Charming garden district home with tons of original features and in tip-top condition. The living room is very large and features a wood burning fireplace with a gas starter. Pass through antique reclaimed wood doors from a historic church to enter the dining room. The kitchen features all new stainless steel appliances and a built in microwave/vent hood. The bedrooms are large with ample closet space. Bedrooms have recently had carpet removed and original hardwood floors refinished. Be sure to notice the original doorknobs throughout the home. The house features an addition on the back giving a huge master bathroom and walk-in closet. A bonus room is also available for a den, office, guestroom.Sold as of January 15, 2020
Listed by Heather Matlock, The George Group
The Fardeecey Family
In the mid 1940’s, two brothers and their families lived next door to each other. Farris and Lura Fardeecey at 2601 Elliott and Ned, Jr. and Jeri Fardeecey at 2605 Elliott.
The brothers were two of many children born to immigrants from Lebanon, Mr. Nimer “Ned, Sr.” Fardeecey and his wife, Wadia Khourie Fardeecey. They had immigrated at the beginning of the 20th century and had settled in Luxora, Arkansas.
Farris and Ned, Jr. came to Alexandria, Louisiana and were active in business and social circles. Ned, Jr. married a small town Louisiana girl from Welsh in Jefferson Davis Parish named Geraldine “Jeri” Teresa Darbonne. Ned was a traveling salesman of men’s hats and later women’s apparel. Jeri opened her own beauty salon on Bolton Avenue in 1956.
Farris had met his wife, Lura Gattas, before moving to Alexandria. She was also the daughter of Lebanese immigrants. This newspaper clipping from 1950 describes the emotional journey her family had made to begin their American Dream and the heartache and separation that came with it.
Farris Fardeecey and his wife Lura had several businesses over the time that they lived in Alexandria, Louisiana. There was a dress shop, several liquor stores, and a shoe store. The couple had one daughter named Lura Ann.
2601 Elliott was their home until 1960 when they are found in Memphis, Tennessee records. It would appear that Lura Gattas felt the draw of family. In the 1960 Memphis, Tennesee City Directory we see that she is working for a Gattas company and that there are many people of that name in that town. When Farris, Lura, and Lura Ann moved, the Ned Fardeecey, Jr. family also moved to Memphis, Tennessee. Their bond must have been very close to have made the move together and begin again.