Karen Williams has been retained to renovate the kitchen of an historic home designed by the renowned Southern architect A. Hays Town. The Baton Rouge residence is one of about 1,000 that Town created featuring a singular style of understated elegance based on French and Spanish architecture.
Like many Town homes, the one Williams is working on exudes classic Louisiana elements such as a center courtyard, raised front porch, exterior stairs, French doors with Creole-influenced, full-length shutters, and dramatic 13-foot ceilings.
It also features Town’s signature use of recycled local building materials. He was one of the first architects to salvage old floorboards, mantles or flagstones and incorporate them into new houses. Elements such as brick floors with a special beeswax finish gave his homes a comfortable, elegant feel.
Of special note to Williams is the aged cypress wood in this Baton Rouge residence, which Town incorporated because of its beauty and its innate adaptabililty to the humid climate.
Williams challenge is to respect the heritage and materials of the home, which is featured in the book Louisiana Houses of A. Hays Town, while creating an up-to-date kitchen.
Watch our blog as the new kitchen in this landmark home comes to life.