Riegel: Crawford House faces uncertain future

    Earlier this year, Business Report Editor Stephanie Riegel wrote about the demolition of the mid-century modern house on South Acadian Thruway that had been the home of C.B. “Doc” Pennington, and what the community loses when one of its historically and architecturally significant structures is destroyed.

    Now, an even finer gem from that era—the iconic Crawford House at 1855 Country Club Dr.—faces an uncertain future and preservationists are sounding the alarm bell, Riegel writes in her new column.  A new ownership group that recently acquired the house from its longtime owners have suggested they may not save the house because renovating it would be so costly. Officials with Preserve Louisiana, have set up an online petition, asking the city’s Historic Preservation Commission to hold a special meeting to declare the home a local historic landmark. So far, the petition has more than 3,000 signatures.

    If you’re unfamiliar with the house, or don’t know what all the fuss is about, you’re missing out on what is Baton Rouge’s most pristine and best preserved mid-century modern home, Riegel writes. Besides being architecturally significant—the home has been featured in numerous national publications—it is important because of who it belonged to: W. Hamilton Crawford, an architect himself, who designed and built thousands of small, affordable, ranch-style homes throughout south Louisiana—and beyond—during the booming post-war years.

    Read Riegel’s full column about the Crawford house and its significance to Baton Rouge. Send comments to editor@businessreport.com

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