Mary Tutwiler

French architecture talk at LEDA

by Mary Tutwiler

Historic buildings stand all around us. Next time you’re driving down Pinhook, take a good look at Cafe Vermilionville. The two story building is a rare early 19th century example of French Louisiana architecture remaining on the busy corridor. Both the Acadian Village and Vermilionville house collections of early Louisiana structures. But if you’d like to learn more about our architectural history, Paris-based author Ronald Katz will be speaking tomorrow about the history of French architecture in America. The lecture, sponsored by the Alliance Française de Lafayette, will travel through the heart of French America, from the early Huguenot settlements in New York and South Carolina, down the Mississippi, and to our living French culture in Louisiana. Katz’s 2005 book, French Architecture in America is the basis of his talk, and is filled with illustrations of America’s great buildings, including many here in Louisiana. The talk is at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday October 1, at the Lafayette Economic Authority (LEDA), 211 E. Devalcourt St. The lecture is free to the public. For more information, call the AFL at 261-1002.