Sewall Smith was a transplant from New York who decided to set up shop in Lafayette in 1944 because he had been advised that it was ripe for a post-war building boom. Within a year he had more work than he could handle, and he continued to run a successful architectural practice in Lafayette for many years.
The house that we feature today is in many ways typical of his work in the 40s. It is an oversized custom ranch that is not particularly remarkable for its basic form, but is noteworthy for its thoughtful execution and considered modern details. The first thing one notices upon arriving at the house is the large carport with adjacent patio. Inside, the rooms are gracious and full of light thanks to the oversized windows. There is ample wood paneling, a library, a built-in piano – lots of unexpected touches. The home has some deferred maintenance, but with a little work it could once again be worthy of publication in Better Homes and Gardens.