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1030 Pujo Street, Rhino Rhenovators

Circa 1905

1030 Pujo Street
The American Four Square form with double porches characterizes this property which has really had only two owner-occupiers in its nearly 110 years.  
Lydia and Joe Cash had a long term renovation relationship with this house which they bought from the original builder-owners Amanda and Granville Wollman.  
Currently being upgraded and refreshed by Rhino Rhenovators' owner Randy LeJeune, the new changes will return the family home to its full function and to its turn-of-the-century charm.
Long-time preservationists and collectors, Lydia and Joe Cash lived for over 30 years in the house and made several improvements including replacing the front double porches and added the doubled columns to give the house a more traditional two-bay form.   They added selected architectural elements including period stained glass to help customize and give distinction to what had been a solid, unpretentious fa├žade.   In addition, they restored the side double porches and the carriage house, converting the second floor of the carriage house to an apartment.  
When Lydia and Joe retired to Idaho to be nearer to family in 2010, they left a void in the preservation community and a house with good bones that still needed additional work to carry it further into the 21st century.

While the Cash couple largely lived on the second floor of the house, the ground floor was used to store their extensive collection of furniture, architectural elements, and Texas memorabilia.

To return the house to full function for modern family use, Randy LeJeune has concentrated on upgrading utilities, insulation, and plumbing and arranging for traditional and useful living spaces.  An entirely new kitchen has been developed on the ground floor to replace the one which had been on the second floor.  Other rooms include an entry foyer, front parlor, study, bath and dining room which have been returned to their original function on the main floor.  On the second floor are located three bedrooms with three baths along with a sitting room and fireplace. 

The extensive property and carriage house are located on the eastern edge of the National Register Charpentier Historic District.  Pujo Street, named for the prominent pioneer Pujo family, has many unusual showplace historic houses, including this one, lovingly sustained by a longtime preservation champion, and ultimately refreshed for modern life.

Highlights from American Press article August 4, 2013

The two-story home has a front porch and balcony. Unique to the home is a side porch and balcony along with the Carriage home in the back. The carriage home was recently converted into two apartments. Home was recently rewired and new plumbing installed.

What was once the back parlor has been converted into a modern kitchen. The kitchen was previously located upstairs. Without a restroom on the first floor, a new one was installed downstairs located just off the back study.

The home features a front parlor, dining room, a back study, breakfast room, and entry parlor downstairs. The second floor features three bedrooms and three bathrooms along the sitting room with the fireplace.

The two fireplaces downstairs are not original to the home but the fireplace in the entrance hall is original.

The stained-glass window in the front of the house is the age of the house but is not original to the home.

IF WALLS COULD TALK (HGTV) Season 7 Episode 9 Title: '1865 Georgia Farmhouse' Episode #100 Description: (First, Georgia homeowners Delise and Paul Knight form a long-lasting friendship with descendants of the former owners. Then, Lydia and Joe Cash buy into a long-term restoration project. When they learn about the well-to-do family who built the house, they decide that the hard work was well worth it. Finally, Scott Winter moves to Ponca City, Okla., and buys his grandfather's house in order to find out more about the man he never knew.)


"Joe Cash" article from McNeese State University newsletter: (see page 11)