New Iberia in Iberia Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
The Gouguenheim Building
This building, having a second story gallery which extended over the sidewalk, was largely responsible for preventing a disastrous fire from spreading throughout the Town's business district. As flamed destroyed the block just east of here on the night of October 10, 1899, firemen decided that the best opportunity to contain the inferno would be here at Iberia Street. The decision was based on the fact that this building with its stucco walls and metal roof was more fire resistant than any neighboring structure. Thus, as the fire raged ever closer, firemen pumped water onto this building to prevent it from igniting.
Donated by the George J. Trappey Family in loving memory of Barbara Tomlinson Trappey
Erected 2008 by Iberia Cultural Resources Association.
Location. 30° 0.356′ N, 91° 49.107′ W. Marker is in New Iberia, Louisiana, in Iberia Parish. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (State Highway 182) and Iberia Street, on the right when traveling south on West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 West Main Street, New Iberia LA 70560, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Steamboat Era (a few steps from this marker); Provost's Café and Bar/Clementine Fine Dining and Spirits Wormser's Department Store (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Fire (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lieutenant Colonel Francisco Bouligny (about 300 feet away); William G. "Bunk" Johnson (about 300 feet away); James Lee Burke (about 300 feet away); Evangeline Theater (about 400 feet 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.
Categories. • Disasters • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 17, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 87 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 17, 2017.
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