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Carencro’s oldest building to start a new life

Posted: 2:00 PM, Mar 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-04 23:26:54-05

The oldest building in Carencro will soon start a new life as a welcome center and museum.

According to a post by Stephen Juan Ortego, the city council voted to move the building to the corner of Veterans Drive and Church Street, then restored so it will be ready for use.

Ortego said he and Kathy Higginbotham met with Mayor Glenn Brasseaux to work out the plan.

“This Acadian cottage was here before the City of Carencro and the railroad. It was built on the Babineaux and Richard land claim in section 119 (established before the Louisiana Purchase),” Ortego wrote on his Facebook wall. “We estimate it being built in the 1830’s and was typical of the early Acadians. There are carpenter marks as Roman numerals and the walls are insulated with bousillage, a mud and Spanish moss mixture.”

Ortego also posted a photo of a similar cottage that has been restored and now lives at Vermilionville: