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Dr. Louis Bernard Long and his wife, Jeanne Comeaux Long, built this home at the very beginning of the Great Depression, in late 1929. It is one of the original homes built in Arbolada Addition, the first “planned” residential development in Lafayette. The home was designed by architect, Frederick J. Nehrbass, and constructed by J. B. Mouton, the longest-operating contractor in Lafayette. The Tudor style house is a good example of the “Revivalism” architectural movement. The house draws heavily on Medieval English precedents, featuring a steeply-pitched, front-facing, multi-gabled roofline thickly-cased windows, multiple small window panes, a prominent entrance gable, a four-centered arch at the front door, a prominent front chimney and ornamental, false half-timbering. Revivalism in America became a trend in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. By the late 1800s, the ornate excesses of the Victorian and Edwardian styles were becoming passé. In the early 1900s, people began migrating from rural areas into cities, and new homes were being built in suburbs. Prominent
architects teamed with home builders to offer affordable home plans in a variety of revivalism styles to a wider segment of the population.