The 5,748-square-foot home at 6595 Pikes Lane is one of the last residences designed by A. Hays Town, and the legendary Baton Rouge Architect left no doubt about his intentions for the home. Antique wood, old bricks, lots of copper and more antique wood are hallmarks here. These vintage Town features add up to a spectacular home on a 2.8-acre lot in Moss Side Place, just off Perkins Road.
The tall slate-roofed New Orleans/French style home is whitewashed brick on the outside and classic materials on the inside. Massive old cypress beams, antique pine plank floors, cypress cabinets, cypress interior doors and lots of interior brick are all Town trademarks. Designed in a U-shape around a brick fountain courtyard, the home has a timeless feel, with undeniable quality.
Main entry to the home is gained across a brick porch, with a veranda above supported by four squared columns. Antique heart pine floors the foyer, but visitors’ eyes are drawn to a massive custom spiraling staircase. Plaster walls enabled Town to use circular shapes to his advantage. Fabulous Waterford crystal chandeliers are hung throughout the home, including the parlor and formal dining room located in the more formal front part of the home. These 18-light chandeliers are the real thing, and they will remain, according to Peggy Callihan, the agent marketing the home for Burns & Co. Realtors. The parlor connects to an elegant home office, a circular room with built-in bookcases and windows all around. Tucked away in one corner is a steel-reinforced “safe room.”
Towards the back, the family areas of the home are warm, comfortable spaces. The U-shaped design around the center courtyard features the master wing on one side, and the kitchen and garage on the other. The family room is a wide room with one whole wall of wood windows to the fountain courtyard. The other three walls in the family room have built-in bookcases and cabinetry. The cypress plank ceiling is crossed by massive antique beams. In fact, everything in this room is dark-stained cypress, save for the glass windows and a brick fireplace surround.
Down the master wing of the home, there’s a bedroom (possible nursery) and a full bath on the way to the main bedroom. Here, another crystal chandelier illuminates the room, and a doorway leads to the brick fountain courtyard. The master bath is an opulent affair featuring marble flooring with contrasting accents. The T-shaped bath has two vanities under custom mirrors on one side and a massive walk-in shower and Jacuzzi tub on the other. The shower has a glass pebble floor and six body sprays in addition to a handheld unit. The Jacuzzi is a 6-footer below a huge mirror and a window.
Antique cypress doors are throughout the home’s interior, and everything leads to, or has views of, the fountain courtyard. Much of the home’s style is French, with influences from Natchez. The kitchen is classic Hays Town, with antique boards above massive exposed cypress beams that stretch across to the breakfast room. Counters are of slab granite and wood, and the cabinetry is antique cypress. A double-sized SubZero is on one wall, and a brick column is home to a double oven. A double undermount sink has copper fixtures, and copper is also the material of choice in a massive hood above the 6-burner GE gas cook top. There are two study areas adjacent to the kitchen and keeping room, perfect for watching the kids while preparing meals.
Upstairs, the antique wood floors continue in three more bedrooms, serviced by two full baths. A sitting room at the top of the stairs has an exit to the veranda, which has an iron railing from New Orleans. The bedroom in front has its own tile bath, bedroom No. 4 has an exit with a wooden stairway to the courtyard below, and bedroom No. 5 is the biggest of the upstairs three.
This exclusive home is the second-to-last home designed by Town, Callihan said, and it could be one of his best.
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