John Montgomery House
John Montgomery House
Built Circa Year: 1910
Address: 120 Dunreath Street
National Register of Historic Places: Lafayette Historic Register Number 094
Historic Register Listing:Designated April 18, 2013

This house was built by John McKenzie Montgomery (1886-1944) who married Nora Feray (1886-1978) of Abbeville. John was the son of Samuel James Montgomery (1829-1909), a Civil War veteran who in 1867 purchased Loudon Plantation, located southwest of town at the site of today Lafayette High School and S. J. Montgomery Elementary campuses. In 1868, Samuel married Anastasia Breaux (1847-1896) of Lafayette. The seventh of their ten children, John McKenzie, was a pharmacist who operated Doucet Pharmacy in downtown Lafayette throughout most of the early 1900s. The John Montgomery house features a common mix of architectural features, suggesting that it was modified during its early years. The asymmetrical roof is typical of the Victorian era, and the expansive front porch and prominent fire place are typical of the Craftsman style. The front porch columns were tapered, half masonry, Craftsman columns before they were replaced in more recent years. Architecturally, the house retains its original windows, doors, tongue and groove construction, and other period detailing. Additional historic significance is tied to the continuous ownership by family members of the original owners.