New Iberia in Iberia Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Sugar Cane Festival and Fair Building
This building, dedicated in 1951, was constructed with funds provided by the State of Louisiana. Designed by noted architect Owen J. Southwell, this local landmark, with its sugar cane mill inspired exterior and classic European Renaissance themed theater, was once the largest stage in Louisiana. The building's unique seating is constructed on metal frames curved to match the stage, allowing for the most advantageous viewing layout possible every other row of seats has a different width to allow alternating rows a view of the stage. This structure hosts a plethora of events culminating in the crowning of Queen Sugar during the annual Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival and Fair.
Donated by the Iberia Parish Government in honor of the citizens of Iberia Parish.
Erected 2012 by Iberia Cultural Resources Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Architecture • Parks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 30° 0.288′ N, 91° 48.449′ W. Marker is in New Iberia, Louisiana, in Iberia Parish. Marker is on Parkview Drive (State Highway 87) south of Kirk Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 Parkview Drive, New Iberia LA 70563, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Veterans Memorial Building (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frederick Larned Gates (approx. 0.3 miles away); Frédéric Henri Duperier (approx. 0.4 miles away); Becoming New Iberia (approx. 0.4 miles away); Félicité (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Original New Iberia Fire Bell (approx. 0.4 miles away); New Iberia (approx. 0.4 miles away); Saint Peter's College (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Iberia.
More about this marker. One of twenty-one trilingual historical markers (Spanish, French and English) located throughout New Iberia.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 24, 2016, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 256 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 24, 2016.