St. Landry Parish Historic Prudhomme Home Financing in Decline

A small group of conservationists is seeking funding and perhaps additional community assistance to aid in their ongoing efforts to restore what many historians believe may be the oldest home in St. Landry Parish.

The nonprofit St. Landry Preservationists Inc. has been reduced to just a handful of older and active members and is practically out of money to carry out a number of important and overdue maintenance projects for the Michel Prudhomme Home in Opelousas, said organization president James Douget.

“There are quite a few things that need to be addressed that will help us at this time to preserve the house which is truly one of the recognized great architectural treasures in the parish and statewide,” Douget said after a meeting of the conservative group. at the Prudhomme Home Wednesday evening.

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An article published in the Daily World five years ago outlined the ongoing financial difficulties for the conservation group in taking care of the number of projects it then needed to preserve the house.

Nothing has changed since then with regard to the problematic home financing problem. If anything, Douget said, there is now significantly less money available.

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Membership in the conservation group that was founded 46 years ago has dwindled to less than 10 active members today. The group works to conserve and provide revenue for the Prudhomme Home, tucked in 1152 Prudhomme Circle, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places nearly 50 years ago.

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