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Mr. Oscar Daigle, son of former Louisiana Senator, François Daigle, built this house. It is a good example of the quintessential “Louisiana Prairie Queen Anne” style dwelling. The Eastlake trim at the front porch was added more recently. According to Daigle family members, the southern edge of the François Daigle Plantation was located near the intersection of North University Avenue and West Congress Street. Daigle’s property extended north to just beyond Interstate 10 at Moss Street and westwardly to the town of Scott. Senator François Daigle also owned plantation property that extended beyond Scott to the Mermentau River. Oscar, being the only surviving child, was able to sustain his wife, Eliza Landry Daigle, and his 17 children for many years, by selling much of his father’s plantation property in exchange for household income. The Oscar Daigle House was originally built where Lafayette City Hall now stands, at 705 West University Avenue, and it was later moved across University Avenue to West Convent Street for a more convenient walk to Saint John the Evangelist Cathedral.