Star Spray Foam Systems, LLC has been awarded the opportunity to spray foam on the sub-floor of the oldest home in St. Tammany Parish by Axcess Construction Group, Inc. Jason Van Haelen contacted Brad Harris in regards to the proper way for installing spray foam insulation to the sub-floor of the home previously owned by Francois Cousins, a French Naval Admiral commissioned to oversee the Louisiana Purchase. Records note that the house dates back to 1726 and was part of a land grant given to Admiral Cousins for his role in over-seeing the transition of power from Spanish to French rule. It has been discovered that during this transitional period, Admiral Cousins discovered by way of the local indians how to make bricks with the local clay in the area. It has also been discovered that after the French Quarter had a second massive fire in 1794, that Admiral Cousins recommended that all partitioning walls in the quarter separating buildings be rebuilt with brick. So goes the story of how Francois Cousins then built three large schooners that traveled along the bayou liberty to lake ponchartrain and then through bayou St. John all the way to Basin street canal, now known as Canal Street to off load the bricks. His brick company was sold after his death to Peter W. Schneider who in turn founded St. Joe Brick company in 1891. Pictures have been placed in the gallery for your enjoyment. Some pictures still show the ponds, which are actually clay pits from which the original brick clay was dug by local indians. Also, on the site today, remains the kiln mounds where bricks older than 200 years can be seen protruding through the ground. The site is private and not open for public viewing. History record: According to records, Peter W. Schneider acquired a small hand-operated plant. St. Joe Brick Works, Inc. has been under continuous family operations for 106 years. This plant located 40 miles north of New Orleans is the oldest family brick manufacturers east of the Mississippi River making colonial moulded face brick using wood moulds. St. Joe Brick Works, Inc. is one of only a very few brick plants that uses the soft-mud process of making brick in which the clay is formed into individual bricks in a wooden mould as was done in the early colonial period. It is so unique in its color and texture characteristics that architects have specified its use in many areas as distant as Massachusetts, New York, Northern Michigan, and Minnesota. It has been used extensively by the Bell Telephone System, Rice University of Houston, and Texas Instruments of Dallas. Many churches and architectually designed structures have been constructed with this material because of its characteristic aging qualities, although more modern buildings such as the Savannah Hilton in Georgia, The Hockaday School, Pan American University, St. Luke’s of Houston, Broward Mental Hospital, of Hallendale, Florida, the Heyman Oil Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, and the Botantical Gardens at Atlanta.