Wayne and Marilyn Davis moved to Broadmoor in 1977 as much for the convenient location of the neighborhood as for the curb appeal and floor plan of their home.
Over the past 38 years, they have thought about moving once or twice.
“But we have never found one we love as much as we do this one,” says Marilyn Davis of their home constructed of old brick with its slate roof.
Their home is near Broadmoor Baptist Church, where they have been longtime active members, and, when their children were growing up, near their schools.
“When the children were involved in school and church activities, they could walk,” Marilyn Davis says.
Now, the Davis children are grown and living away.
“The best thing about the home is the many happy memories,” says Wayne Davis, who retired from Albemarle Corp. after a 35-year career in research and development and general management.
In the years the Davises have lived in their home, they have never made any structural changes.
“We installed hardwood floors in the living room and dining room, and ceramic tile in the den and kitchen,” Wayne Davis says. “We changed the outside trim color and made periodic renovations inside.”
The home, which was designed by architects Conway Washburn and Leonard Jordan, was built in 1969 by Wright Adams. It has a traditional floor plan with a wide entrance hall, separate living and dining rooms, a kitchen and breakfast area and a den with a large picture window that gives a clear view to the beautifully landscaped yard with a brick patio, fountain and raised bed.
The property is surrounded on three sides by a brick wall.
“The house originally had two small aggregate patios off the den and the master bedroom,” Marilyn Davis says. “We connected the two with brick and added the raised bed.”
Longtime Baton Rouge landscaper Andy Hart, now deceased, designed the planting.
“One day not too long ago, his daughter stopped by the house,” Marilyn Davis says. “She told me her daddy would be so proud of me because we kept the yard just the way he designed it.”
The home also has a master bedroom and guest bedroom downstairs and two bedrooms upstairs.
The Davises converted a third downstairs bedroom into Wayne Davis’ office.
“Wayne had to have an office, and I had to have a kitchen,” says Marilyn Davis, who has a degree from LSU in home economics and worked for several years as a home service adviser for Gulf States Utilities before becoming a fulltime mother and homemaker.
Using antiques, oriental rugs and art, she decorated the home in a traditional French country style with assistance from designers Dixon Smith, Joel Fazende and Margaret Savoie.
“Many of our accessories, we brought back from our travels,” she says.
These are used with Marilyn Davis’ needlework and paintings by Louisiana artists including Rhoda Stokes, Katherine Rutledge and Will Ousley.
The Davises enjoy entertaining in their home.
“We have had engagement parties, church parties and community functions, in addition to entertaining family and friends,” Marilyn Davis says.
For large seated dinners, the Davises set small tables in the yard.
The kitchen was originally built for a gourmet cook, so it has plenty of counter space as well as top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, most of which have not needed replacing in the 38 years the Davises have lived in their home.