineteenth century, each was abandoned or decommissioned following the American Civil War. These historic constructed spaces that are each uniquely adapted to the land they occupy have never been formally or comprehensively photographed, though they have existed in varying states of ruin and decay for well over a century. Continued hurricane damage, neglect, lack of funding and public disinterest contribute to their impending non-existence. The series Danger Shelter Opportunity endeavors to preserve the physical appearance of these places and the nature of their entropy through photography.
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