503 East & West St.


Queen Anne style w/trim at gable peak, porch and portico w/ionic columns c. 1910 by Zeitz family.

The property at 503 East & West has had twelve owners since 1873. The original land owner is listed as D. Stewart in Book # 1 of the tax rolls. 1880 W.E. Lindsay is listed as the purchaser of the land from the Stewarts and the homes first owner, 1884 W.A. Lindsay listed in Book #4, 1886 M.F. Tompkins Book #10 pg. 354, 1905 Sam Webb (President of Minden Cotton, Oil & Ice Company) Book #14 pg. 273, 1906 James Pennington is listed as owner, 1937 Maude Archibald Gear is listed on the tax roll, 1946 Donald Goodwill, 1970 W.R. Lunsford then the house was sold to August Zeitz (Fanette Hodges parents), in the 90’s the home is sold to Donald Kennedy (Donald is responsible for opening up the attic space and turning it into a bedroom suite), in 2000 the home was purchased by James and Marsha Croad. The Croads are parents to three children. The Croads grew up in Buffalo, New York in the same neighborhood and went to the same high school. In August of 2000 the Croad family came to Louisiana. They looked for a small, quaint community to live in and fell in love with Minden and the older historic homes. Having lived in England, they had acquired a large collection of antique furniture and collectibles. They needed just the right home to show off their beautiful antiques. They found just what they were looking for with the 1880 home. After a few renovations and personal touches, they have made Minden their home. They now are enjoying small-town life in Louisiana. They have a love for old Gramophones and hope you enjoy the music, as you tour the 1880’s “Victorian Painted Lady”. Today the home is now the home to the Croad’s son and his family.