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Saturday, January 14, 2006

Vintage Lafayette photos

All right, finally a site with historic Lafayette photos. Check out Lafayette LINC's photo section. I could look at this kind of stuff for hours. I had been wondering why none of the Clerk of Court's stuff was scanned on their site, and I guess it was because they're letting these guys do it. Anyway, it's interesting to see all of the buildings and places that are no longer around. They have cool photos of the transit system and of the city in 1981, but the ones from the Clerk of Court collection are the best. Here are a few:


Broussard Feed and Seed building in 1981. That's the old Pussycat Lounge, from before it was used in a movie set (Southern Comfort). Supposedly, that building started out as a warehouse for Sears and Roebuck. The lowered area where Poster Children played was originally the loading dock.


Cool photo of the Jefferson Theater. I'm not totally sure, but I think this was where the parking lot is next to the Gordon Hotel.


I think this is all Teche Drugs and gifts now, but I think it used to have On Time Fashions on the corner.


The area behind the Jefferson Hotel (now elderly apartments) looks completely different.


Buckhorn Bar in the old Gordon Hotel. Last I remember, it was a beauty salon I think.


The website also has various urban development plans. According to the site, there are two approved alignments for I49 through downtown. One is down the existing Evangeline Thrwy alignment, the other will use the old railroad yard property by the old train station. If they use the railroad alignment, the old Pussycat is doomed. Of course if they use the other path, everything between the two sides of the thruway is doomed. A lose-lose situation.

8 Comments:

Blogger delshaz said...

i remember having to go to court for some reason and seeing all the clerk of court pics up on the walls... i stared at them for a long time... they're great... dennis, i'm glad you stuck these up...

8:41 PM  
Anonymous kc said...

the old pussycat was in the process of being torn down when i passed there a few weeks ago.

7:27 AM  
Anonymous kc said...

actually, it was in october when i passed by the old pussycat, and i took some photos. email me at kristiecornell at hotmail dot com and i can send them to you. if i think about it, i'll try to go by there this week and see what's going on with it now.

6:28 PM  
Blogger Great Boudenny said...

Jon J said the facade of the building was blown down in the hurricane. Maybe they were repairing it. I have a feeling that they'll probably rip it down though. Tis a shame.

10:49 PM  
Anonymous kc said...

a few pics in here from october. when i passed by shortly after that, the big pile of debris was mostly gone, but the rest fo the building was still there. didn't make it this week... soon..

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/kccornell/detail?.dir=7a2b&.dnm=317f.jpg&.src=ph

10:04 AM  
Anonymous kc said...

oops.. it didn't take the whole address. click on my 'kc'..

10:04 AM  
Anonymous kc said...

dammit, that didn't work either... copy and paste each line-

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph
/kccornell/detail?.dir=7a2b&.dnm=
317f.jpg&.src=ph

10:08 AM  
Blogger Great Boudenny said...

Kristie-
That link worked. That photo of the crumbled Broussard letters in the rubble is a cool photo. (Although a bummer that the facade fell off.) Your other photos are cool too.

10:36 PM  

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