Zsolt Szenassi traveled to Natchitoches, Louisiana for his internship with the NPS HABS/HAER documentation program. Established in 1714 on the Cane River by Louis Juchereau of St. Denis, Natchitoches is the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase Territory. The downtown National Historic Landmark District encompasses 33 blocks, including more than 50 historic homes and buildings, outstanding Louisiana dining, and great shopping. Spending his entire internship in Natchitoches, Zsolt worked with the HABS team to document the facades of numerous buildings in the Historic District then returning to the offices at the NPS National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) to convert the field data to computer drawings employing HABS documentation standards.
"After spending fourteen weeks in the United States I can say that my expectations have been met. Our teams’ job was the documentation of Front Street in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The work didn’t pose too much problems, I acclimated real quickly to most of the conditions, except maybe the weather, thanks in part to the kindness of the locals and a pleasant work environment."