Built in the 1840s in the Beauregard section of old downtown, one of our city’s 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 a historic landmark in Goodwood. Thought to have been used as a hospital during the Civil War, the Powers-Greves-Peres 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 borrowed from places like early LSU classroom buildings and an old hotel in New Orleans. All interior trim is old cypress, including tall baseboards, window and door frames, and panel doors. Antique door hardware is from the St. Charles Hotel in old New Orleans, and the home is filled with antique leaded glass in windows, doors and panels. Most windows are original, with wavy crown glass.
And for anyone who suspects that 1800s-era homes have to be musty and inconvenient, that’s not the case here at all. The home is fresh and
solid. It’s like this home time-traveled from the 1840s to today, except it picked up every modern convenience along the way.
We’ll start in the kitchen. SubZero refrigerators were uncommon in kitchens during the 1800s, and they didn’t have Bosch dishwashers back then either. Granite counter tops, five-burner gas cook tops with huge 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 farm sink and beautiful antique cypress cabinetry.
The home has six working fireplaces in all, including in the office, the master bedroom, the parlor and the formal dining room. The master bath was renovated earlier this year, with a slipper tub and an Austrian marble wash stand. 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 driveway’s 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 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. It’s 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 there’s even a mature fig tree that can supply breakfast for the new homeowner.
Finally, near the back of the home, a big family room shares a coffered
ceiling with a loft that holds a game room, a media room and a wet bar.
Unique, elegant and historic, this is a great old Baton Rouge home.
Address: 927 Keed Ave.
Lot size: 130 x 200 feet
Living area: 4,063 square feet
Baths: Two full, one partial
Ann Mullins, C.J. Brown Realtors