Lachin Ornamental represents five generations of ornamental plasterers in New Orleans. Thomas Lachin and his sons Albert Lachin and Angelo Lachin are artisans in plaster, cast stone and composite ornamental castings.
Lachin's specializes in ornamental plaster restoration and custom designed originals to your specifications. Our work can be seen in bank lobbies, theaters, churches, public buildings, and private homes throughout the South.
Lachin's offers numerous styles of ceiling medallions, mouldings, fireplace mantels, columns, capitals, ceiling domes, finials, balustrades, fountains, and other plaster and cast stone decorations. Many ceiling medallions are original designs by the Lachin family, although we also carry authentic reproduction pieces from historic antebellum homes and plantations.
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New Orleans Bank Buildings:
First N.B.C. Bank
New Orleans Hotels:
Omni Royal Orleans
New Orleans Churches:
Greek Orthodox Church
St. Anthony of Padua
New Orleans Restaurants:
Andrea's Restaurant Capri Blu Bar
Mr. B's Bistro
Also in New Orleans:
Captain Walton's House
Latrobe's on Royal
L.L.& E. Bldg. Poydras St. (Chevron over Entrance Doors)
Our Mother of Perpetual Help (Buzz Harper's former residence on Prytania St.)
Piazza d'Italia Poydras St.
Wedding Cake House St. Charles Avenue
Wahnn-Bohn House Esplanade Avenue
Greek Church Malbis, AL
St. Mary's Catholic Church Natchez, MS
Ashland Plantation (Belle Helene) Darrow, LA
Belle Alliance Plantation Donaldsonville, LA
Bocage Plantation Darrow, LA
Dunlieth Plantation Natchez, MS
Houmas House Plantation Darrow, LA
Monmouth Plantation Natchez, MS
Nottoway Plantation White Castle, LA
Oak Alley Plantation Vacherie, LA
Rosedown Plantation St. Francisville, LA
Sedgewood Plantation Flora, MS
Old Natchez Inn Natchez, MS
Tandy Center Hotel, Ft. Worth, TX
Cherokee House Natchez, MS
Hemingbough St. Francisville, LA
Magnolia Hall Natchez, MS
Prentiss Club Natchez, MS
Ravenaside Natchez, MS
Shah Residence Woodlands, TX
The Towers Natchez, MS
My great-grandfather's father, Angelo, was a mason. Legend has it that the Lachins actually worked on St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice. My great-grandfather, Giovanni, was injured in an accident when he was 19. He could never climb the scaffolds. After that he went to school and studied under a master sculptor in Venice.
My grandfather primarily taught me how to make molds and how to cast and finish. As you are learning, they teach you the different styles and theories. I did a lot of research on my own. As far as repairing and restoring, that is something that I got into on my own. We were primarily a fabrication shop. There were times that they would go out and do some installation. Earlier, before my father, my great-grandfather and grandfather used to go around to different cities and do sculpting and mold making on the job. They would cast and install. This was early on. My great-grandfather and several German artists and craftsmen, they all worked tighter.
My father Albert Lachin was a sculptor, but he was a sculptor in clay — a sculptor and ornamental plasterer. My father and his brother and my grandfather really pioneered the cast-stone business. The majority of the Catholic churches, the ones done since the teens through the 1960s, my family probably had something to do with it, as far as sculpting the statuary and doing the interior plaster and the exterior stonework. St. Rita's at Walmsley and Fern, right off of Carrolton. The majority of the Catholic churches, fifty or sixty of them. Pretty much all the stone work in Audubon Park, they did. FNBC Bank, the Saenger Theater, Longue Vue Gardens. . . . You name it; if it is cast stone or decorative plaster, we probably had something to do with it.
I like it all. I like to design. I do enjoy the moldings. I really enjoy reproducing a lot of these early 1840s Italianate style ornaments, which were made by some fabulous craftsmen. ----Tommy Lachin