823 City Park Boulevard, Alexandria, Louisiana

This boulevard home has 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, a large bonus room. Living areas feature a formal living room, informal den, sunken sun porch, kitchen, butlers pantry, and a laundry room.

In 1934, City Park Boulevard only had 3 homes listed and by 1940 it was almost fully developed to what we see today.  The area along the bayou has long been know as one of the places to find the most beautiful homes in the Garden District.

Dorothy Hylton Sims

owner 1940-1947

Dorothy Hylton Prosser was born in Louisiana in the year 1894.  At 21, she married Dr. Eaton Kittredge Sims, a man twice her age in Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish, Louisiana.  They were married nine years before Dr. Sims passed away in 1924.  The couple had three children together in addition to children that he had from a previous marriage.

When Dr. Eaton Kittredge Sims was born on August 8, 1872, in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, his father, Robert, was 31 and his mother, Emma, was 25. He married Alice Kline Sims and they had four children together. He then married Dorothy Hylton Prosser and they had three children together. He died on August 30, 1924, in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the age of 52, and was buried in his hometown.
This red brick courtyard is a lovely spot for relaxing and visiting with friends and family.

Circumstances are not entirely known, but Dorothy began to rent her home out to officers in 1941.  She is found living with family during this time at 1040 Bolton Avenue or 1750 Levin Street.  In 1944, she is back at her home on City Park Blvd.

Dorothy worked as a secretary and stenographer.  She was listed as the secretary to the train master of T&P Railroad in 1934.

The home began to fill up with Dorothy’s grown children and their spouses…and grandchildren were born; Ethlyn Sims to Ralph Hylton Sims and his wife in 1943 and Katheryn Richardson to Eleanor Sims Richardson and her husband in 1944.

The gorgeous formal living room is spacious and attractive. This fireplace has been the site of weddings in the past.
From the formal living room you may access the stairs through the doorway on the left leading to the finished attic consisting of 2 rooms, one full bath, and a walk in closet.

Sergeant Ralph Hylton Sims was a B-17 tailgunner in the European theater. He was the son of Mrs Dorothy P. Sims, 823 City Park Boulevard, Alexandria, and the husband of Eliza Bowe Sims, Natchez.

The formal living room leads to the dining room on one side and a sunken sun porch on the other.
This sunken sun porch to the side of the formal living room is a bright, warm spot for reading or your morning coffee.
823 City Park for Sale-1947
The second bedroom downstairs leads to the sunken sun porch and also features an original bi-fold door to the hall (not shown).
The dining room lies between the formal living room and the butlers pantry. The room is well lit with windows overlooking a beautiful view of surrounding gardens and homes.
This ad for the house in 1955 was run in The Town Talk newspaper in Alexandria, Louisiana.  Dorothy Sims’ daughter Dorothy had passed away the year before and after this year Dorothy is found in Baton Rouge where she passed the rest of her life until her death at the age of 94 in 1989.  She is buried in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Pineville, Louisiana along with her daughter Dorothy and her parents.
The downstairs hall bath is meticulously updated and has an entrance door from the hall as well as one from the second bedroom.

Bentley F. Morgan & wife Willie Lee Aldridge

became owners 1959

Bentley Foster Morgan was born on December 14, 1892, in St Landry, Louisiana, his father, Dr. Gordan Morgan, was 25 and his mother, Amelia Josephine Casey, was 19.  He married Willie Lee Aldridge on December 27, 1916, in Bunkie, Louisiana.  Willie Lee Aldridge was born on February 21, 1895, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, her father, Joseph Aldridge, was 32, and her mother, Mary Chapman, was 26.   

The Morgans lived there for many years and their grandson, current Garden District resident John Brewer, still remembers the home fondly.  (Please don’t kill me for adding your 1960, Bolton High yearbook photo…)

The master bedroom overlooks the red brick courtyard in the back of the house and has his and hers closets through the white shutter doors.
The en suite master bath is tastefully updated.

Florence Lanier Hall

owner 1990-2015

Florence Lanier (Hall) 1944, Tulane University
The kitchen has been thoughtfully redesigned allowing for ample counterspace and workflow.

Florence Lelia Lanier and George Bartlett Hall announced their engagement in the Alexandria newspaper in 1947.  George practiced as a lawyer in Alexandria for many years and was co-founder of the firm Gold, Hall, and Skye.  

The appliances in the kitchen are new and the floors have been refinished to really shine.
The den is a cozy, informal space which is joined to the kitchen allowing for an open concept feel.

After living in the adjacent property, 2627 Jackson with her family and for years after her husband passed away, Florence moved next door into the house next door, our subject property, 823 City Park Boulevard.

During Florence’s ownership of the property, she had the attic space cleverly taken in.  Today when you enter the property, you will find a door to the second floor staircase where part of the hallway used to be.  Upstairs is a bedroom with an extremely large walk in closet with a window as well as an en suite bath.  A bonus room with a large skylight lies on the other side of a hallway that could easily be another bedroom.

The finished attic gives two more large rooms for children or guests.

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Heather Matlock REALTOR® THE GEORGE GROUP Cell: 318-229-7613 Office: 1-888-548-7853 Licensed in LA

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