Moss Building has lived many lives as a pharmacy phasing out to be a sandwich shop with many community leaders coming out of its walls.
This intersection of Vermilion and Jefferson use to be the economic and commercial center of Lafayette. You are in the heart of downtown Lafayette, a city Jean Mouton could’ve only dreamed of when he separated his land into lots at the beginning of the 1800s. Stories of Lafayette surrounds you here; Gordon Hotel, the Buckhorn Bar, and next to it the Jefferson Theater that was demolished in the 70’s; across the street, the First National Bank with its sculpture of General Lafayette (which is now part of the Acadiana Center for the Arts); and then Antlers’, the restaurant that used to be the jazz haven for University of Southwestern Louisiana’s students (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette).
In 1900, P.E. “Pa” Davis opened a pharmacy in this building, renting space from Dr. Moss. Davis was one of the founders of the Boy Scout movement in Acadiana. This is where the first Police Jury of Lafayette Parish had its first meeting. Pa Davis brought the first soda fountain in Acadiana to his business. His soda sold for $0.05, a nickel. Local schoolboys would work for him. This is where they got involved in civic activities.