Restoration of the Cooley House began with the roof in July of 2008, and continues today. Once restored, the home will be opened to the public as a museum. In addition to showcasing the home, the museum will also present exhibitions and educational programming.
The Cooley House is one of several historic homes, including the Masur Museum of Art and Layton Castle, along South Grand Street. Opened as a museum, it will contribute to the cultural corridor being developed along the Ouachita River from The Biedenharn Museum & Gardens, past the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum, and south to the Masur Museum of Art.
Restoration of the roof was carried out under the auspices of the Division of Historic Preservation, Office of Cultural Development, Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and the National Park Service, U. S. Department of the Interior. Restoration of this property, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, has been funded with the assistance of a matching grant-in-aid from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, under the provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.