Colomb-Chauvin House
Colomb-Chauvin House
Built Circa Year: Built 1921
Address: 424 East Vermilion Street
National Register of Historic Places: Lafayette Historic Register Number 80
Historic Register Listing:Designated September 16, 2010

The Colomb-Chauvin House is a single-story Craftsman style Bungalow, made popular by the American Arts and Crafts movement in California in the early 1900s. Characteristic elements of the Craftsman style are the wide gabled roof line, overhanging eaves with exposed rafter tails, and a deep, full-width front porch, supported by wood columns on square concrete piers. This historic home is constructed mostly of cypress, including the siding on the exterior façades. It derives its name from the Colomb family and the Chauvin family, who were the original owners through 2013. In 1920, Union Pacific Railroad engineer, Lewis Henry Colomb , at age 23 years, personally oversaw construction of the house using local carpenters. After Lewis’ accidental death, Mrs. Olma Colomb and the couple’s eight children, lived in the house for 61 years. In 1981, Albert Chauvin, Jr., purchased the property and maintained it in good condition for 32 years.