Prud’homme-Rouquier House

A national treasure, Prud’homme-Rouquier House, Natchitoches, LA, was built late 1700’s, is owned and maintained by Service League of Natchitoches, LA., Inc.

The Prud’homme – Rouquier House is located on property acquired by Francois Rouquier through a Spanish land grant between 1764 and 1800. In 1778, Rouquier married Marie Louise Prud’homme, daughter of Jean Baptiste Prud’homme.  This new home was actually a part of the marriage contract.  It was also a working plantation in town along the river, a rarity.The Prud’homme – Rouquier House was and still is, considered a showplace of its time, containing more elaborate architectural details than other structures in the area.

Photo Tour

The Parlour ~ This room and the dining room, on the first floor, and the two bedrooms on the second floor are the same size. All four rooms have matching fireplaces varying only in color. Note the mantel wraps around the fireplace, a feature common to Creole houses. Many wedding vows have been spoken before the fireplace in this parlour and many a good time has been passed!

Originally, the house was a traditional Creole cottage which consisted of two main rooms with a central hall and front and rear galleries (porches) on both floors.

The staircase was likely added when Judge Carr remodeled the house around 1825. It winds up 3 floors.
Ornate moldings and woodwork were probably added at that time also.

The popular Empire gold color is the paint color chosen for most of the home.

The secretary was donated by the Charles M. Cunningham estate. His grandparents were married in 1900 in front of the secretary at Melrose Plantation. It was then given to them as a wedding gift.

The Antique Empire Style Parlour Sofa is a focal point. You will have to visit to see the detail of the beautiful fabric! The pair of chairs are Empire period reproductions – made by the Signeuret Company of New Orleans.

The Prud’homme-Rouquier House was purchased by the League in 1976. The phases of major restoration of the home were made possible with several sources of funding. The Service League ten and now have utilized major fundraising campaigns to solicit individuals, businesses and corporations for contributions. The sale of the League’s award winning cookbooks, Cane River Cuisine, Louisiana Living, and Steel Magnolias in the Kitchen and other fundraising activities provide funds for maintenance and matching funds for grants.  Among them is the prestigious Save America’s Treasures Historic Preservation Fund, through the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service. Save America’s Treasures was a public-private initiative between the White House Millennium Council, the National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Unlike many houses of this national distinction, this beautiful national treasure has also been made available to the public as the venue of many wonderful occasions: weddings, anniversaries, conferences, parties and more parties. We hope that you will consider our beautiful House for your next very special occasion!

  • National Historic Register
  • Save America’s Treasures Awardee
  • Historic American Buildings Survey (online at Library of Congress)

Contact us.

PHONE

(318) 352 – 6723

ADDRESS

446 Jefferson Street

Natchitoches, LA 71457

The Prud’homme – Rouquier House