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The Armand Broussard House is part of the Vermilionville Historic Village. It has been preserved as an authentic, early Louisiana French Creole house type. The house is one of the largest examples of colombage and bousillage construction still in existence. It was first built at Fausse Point in Saint Martin Parish, and it is one of the oldest existing French Creole buildings in Southwest Louisiana. At the time it was built, it was considered a large family home. The Armand Broussard House was built with all of the extra amenities available in the wilderness of Southwest Louisiana in the late 18th century. Some of these amenities include the deep front porch with chamfered posts and a floor plan featuring more than two rooms wide across the front, with each room having direct access to the front porch. Houses like this one were built with a shallow depth to maximize air flow through the house. The cornices and wood trim on windows, doors and at the edges of each wall, as well as wainscoting and chair rails are amenities that suggest the owners had some prosperity. Also, the “cabinets”, the name for small rooms that enclose either side of the rear porch, were also considered amenities for the more affluent.