Parish architecture honored

  Two projects in St. Martin Parish garnered awards for their designers in the Independent Weekly’s fourth annual INDesign Awards announced in Lafayette recently.

Breaux Bridge architect Glenn Angelle’s firm won a Gold Award for the historic preservation of the “Buck Loft” in downtown Breaux Bridge. And Lafayette architect David Courville and interior designer Mollie Saucier won Silver Awards for their work on the Cade Community Center.

Angelle — who is also heading up the renovation of the St. Martin Parish Courthouse and design of an annex — was hired by Brenda and David Buck and their daughter, Heather Indest, to restore a Main Street storefront.

The building, which started out as Patin’s Pharmacy in the 1920s, consisted of a two-story brick shell. The design team used the exposed brick walls, truss ceiling and existing entry doors and windows to form the basis of the design.

“The client really wanted to do something special, to really take loving care of the historic building,” Angelle said. “By contrasting the old with the new we were able to provide an honest depiction of the building’s history while giving it life to serve our city’s future. It was a fun project.”

 This project is the only historic preservation project cited this year in the seven-parish Acadiana region, he noted.

Angelle Architects also won a Silver Award for the firm’s design of North Regional Library in Carencro on behalf of Lafayette Consolidated Government.

The nods to Courville and Saucier recognize their work on the 1,000-seat auditorium and meeting hall in Cade that was the crowning achievement of District 2 Parish Councilman Thomas Nelson before he went on to become mayor of St. Martinville. Work on the community center continued under Nelson’s wife, Dean, who held his seat on an interim basis, and continues yet under the stewardship of their daughter, Councilwoman Lisa Nelson.

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