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Kleinpeter House to open to community as event space

A restored two-century-old farmhouse near Perkins Road will soon be available as a space for weddings, parties and other events.

Originally built in 1820, the authentically restored Kleinpeter House at the Settlement at Willow Grove, a Creole-style home passed through five generations of the Baton Rouge family, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Though the final development plan submitted to the Planning Commission says the home would be used as a proposed bed and breakfast, office and private event center, Greg Kleinpeter, one of the owners of the family home, says it will not be advertised as a bed and breakfast. Should the bride of a wedding held at the property need a bedroom for preparations, a single bedroom would be available, Kleinpeter says.

“It’s important for us to preserve the family home and cemetery, and preserve it in a quality way that’s authentic to building codes in the 1820s,” he says.

The family, accustomed to having the neighborhood come out for birthday parties at the property, hopes the new venture will help the house sustain itself, allowing the neighborhood and community to enjoy the property for small events.

The renovations, which took nearly two years to complete at approximately $1.5 million, included removing any modern modifications that had been added to the structure over the years, enabling the home in 2015 to be added to the National Register of Historic Places. They also raised the roof and removed and repaired exterior wood siding. The entire property is 1.7 acres.

Before officially opening, there’s yard and landscaping work to be done, as well as minor work on a shed. Kleinpeter estimates the property will be available for use in four to six months.

“We’re just going through the zoning process and talking to neighbors right now,” Kleinpeter says.

The Planning Commission will take up the Kleinpeters’ plan at its May 21 meeting. See the full agenda.

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