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University Gallery Exhibits Historic Local Photographs

Released: 10/20/2009

The University Gallery at LSU Alexandria will present a vintage photography exhibit of historic buildings in Rapides Parish beginning Friday with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. The event, which includes an informal concert of piano music and a gallery talk at 6:30, is open to the public without charge. The gallery is adjacent to the Student Center.

Roy de Ville, gallery director and professor of fine arts, said the photographs represent a “beautiful and nostalgic group of moments in time.” The photographs come from the Louisiana History Museum in Alexandria. Museum director Dale Genius selected the pictures, many of which are of buildings that no longer exist.

“One of the pictures is the former Alexandria City Hall constructed in 1909,” de Ville said. “It reflects the 16th century Italian architectural style of Andrea Palladio, whose work was the inspiration for Thomas Jefferson’s home in Monticello, Va.” Other pictures are of the original Bolton High School behind St. Francis Xavier Cathedral between 4th and 5th streets and the downtown Alexandria train depot that played a significant role in World War II troop transport.

“There are many memorable pictures in this exhibit, especially for Alexandria natives and those who have lived in this area for a long time. It also provides insight into the development of Alexandria,” de Ville said. “It’s quite fascinating, and it would not have been possible without the expert assistance of Dale Genius.”

Additional information about the exhibit is available from de Ville at 473-6449 or