The Gueydan Museum
Built in 1902 and located on Main Street, the Gueydan Museum is on the National Register of Historic Places.
|This building was
constructed in 1902 by the Bank of Gueydan, a business organized in 1900
by Mr. John J. Neelis. Prior to 1902, the bank did business in offices in
the Louisiana State Rice Mill on Pasquiere Street.
In 1911 the second floor of the building became the office of the White Lake Land Company. This group of developers conducted business at this location until the construction of their own offices in the building now known as the Florence Hunting Club.
Later, the Southern Bell Telephone Company occupied the second floor of the bank. Gueydan had one of the first dial telephone systems in the state. The telephone company moved to its own building before the flood of 1940.
In succeeding years, several dentists, family doctors, the Gueydan Library and the Masonic Lodge were located above the bank. In 1966, the Bank of Gueydan moved to its new building across Main Street. The first floor of the old bank building was later used for law offices, Art & Craft Shows and the St. Peter's Care Center.
The building was sold to the Masons in 1980 for the intended purpose of renovating it for their Lodge. They later decided to construct a new building. In 1989, the Gueydan Museum and Cultural Arts Society spearheaded a community fundraising campaign to purchase this historic building. One year later, on August 16, 1990, the deed was transferred. On that day, the former Bank of Gueydan building began its new life as Gueydan's future museum.
The building has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Members of the Gueydan Museum and Cultural Arts Society have been working for over 20 years to renovate the building. The lower floor is complete. All of the windows on the second floor have been replaced with replicas of the original windows. Further renovations to the second floor are planned for the future so that the museum can open that floor for display area.
The Museum is open four days a week. The hours are:
Wednesday - Friday: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
View the Museum's website athttp://www.gueydanmuseum.weebly.com to find out about current and upcoming shows. The phone number is 337-536-0443. Email the Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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