The Gordon Hotel was the masterpiece of what was to become and that made Lafayette prospers—a hotel downtown. Its historical importance was the dream of the business community, the Lafayette Improvement Association, since the 1890’s and it became a reality in 1904.
The hotel symbolized the development and prosperity of Lafayette with an investment of $100 000. This magneficient building was finished in 1904 and consolidated the heart of downtown businesses at the corner of Vermilion and Jefferson Street.
From the start, Gordon Hotel hosted great celebrations and conventions. It might have taken its name from a great activist in the Suffragette Movement from New Orleans when they had their major convention in 1914 in town.
The hotel had a jewelry store, a barber and a famous bar, the Buckhorn Bar, known throughout the Second World War as the place to be. Many Hollywood Stars sat at its counters and tables.