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Opelousas in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

La Chapelle House

circa 1840

La Chapelle House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, August 26, 2017
1. La Chapelle House Marker
The La Chapelle house stood at the corner of Union and Grolee streets in Opelousas for more that a century. Clerk of Court records indicate the home was built by Herbert La Chapelle, a French Canadian who moved to Opelousas where he purchased land on October 18, 1822. His daughter, Marguerite La Chapelle, sold the home January 31, 1846 to Jules Mistric.

The house was built by free people of color. The front part of the house has French doors and windows and a staircase called a garconniere in French. The garconniere is used to gain access to the attic, a place where the boys slept in these types of homes

From the 1800s to 1990, the home was owned by a succession of at least twelve families, including Bouvet, Husband, Pefferkorn and Perkins.

The house was used by the Opelousas Art League for several years. Eventually, the property was purchased by Dr. Van Christian, who later donated the house to the City of Opelousas. The Preservationists of St. Landry and the Opelousas Woman's Club provided funding for the structure to be moved to Le Vieux Village in 1991.
Erected by City

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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArchitectureSettlements & Settlers.
Location. 30° 31.903′ N, 92° 4.47′ W. Marker is in Opelousas, Louisiana, in St. Landry Parish. Marker is on East St. Landry Street (U.S. 190) east of South Academy Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 828 East St Landry Street, Opelousas LA 70570, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sugar Kettle, c. 1800 (a few steps from this marker); 19th Century Outhouse, c.1890 (a few steps from this marker); Union Pacific Freight Depot (a few steps from this marker); Louisiana Orphan Train Museum (a few steps from this marker); Emar Andrepont Store (a few steps from this marker); Venus House (within shouting distance of this marker); Doctor's Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Rosa B. Scott (Anderson) (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Opelousas.
More about this marker. The City of Opelousas Tourist Information is located on the grounds of Le Vieux Village Historical Park & Heritage Museum at the eastern entrance of Opelousas along U.S. Highway 190.
La Chapelle House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, August 26, 2017
2. La Chapelle House
Credits. This page was last revised on February 23, 2024. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 315 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 30, 2017.

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May. 23, 2024