Lynn Guidry has been an advocate for the northern part of Lafayette Parish for many years. “For years, I have boasted that our part of the Parish is the prettiest part of Lafayette, and no one has ever argued with me.” Lynn was born in a small house that still stands on Hector Connolly Road 64 years ago, but grew up in what is now in the City of Lafayette, near the Tastee Freeze on N. University. He graduated from Cathedral in downtown Lafayette (class of 1966), and then USL where he gained a degree in Architecture. He met his future bride, Gayle, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, and they were married in 1969. They have two children, Anjanette and Martin, and two grandchildren, Chapin and Emory. Lynn’s 92 year old mom, Anita Guidry, lives in Carencro and is known as “the meat-pie lady”.
Next to his family, Lynn loves his profession. He has been a licensed architect since 1975, and has been the owner or co-owner of his own firm since 1978. His projects include Parc International & Parc Sans Souci, Carencro City Hall, Renovations to Lafayette High School Auditorium, the Council Auditorium at Lafayette City Hall, the Jr. League Building in River Ranch, Lee Verret’s State Farm office building, the Carencro Community Center, the Melancon Funeral Homes, and Northwood United Methodist Church. He co-authored the City of Carencro’s Performance Land Use Ordinance with UL Professor Tom Sammons, and is currently working with Tom on a similar study for the City of Youngsville. He is currently working on multi-million dollar projects in Lafayette, Carencro, Scott, and Texas.
Lynn’s hobby is politics, both as a spectator and as an active participant. He served on the Carencro City Council from 1982 to 1987, then on the Lafayette Parish Council from 1988 to 1996. Although he currently does not serve in elected office, he does not concede the possibility of running for office again. He continues to be involved in activities such as the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, where he served on the Board of Directors for six years, and twice as a Vice President. He was a member of the Premier Class of Leadership Lafayette (1987) as well as the Premier Class of the AIA Leadership Institute in Washington DC in 1997.
Lynn also enjoys public speaking, a skill he once feared more than death. He has developed a fascinating presentation on the history of Lafayette, which he has presented to almost every civic club in Lafayette, and most recently to the Kiwanis District Convention. In fact, Upper Lafayette’s first television show featured Lynn recounting our local history.