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TALLULAH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Two buildings already on the  National Historic Register are being preserved to reclaim the legacy of this old deep-south city.  Steve Gustafson and several partners have renovated the original terminal at Scott Airfield.

"Right after the '27 flood.  John D. Rockefeller designed this building.  He had a military contract.  The military planes came in and practiced and bought fuel."

Scott Field was the home for research done in the twenties using airplanes to apply cotton pesticides.  Military pilots and government entomologists were concentrated here fighting the battle to control the boll weevil.   Gustafson and partners also have the replaced the twenties era-lighting system  outside the terminal.

"When I fly here at night this white building with the lights on...you can see it for 20 miles.'
Meanwhile, in the old downtown of Tallulah, another building is getting a facelift.  This building is based on an idea that came from Europe...the shopping arcade...and this was built in the middle of depression in rural Louisiana...some consider this style as a fore- runner of today's shopping mall.

"It was originally built in 1924...it has a great history...it used to have shops thru here...a lot of people remember shopping here as kids."

Using as much original material as possible, the old Blooms Arcade is being remodeled to accommodate 30 apartments units.

"We have the original plans and we're using them to re-construct the building."

Those plans bear the name of a famous Louisiana architect:  A. Hays Town of Baton Rouge.  

There you have just a couple of examples of how people here are reclaiming and preserving the past.

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