A Classic in Crowley
A look at Homer Ed and Carolyn Barousse's historic gem
Photographed by Craig Macaluso
Built in 1892 by Thomas Toler Jr., the classic Queen Anne home of Carolyn and Homer Ed Barousse features a sweeping front porch with a large turret, Doric columns, balusters, spindles and turned posts. As one of the oldest residences in Crowley, it is a stunning example of a bygone era.
Located on an acre lot in the middle of the city, the 5,000-square-foot home is a showplace that has been pristinely maintained by the Barousses since they purchased it in 1975. “I am from Crowley, and I always admired the house, so we couldn’t pass up the chance to purchase it when it went on the market,” explains Homer Ed, an attorney with his law firm of Barousse and Craton, Attorneys at Law. “We saw it as a wonderful, spacious home in which to raise a family, and it has been a privilege to be the caretakers of such an historic home for 40 years,” adds Carolyn, a speech language pathologist.
The house is located in the historic district, just two blocks from Court House Square. Carolyn says of the area: “We have beautiful large oak trees, spacious parks and interesting restored historic homes.”
“The architecture of the home is something I have always appreciated,” Homer Ed says. “I love being outdoors and sitting on the side porch, enjoying the pastoral setting.” Carolyn agrees. “The wide galleries, which surround the house, add to the beauty of the Queen Anne architecture,” she says. “The design of the house, including the large rounded area under the turret on the side porch makes it a wonderful gathering place for our family or to entertain large groups.”
The circular porch showcases the Doric columns. Both the ceiling and floor are painted blue. Comfortable seating is provided for entertaining.
White wicker furniture placed on a sisal rug creates a second entertaining area on the front porch. BOTTOM: Built in 1892, the classic Queen Anne-style home of Carolyn and Homer Ed Barousse is one of the oldest homes in Crowley.
The home has undergone many changes since it was purchased. “We bought the home when our first two children were very young,” Homer Ed says. “It has been a true labor of love and a work in progress during our four decades of residency. When we first purchased the house, it was structurally sound but extremely outdated. There was no sheetrock on the walls – only wallpaper hung over cheesecloth.”
All of the electrical and plumbing systems had to be updated. “Over the years we enclosed portions of the back porch to provide areas for a laundry room, and we expanded the kitchen by adding a sun room,” says Homer Ed. Carolyn says the renovations took place while they lived in the home. “We would renovate a portion and then wait a few years before undertaking another project,” she says. Homer Ed adds, "and we never had an architect, but we did have very talented carpenters and painters, as well as other people who were savvy enough to know how to preserve an older home.”
A statue graces a pocket garden where caladiums are featured in the center raised flowerbed.
Homer and Carolyn Barousse
Carolyn’s niece, Caroline Renfro Flettrich, ASID Allied Member and partner in Richard-Renfro Designs in Baton Rouge, helped with the couple’s most recent renovations. “Caroline has a feel for our home because of all of the time she spent here throughout her life,” Carolyn says. The couple credits Michael Washington, their longtime gardener, for keeping their yard beautiful year-round.
“We have wonderful memories of the happy times and many celebratory events that have taken place in our home with our five children, their spouses, our grandchildren and our many friends who have celebrated the joys of our lives with us. Our family has celebrated countless christenings, birthdays, swimming parties, large teenage events, engagement parties and even wedding ceremonies and receptions,” says Carolyn.
Homer Ed agrees. “Living in one of the oldest home in Crowley has been a joy and a privilege for all of us.”
The kitchen offers a homey flavor to the house, although it has all the modern appliances.
The five-arm brass Victorian chandelier was purchased from an antique dealer in Baton Rouge in 1975, the same year the Barousses bought the house. The portraits are of Barousse’s three sons – Charles, Edward and William – all taken when each one was 5 years old.