Fight for historic Baton Rouge home continues, others in community speaking up

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The home that sits at 1855 Country Club Drive in Mid-City could possibly be destroyed.

Now after being sold to a new homeowner, the former homeowner and community members want to see the house restored, because of its history.

“To lose this house in Baton Rouge after losing the Pennington House is criminal,” says former homeowner Ann Singleton.

Singleton and her husband owned the home for 20 years and sold it in March to Jason Laubscher who lives nearby. He then transferred ownership over by his development company.

“The house is architecturally significant because in that it is the only house outside of South Florida and the Caribbean ever designed by Wahl Synder,” Singleton says.

The home was built in 1957 by architect Hamilton Crawford.

Retired economist Tom Bartkiewicz wrote an article about the home in atomic ranch magazine in 2006. He says over the years he’s seen many houses with unique designs torn down.

“I’ve been fearful of this for a long time, because I knew this house is just an attraction for the developers. They can buy the house, tear it down, subdivide the lots and make a profit,” he explains.

Singleton is now packing her home to be out by Sunday, and she now regrets selling her home.

“We still would not have sold to someone was going to destroy this house.”

Bartkiewicz says he working to have homes built by Crawford in the same neighborhood and hopes to have it listed as an historic district.
 

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