THE OIL CENTER
Aerial view of the Oil Center circa 1953 – intersection of St. Mary Blvd. and Pinhook, current site of the Petroleum Club.
Envisioned as a “city within a city” by influential and forward-thinking Lafayette businessman, Maurice Heymann, the Oil Center is poised for redevelopment and is a designated Opportunity Zone. Read more about the future of the iconic district here. The Oil Center National Historic District, when approved by the NPS, will be within the state-approved Oil Center Cultural District. Historic buildings within Cultural Districts are eligible for Commercial Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits.
THE PANDEMIC ERA PRESERVATION
Unfortunately the home at 418 Garfield is no longer in existence for an inquisitive descendant of Marceline LeBrun.
One silver lining of this pandemic for me is that I’ve connected with distant cousins who live in Folsom, LA and north of me in Lake County (north of San Francisco.) They have many of the same 150 yr. photos that we’ve been able to identify together. [It is s]o frustrating that many photos do not have any info written on them.
May this preservationist’s journey inspire you to re-connect and preserve your family’s history, including the places that made it.