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Powers-Greves-Peres-George-Melanson House

927 Keed Avenue , Baton Rouge, , 70806 , Dated Posted: August 21, 2016



Circa 1840

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SOLDBuilt in the 1840s in the Beauregard section of old downtown, one of our citys oldest surviving homes retains all of its charm and most of its original material. In 1972, the home was carefully moved from Government Street to 927 Keed Ave., where today it remains an historic landmark in Goodwood. Believed to have been used as a hospital during the Battle of Baton Rouge during Civil War, the Powers-Greves-Peres-George-Melanson house has been lovingly updated, using much of the original materials. Almost all of its 150-year-old cypress exterior and brick piers are original. Much of the interior is original too, including heart pine and cypress flooring. And some of the material not original to the home was acquired from other historic places. For example, the magnificent antique front hall staircase dates to circa 1905, and came from Irion Hall at LSU. A set of French doors and transom windows in the great room also came from an historic LSU building. All hardware in the house is antique and came from the St. Charles Hotel in New Orleans. All interior trim in the home is old cypress, including tall baseboards, window and door frames, and panel doors. The home also features antique leaded glass in windows, doors and panels and some antique stained glass windows in great room. Most windows are original to the home and feature the original wavy crown glass panels. And for anyone who suspects that 1800s-era homes have to be musty and inconvenient, thats not the case here at all. The home is fresh and solid. Its like this home time-traveled from the 1840s to today, except it picked up every modern convenience along the way. Well start in the kitchen. SubZero refrigerators were uncommon in kitchens during the 1800s, and they didnt have Bosch dishwashers back then either. Granite counter tops, five-burner gas cook tops with huge custom copper hoods, and warming drawers were rare as well. What they did have and what this kitchen has too is an original corner masonry fireplace, a marble farm sink and beautiful antique cypress cabinetry. The home has six working fireplaces in all, including in the library, the master bedroom, the parlor, the formal dining room, the kitchen and the great room. The enclosed gallery features an additional indoor working fire pit. All baths feature Austrian marble wash stands and antique mirrors. Besides a fireplace, the dining room has a breathtaking antique crystal chandelier, as well as doors to the kitchen and living room. Iron entry gates on brick columns open to a circular drive in front that leads around a massive Live Oak. In the old days, riders would have gotten out of their carriages on the driveways brick apron and walked up six antique brick steps to the elevated porch. Four original walk under windows with original shutters are on the porch. These wonderful windows extend from floor to ceiling, and they can be raised in their sashes high enough to walk under. Having an autumn soiree? Raise the windows for ultimate guest flow to and from the front porch. Inside, the layout is typical for homes of the day. Large rooms are to the right and left of a central hall, which has passage to the back of the home. A custom antique wood staircase leads from the hall to the second floor, where two bedrooms are served by a full bath. One of the bedrooms has a sitting area so large that a second queen bed fits perfectly and opens with French doors onto a screened balcony. Its a unique setup made possible by lots of space. Another special feature of the home is a long solarium hall that connects to an L-shaped plant room. Nine plate glass panels make up this north wall of the home, providing the best possible views outside to the courtyard and immaculate landscaping. Massive trees make lots of shade, and theres even a mature fig tree that can supply breakfast for the new homeowner. Finally, near the back of the home, a big greatroom shares a coffered ceiling with a loft area that contains a wet bar

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