Tour Stop 5
720 Delmar Avenue
Stacy Phillips, Jonathan, Isabelle & Ian Poore
For Stacy and Jonathan, the lure of the older homes of Grant Park seems to trace back to Stacy’s childhood in New Orleans, where she grew up in an older house. After 11½ years, the Phillips-Poore family, along with their 20 year-old macaw Bubba Boudreaux, are right at home on what they feel is arguably one of the best streets in the neighborhood.
Built in 1916 as a Transitional Craftsman bungalow, 720 Delmar originally had many traditional Victorian-influenced features – such as a wide central hallway, high ceilings and detailed woodwork – as well as architectural elements from the emerging Arts and Crafts movement, like nine-over-one windows, side transoms surrounding the front door, a symmetrical façade and a hip roof with central gable. Over the years, however, many of the interior elements had been “re-arranged” in the home, while the exterior and architectural features fortunately remained largely intact, including Stacy’s favorite feature, the wide and spacious front porch.
The house is believed to be the third oldest house on the block, built for a sister of the family a few doors up. During its history, the house has been a college rental house and was featured in Spike Lee’s movie “Drop Squad”.
Today, the house has three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. The central hallway entrance has been reconfigured into a stairway that leads to an upper room. Both the left and right “parlor rooms” have original mantels intact. Don’t miss the eclectic collection of Stacy’s “Day of the Dead” memorabilia in the left parlor room, and the many renditions of da Vinci’s “Last Supper” hanging in the right parlor room. Also make sure you visit the screened porch out back, which is Bubba’s favorite summertime hangout.