A. Hays Town in Steele Place

By STEVE WHEELER

Advocate Real Estate editor

The tall brick home at 1135 Westmoreland Drive is classic A. Hays Town, brimming with old wood, old bricks and timeless character. Town’s residences stand the test of time, and this one stands taller than most. No detail was too small for the legendary Baton Rouge architect, who poured his heart and soul into the homes he designed.

This home has seen but one owner, one who worked closely with Town during design and construction. The tall brick offering sits on a large tree-shaded lot just a block off Broussard at its intersection with South Acadian Thruway.

A straight brick walkway leads to the home’s wide front porch, and immaculately landscaped courtyards are on all three other sides.

Inside, hard tan bricks in herringbone patterns floor much of the home’s first level. When they’re not brick, the floors are wide antique cypress planks nailed to sub-floor sleepers. Both are Town trademarks, giving the home a warm and inviting feel. To be sure, many a cypress tree gave all for this home.

The antique wood is used variably in doors, walls, ceilings, cabinetry, and even in baseboards and crown. Massive exposed antique cypress beams cross many of the ceilings.

The foyer leads right to the living room and ahead to a big brick family room. The family room’s centerpiece is a magnificently massive masonry fireplace, and its ceilings are cypress planks with crossing antique beams.

Four wide brick columns stand guard between the family room and a long, wide loggia that runs from the master suite to the kitchen. The loggia views the brick rear porch and flagstone courtyard.

Herringbone hard tans continue into the kitchen, where more cypress was used in the cabinetry and ceilings. Even the Sub-Zero is paneled with
cypress, perfectly matching the cabinets. A large, heavy Corian slab tops the island, which contains a 5-burner gas cook top. Double wall ovens are in a brick wall to one side, and an oversized double cast iron sink is below three 9-light cypress windows. A cypress swinging door leads to the formal dining room, which has a pair of floor-to-ceiling wood windows.

Down at the other end of the loggia, a powder room and the home’s cypress office are at the
beginning of a narrow hall to the master bedroom. This large bedroom has wide cypress plank floors and a masonry fireplace that replicates, on a smaller scale, the one in the family room.

Added on to the back of the bedroom are a
library and a second master bath. The bath has a travertine tile floor, a long row of tall cabinets, and even hookups for a washer and dryer. For the ultimate in luxury, the entire tile floor is heated with the flip of a switch.

On the other side, his bath was once the original master bath, and has two vanities, a massive soaker tub and a walk-in shower. Floors are wood and marble.

Meanwhile,the owner reports that a glass-walled sun room on the first floor is a favorite gathering spot. Up on the second floor, bedroom No. 2 has its own bath, and three more bedrooms share another full bath. The kids like to scramble up to the third level, where a large room can be either a game room or media setup.

The one truly obvious thing about this house – and all designed by Town – is that everything is quality. The main roof has slate shingles with ridge caps, and copper roofs the loggia, patio and
garage. Drainage and gutters are also copper, and even the roof vents are copper in an aged patina.

This home has a warm atmosphere, quality workmanship and top notch materials, all blended into a timeless A. Hays Town design.