modest cypress weatherboard-covered brick-between-post
creole cottage with a double-pitch roof, once slate, was
built by Joseph Prieto, free man of color, soon after
Prieto died in the house after writing a will in
1836, arranging that the ultimate sale of the house in
1841 for $5000 finance the purchase of his nephew's freedom
and the purchase for emancipation of certain of Bernard
de Marigny's slaves, the children of Marie Jeanne, free
woman of color, and wife of Joseph Mandeville.
executor for the deceased 71-year-old Prieto was his neighbor,
Jean-Louis Dolliole. The will directed Dolliole to free
seven of Prieto's slaves, who probably lived in the service
building behind the house.