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Mr. Oscar Daigle, son of former Louisiana Senator, François Daigle, built this house. It is a fine example of the quintessential “Louisiana Prairie Queen Anne” style dwelling. The popular Eastlake spindle detailing along the porch eaves, places the building into the Eastlake architectural style. According to Daigle family members, the edge of the Francois Daigle Plantation was located near the North University Avenue and West Congress Street intersection. His property extended northeasterly just beyond Interstate 10 at Moss Street and extended westwardly to the town of Scott. Senator François Daigle also owned plantation property that extended beyond Scott to the Mermentau River. Not uncommon during the lean years following the Civil War, Oscar was able to sustain his large family by selling much of his father’s plantation property for household income. The Oscar Daigle House was originally built where Lafayette City Hall now stands, and was later moved to West Convent Street after that property sold. Oscar and his wife, Eliza Landry Daigle, had seventeen children, most of whom chose Catholic religious vocations. One granddaughter, Lois Daigle, became the wife of Louisiana’s former U. S. Senator, John Breaux.