Thursday, June 22, 2006
Here's "Miss Rosie's Bar" the latest lifesize sculpture to grace Lafayette. Miss Rosie and one of her customers are portrayed by artist Al LaVergne. "Miss Rosie's Bar" was recently placed in front of the Lafayette Visitor Center just off Interstate 10 on the Evangeline Thruway into Lafayette.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Saturday, June 17, 2006
This is a sculpture in the drive-thru of an abandoned banking institution in downtown Lafayette. The piece was pretty avant-garde for Lafayette when it was first displayed in the early 1950's. Now the building sits vacant and the sculpture has been abandoned. I have not been able to determine the creator.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Here's the welcome sign at the Alexandre Mouton House Museum. Mouton was the first Gov. of Louisiana. With a staff of one you can see why you have to ring the bell for admittance! It is a beautiful house on nice tree lined street. Workers were painting the outside the day I shot this. I'll return for another more encompassing view once the painters have finished.
After downtown Lafayette went through the phase of urbanization and most of the businesses moved to malls it was hard to find homes downtown. Now more small boutique type businesses are opening and some of the owners are moving in upstairs. A slight European feel is coming to downtown with a much slower pace than in the outlying areas. This terrace garden is in the rear of home over a lawyers office.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Antler's is a downtown pool-hall that survived the 20th century. This is an institution that made it through the years when "pool" wasn't cool! The 50's were good to the business, the 60's and 70's were probably not very good to it but it managed to make it through the 80's and in the 90's was bought and converted into a pool-hall/ live music venue by night and a "home cooked" meal establishment by day. The place flourishes today with downhome food during the day and live music ( mostly blues ) on Friday and Saturday nights.
Monday, June 12, 2006
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Friday, June 09, 2006
Mello Joy was a locally owned coffee company that stopped production in the mid 1960's. About five years ago descendants of the original owners revived the name and started production again! Since then they've opened three coffee shops and seem to be doing well. The coffee is not nearly as "heavy" as European brands but more suited to South Louisiana tastes than some other national USA brands.