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Prudhomme-Begnaud House was designed in the Colonial Revival style, a style considered to be of truly American origin. The Colonial Revival architectural movement peaked during the post World War II period in the United States at a time of fervent patriotism. It was enlivened by the desire to romanticize the days in the United States prior to the Civil War. The popular sentiment at the time included a fascination with homes built by early settlers of English, Dutch, Spanish and French origin. Many Colonial Revival homes in South Louisiana were built to resemble antebellum Greek Revival structures of the 1800s. Prudhomme-Begnaud House was built by Gaston Mouisset to serve as Andrew Prudhomme’s residence sometime between 1903 and 1906. In 1941, Mr. Prudhomme sold the house to Louis Begnaud, the well-known founder of Mellow Joy Coffee Company in Lafayette. Today, the Prudhomme-Begnaud House serves as an holistic mind/body wellness center called the Camellia House.