G. B. Cooley House

1011 S. Grand St., Monroe, Louisiana


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Construction of the G.B. Cooley residence commenced in 1926. The architect, William Burley Griffin, was an associate of Frank Lloyd Wright (1902-1906). Griffin initially designed the house in 1910, at which time the plans were exhibited at the Chicago Architectural Club. In 1912 Griffin won a competition to plan Canberra, the capital city of Australia, to which he soon removed. The Cooley House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 at a state level of significance; it is believed to be the only Prairie style house in Louisiana and Griffin's only such house in the south. Plans included landscaping, exterior garden walls, a pool and fountain, detached garage. Features include architect designed lamps, doors and windows. Walls are concrete, flooring cork. Other advanced features were a central vacuum system, central heating with steam and a tiled sauna/steam room. One hundred casement windows and an attic fan provided ventilation. Mr. Cooley died in 1952, age 87; his widow died in 1955. Subsequent owners were Julius Kugler, Donald Huges (1956), William Ober (1967), Hejwitt Johnson (1973), Neal Johnson and Jerry Jones (1985 to present). The building is the law office for Jones and Johnson. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS LA-1230)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 15, 1986
Reference number
NR name
Cooley, G. B., House
Architectural style
American Movement: Prairie School
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure
Current function
Period of significance
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2

Update Log 

  • July 29, 2018: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger