Le Presbytère de La Chapelle des Attakapas, Vermilionville, LA
Good design is not merely an intellectual exercise, but rather the intersection of pleasing form with the requirements of a client.
— Steve Chambers, A.I.A.
By Stephanie M. Chambers
This cottage (c. 1760) attached to a chapel in Vermillionville, an Acadian heritage village in Lafayette, Louisiana has an exterior staircase leading to an attic garconniere where the young men of the family were required to sleep away from the women. The house was built on ‘poteaux sur solle’ (posts on soil), usually on cypress blocks due to the potential for flooding. While modest and utilitarian, this diminutive structure possesses the prototypical proportions and scale that exemplify the beauty of early South Louisiana architecture.