By Paula Guillory
One of Crowley’s historic homes is currently being stripped to its bare Cypress wood in order to be repainted. It is actually a rarity that a construction crew would strip down to the original wood, according to those on site.
The Ellis-delaHoussaye home is a two-story framed, Queen Anne home located at 705 East Third Street in Crowley. Built in 1901 by a mid-western settler named Herbert Ellis, this home is a rich blend of southern charm and New Orleans style. It features one of only thirteen basements in Crowley and is the first home to have residential air-conditioning installed in the entire city.
Dr. and Mrs. B.C. delaHoussaye purchased the home in 1970 from the widow of its fourth owner Mr. James M. Trotter. Shortly after the purchase, the de la Houssayes discovered many hidden fireplaces within the structure of the home that had long been forgotten.
This historic beauty boasts customized hand blown glass, decorative ceiling molding, arched doorways, folding glass doors, double hard wood floors, and 14 foot ceilings.
Sibley construction is doing the work.