"Animal doors" at Laura Plantation. These were the central doors at a Creole plantation house, and were known as animal doors because they were generally left open so the breezes from the river could enter the house, and dogs and cats generally used them. Guests and others entered the doors to either side. Note the lovely woodwork on the lower panels. Much of the wood used in the house is local cypress, which is impervious to moisture and seems to last forever.