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Louisiana Tech President’s home gets a makeover

September 19, 2014

KAILEE COURTS
Staff Reporter

President Guice's newly renovated house

President Guice’s newly renovated house

Stadium seats from the original Joe Aillet Stadium

Stadium seats from the original Joe Aillet Stadium

miniature bulldog salt-shakers anchor the formal dining room area in the Guice home.

miniature bulldog salt-shakers anchor the formal dining room area in the Guice home.

A fountain at Dr. Guice's house adds to the decor.

A fountain at Dr. Guice’s house adds to the decor.

The kitchen the Guice family modernized upon moving in by making the island smaller.

The kitchen the Guice family modernized upon moving in by making the island smaller.

President Guice and wife, Kathy, sit in the den with their dog, Millie.

President Guice and wife, Kathy, sit in the den with their dog, Millie.

University president Les Guice has not only been busy with his presidential duties, but has also been busy designing rugs to put in his house.

Guice and his wife, Kathy, moved in to the president’s home last December and since then they have been busy renovating to make it fit their lifestyle.

“The house was well built, but it was outdated,” Guice said.

Some of the changes that they have made and are making is stripping the old wallpaper off of the walls and painting them a lighter color. The floor has been stripped of its white carpet and has been replaced with wood flooring that was donated by alumni.

When former President Taylor designed the house he wanted to bring some of the same designs from the Ropp Center, where the university presidents once lived, to this new home. Guice said he wanted to save some of the historical value as well.

The fireplace in the house is the same design as the fireplace in the Ropp Center and made from bricks that were once part of the original A.E. Phillips Lab School.

Guice said they are going to leave the bricks exposed because it “reflects on the history of the university.”

In the main room of the house sits an old piano where the Alma Mater was written. The original sheet music can still be found there.

One of the major renovations that was done in the house was to the kitchen.

“We have people over quite a bit, and one of my hobbies is cooking gumbo on a gas stove,” Guice said.

The kitchen has all-new appliances and the president said he is looking forward to cooking for his guests.

The president and his wife also enjoy spending time outside on the deck that Guice helped design when he was an architecture student.

“I graduated from Tech in architecture and one of my first jobs was to help design the deck,” Guice said.

He even found the old designs in a drawer in the house.

From the deck, you get a view of the lake at Hide-Away Park as well as a view of the football field. They had the underbrush cleared so they could get a better view of it.

The president said that he loves being able to look out and see people enjoying Hide-Away, whether they are walking or just hanging out.

Guice also said that he enjoys being able to look out and see the football team practicing.

“I walked outside the other day and was able to see the football players practicing in the stadium,“ Guice said, “The view and scenery is absolutely wonderful.”

Guice said that he and his wife love their home and wanted to bring the interior design up-to-date, while also making it reflect their lifestyle and who they are. While the major renovations to the house are done, they are now working on the finishing touches.

He said that he really wished to hang up more pictures of students and faculty in the house, as well as student artwork.

Guice said he is proud of the university and loves being able to live in a place where he can still see what is going on.

“This house is not my home,” he said. “It’s for the university, and I am blessed to be living here.”

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