The century-old home at 5921 College Drive still has nearly all of its original wood and fixtures, proving once and for all that they just don’t make ‘em like they used to. The home sits tall and wide on the e_SFlb “College Drive Circle,” just before its intersection with Jefferson Highway.
The home wasn’t always in the circle; it was moved there in the late 1970s. It was originally built in 1910 on Fourth Street downtown as the home of Mary Bird Perkins’ grandparents.
A wood-floored front porch is seven wide steps up from the asphalt parking spaces in front of the home, and has working shutters flanking the old-time walk-through windows.
Heart pine floors throughout the home are original and restored to a lustrous beauty. Wood windows, too, are original, including the walk-throughs leading from the living room to the front porch. Working transoms top many of the windows and interior doors, and the capped baseboards add elegance to the rooms. Dental crown molding on 12-foot ceilings and beaded board wainscoted walls display the home’s original craftsmanship.
The living room just inside the front door is a long room with an original – albeit small – masonry fireplace on one wall. The three walk-through windows are to the front porch, but two more windows are on the wall to the far left, overlooking the home’s side yard. There is a chandelier in the center of the room, flanked by ceiling fans on each side.
Immediately to the right is the glamorous formal dining room. This beautiful room has a bay wall with huge two-light windows. Tall crown molding and floral wallpaper give this room richness to accent the beautiful old pine floors.
Like many homes of the day, swinging doors lead from the dining room to the kitchen. Unlike many homes of the day, this home’s kitchen is large, with plenty of painted cabinetry crowned with dental molding.
A tall, two-level Corian island with an electric range is in the center, a fluorescent light box hangs overhead, and a built-in painted hutch sits at one end. The counter tops are Corian as well, and the tile backsplashes are graced by a colorful vegetable mural.
The kitchen area has another swinging door to the living room, as well as an exit to a small wood stoop and steps to the stacked two-car garage. A 345-square-foot apartment is located above the garage, and is not included in the home’s living area square footage.
Behind the kitchen, the first of the home’s three bedrooms is just down a short side hall. The bathroom for this bedroom has a clawfoot tub, and is probably what a Hollywood bath of the day might have looked like: it connects to bedroom No. 2.
The large laundry room/mud room, which leads to a wooden deck overlooking the back and side yards, is behind bedroom No. 2, and another full bath is connected to the laundry.
Meanwhile, the 17 x 15 master bedroom has a pair of original two-light wavy-glass windows, as well as original pine floors and tall baseboards. With a pair of vanities and a corner whirlpool tub in a separate room, the master bath is bigger than you’d expect from a 103-year-old home.
The home needs a central heating and air unit, but already has the duct work and registers for air, according to Linda Dowden, with The Dowden Group.
“It’s a neat old house,” Dowden said “It’s got a lot of history. You can walk the floors and tell it is solid.”
If you’d like to see this historic old home for yourself, Dowden will keep it open today from 2-4 p.m.
It’s a great chance to check out a slice of Baton Rouge history right in the College Drive Circle.