Historic Evangeline Hotel

Evangeline Hotel

Built by a northern Louisiana investor in 1926, this modern hotel is the work of M. A.C. Glassell. Postcard from 1950.

Evangeline Apartments

National Register of Historic Places

The Historic Evangeline Hotel  Circa 1926 

302 Rue Jefferson Sreet, now provides access to a residence and 106 Rue Vine has become the Cité des arts de Lafayette.

Transition to Cité des Arts

Built by an investor from North Louisiana, Mr. A.C.Glassell, in the boom days of 1928, this modern hotel gave downtown its contemporary look with its Italian Renaissance Revival style. 

The site’s location in downtown Lafayette made it an ideal spot for a hotel, with close proximity to the train station and Dwyer’s Restaurant, a local favorite for breakfast and plate lunches.  

Elvis Presley and Ronald Reagan stayed at Evangeline Hotel. In the late 60’s, the hotel closed and the building housed offices for the Louisiana State Government, with a new one-story addition in the same style in the back, which now houses the “Cité des Arts,” an art and theater space. Today, this building is home to a senior apartment complex.

Beausoleil Books


The Whisper Room - 21  

The first independent bookstore and bar offers an intimate lounge. We provide a limited selection of high quality wines, charcuterie and cheese & desserts. 
After 6pm our entire store converts to a bar and you must be 21 to enter

Extract of
Lafayette History Tour

Lafayette History Tour image circuit

Presented by : Preservation Alliance of Lafayette

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