Highgate Springs Neighborhood Association

Crawford home architect

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Does anyone have information as to who the architect for Crawford homes was? Gentilly woods and Ponchatrain park in New Orleans have the same design as several in Highgate springs. I have 2 educated quesses. Rufus Nims or Wahl Snyder. 

Summer 2006 Atomic Ranch magazine features an article "The Houses That Hamilton Built".   Does not mention architect of homes in communities he developed, but does mention Wahl Snyder designed Crawfords (own) residence in Westdale Terrace, Baton Rouge.  Same article mentions Highgate Springs in Louisville, and references to the book "A Field Guide to American Homes".

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I am Rufus Nims daughter, Sally. If you could provide me more information about the houses you are asking about, I will try to provide you some information. Where are the houses, and when were they built? Any pictures?

Wow , Sally thanks for the reply. The houses that I think have a tie to your father are in the Miami archetcture museum in a collection that was donated by Wahl Snyders daughter. They won a competition for affordable housing design for returning G.I.s. Hamilton Crawford built homes in Louisiana , Gentilly Woods and Pontchitrain Park and my home that is in Louisville Ky. An article about Mr. Crawford had a quote about him using an award winning Florida home design in his developments. The museum responded by email saying that the design of my house was a larger house than the ones that were in the collection. I then sent a Crawford homes broucher with designs and floor plans for the smaller houses that are also in Highgate Springs ,Louisville Ky. The next reply from the museum was a request for a phone number and we talked. The smaller ones were closer in her opinion.The museum doesn't have an archetect on staff but the lady in charge informed that I can purchase copies of the drawings , I just haven't spent the money to have them sent to me. I cannot attach an image to this reply but I have some. Thanks again with all this reseach I have gained respect for your fathers work.  Beau

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