111 Park Place- The Ball Family

Park Place Drive is a lovely circular loop nestled in the corner of Texas Avenue and Masonic Drive. This development called the Park Place Addition came on to the residential housing scene in 1938 and was advertised as the only exclusive residential addition in the city of Alexandria. The area was zoned for no commercial and no multi-family properties as well as having a minimum building cost of $5000 for each residence. (According to the inflation calculator on http://www.dollartimes.com, $5000 would be equal to $87,233.68 today.)

Wed, Mar 23, 1938 – Page 11 · The Town Talk (Alexandria, Louisiana) · Newspapers.com Sat, Oct 15, 1938 – Page 4 · Weekly Town Talk (Alexandria, Louisiana) · Newspapers.com

At Park Place, a restricted home building addition, no homes costing less than $5,000 may be constructed and no business houses or apartments are allowed. It is strictly a residential section.

FROM Weekly Town Talk Alexandria, Louisiana 15 Oct 1938, Sat  •  Page
119 Park Place, built by L.M. Coco in 1938

L.M. Coco is building a six-room home that, according to the plans, will be just about as modern and convenient as it is possible for a home to be. Mr Coco not only furnished the ideas for the many new features, but is doing his own supervision of construction. The home will cost close to $5,500.

FROM Weekly Town Talk Alexandria, Louisiana 15 Oct 1938, Sat  •  Page 4
1610 S. City Park Blvd, built by Lamar Polk in 1938

The Lamar Polk home, costing approximately $10,000, is nearing completion…

FROM Weekly Town Talk Alexandria, Louisiana 15 Oct 1938, Sat  •  Page 4
111 Park Place, Alexandria, Louisiana

The story of 111 Park Place begins in 1940 when Dayton Ball, Sr., a dry goods salesman from Louisiana, and his wife Lucille purchased the lot upon which he would build the house in which they would live for the next 50 some years.

Sat, Aug 23, 1941 – Page 12 · The Town Talk (Alexandria, Louisiana) · Newspapers.com Fri, Oct 10, 1941 – Page 8 · The Town Talk (Alexandria, Louisiana) · Newspapers.com

The Ball family had two children; Dayton Fitch Ball, Jr born in 1930 and Virginia Ann Ball born in 1933.

Sat, Oct 4, 1947 – Page 5 · The Town Talk (Alexandria, Louisiana) · Newspapers.com
Emmanuel Baptist Church has been part of Alexandria/Pineville community since 1881.

The Ball family were members of Emmanuel Baptist Church and hosted many parties at their home for church activities, bridal showers, and more. When the children grew up, Mrs. Lucille began working as a saleswoman at Alma’s Children Shop located inside the Hotel Bentley.

Thu, Jul 10, 1952 – Page 16 · The Town Talk (Alexandria, Louisiana) · Newspapers.com

The children both attended college; Dayton, Jr. graduating from Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe and Virginia Ann attending Northwestern State College, Natchitoches. Dayton, Jr. also joined the US Air Force and would serve in the Korean War.

Mon, Jul 4, 1955 – Page 13 · The Town Talk (Alexandria, Louisiana) · Newspapers.com Tue, Aug 23, 1955 – Page 13 · The Town Talk (Alexandria, Louisiana) · Newspapers.com
111 Park Place, Alexandria, Louisiana

Charming historic home in the lovely setting of Park Place Drive. The home recently had FRESH PAINT and HARDWOOD floors redone to shine. SOLAR PANELS, INSULATED WINDOWS, and an ENERGY EFFICIENT air conditioning system make this home efficient. Plumbing and wiring has been updated to code. The architectural shingle ROOF is only 2 years old. Check out the backyard PERGOLA and water feature for entertaining. Two car COVERED PARKING available.

Listing Provided by Heather Matlock, The George Group
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  1. I knew the Balls. Dayton was one of the greeters. When I met him he was selling shoes at Kay’s Shoes in MacArthur Village. He was a grand ole fellow that always was jolly and friendly. I believe his son was living in Washington state.

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