LAFAYETTE, La. (KPEL News) - Have you ever strolled or driven through Lafayette and thought about the potential origins of our city's intriguing infrastructure?

You’re definitely not alone. There isn't a day that goes by that we don't wonder about the "whys" and "hows" of some of the landmarks and buildings in and around Lafayette.

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Lafayette and the broader Acadiana region are brimming with buildings and landmarks that range from awe-inspiring and jaw-dropping to downright perplexing. Some structures make us marvel at the creativity behind them, while others leave us scratching our heads, wondering how they’ve stood the test of time.

What Is a Wonder?

A building or landmark becomes a local "wonder" by embodying unique qualities that captivate and inspire the community. These wonders typically boast distinctive architecture or historical significance, setting them apart from everyday structures. Architectural marvels often feature innovative designs, exceptional craftsmanship, or striking aesthetics that draw admiration and curiosity.

Historical significance adds another layer, with buildings or landmarks serving as tangible connections to the past, telling stories of cultural, social, or economic importance. They often become symbols of local identity and pride, fostering a sense of community.

Additionally, a local wonder may also offer practical or cultural benefits, such as being a hub for community events or a popular tourist attraction. The combination of visual appeal, historical value, and community impact makes these buildings or landmarks cherished icons within their locales, earning them the title of a local "wonder."

Among the most notable landmarks in our area, both natural and man-made, a select few have achieved iconic status.

Do you think we’ve missed a notable landmark? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear your insights and additions to this list of Acadiana’s most remarkable sites.

The Seven Modern Wonders of Acadiana

These landmarks in and around Lafayette leave us in awe and, in some cases, make us think what their designers were thinking.

Gallery Credit: Joe Cunningham

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