Protect the Historic Mid Century Crawford Home

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Mary Singleton
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Preserve Louisiana seeks your support in petitioning the Historic Preservation Commission to hold a special meeting to hear arguments from Preserve Louisiana to list the Crawford Home as a local historic landmark. City statutes say listing applicants may be the home owner, metro council, Mayor OR a historical society

The historic Crawford Home, 1855 Country Club Drive, possesses both cultural and architectural significance for Baton Rouge and the state of Louisiana. 

The home was sold to a couple who assured the previous owners they would make their best attempt to renovate the home. However, the couple then sold the home to a development company three minutes later. When questioned about the future of the home, a partner in the company, Magnolia Construction, said, "We plan to bulldoze it down the middle." Plans discussed include a subdivision of the lot into 4 lots following demolition of the historic home.

Preserve Louisiana has been in touch with the developers and has not been assured preservation of the house is the priority. It is within the organization’s mission to advocate for the preservation of the home. Applying for a historic landmark designation is an important step in preservation of the home. 

The Crawford Home was built in 1956 by Miami architect Wahl Snyder for Baton Rouge architect Hamilton Crawford. Snyder was a famed architect designing for celebrities in Miami when Hamilton commissioned him to design his dream home in Baton Rouge. Hamilton's own contribution to architecture is significant to say the least. He designed affordable housing post World War II in Baton Rouge through out the Westdale neighborhood (where his home is also located), in New Orleans (providing some of the first affordable housing for African Americans), and beyond. 

The Crawford Home on Country Club is one of the most intact of its kind - and the only in Baton Rouge. Preserve Louisiana, historians, preservationists, and concerned community members urge you to sign this petition to bring this matter before our Historic Preservation Commission before it is too late.  

Click here to read the GBR Business Report article about the home and the sale

Click here to read the Atomic Ranch article, The Houses that Hamilton Built, by Tom Bartkiewicz, scroll to page 43