The Cunningham Insurance Agency and Cunningham Financial Group, an Ameriprise Financial investment practice, have moved to their new offices at 431 Jefferson Street in downtown Natchitoches. Joe Cunningham Jr., President of the insurance agency and a financial advisor with Ameriprise, said that the move was a long-time in the making.
“A lot of us grew up knowing this building as the old Natchitoches Parish Library,” he said. “We read books inside and rolled down the hill outside when we were kids. Years later our insurance agency insured this building for Dr.’s Ana and Javier Pere’ while they were in practice here, and when they moved to Ohio six years ago, I tried to buy it from them then. They kept their property insurance with us while they leased it to Rejuvenation Health Spa, and late last year Ana finally agreed to sell it. We’re very happy to be back downtown in the Historic District, which is where my grandmother started the insurance agency in 1935.”
According to Cunningham the building has undergone extensive interior renovations in the past several months. “We knocked down several inside walls to try to recapture natural light through the large floor-to-ceiling windows to the exterior, and put in glass-walled offices on the inside, to see the views of Cane River from a larger section of the interior of the building. It’s a very open, bright and engaging interior.”
“We’re very happy with what our architects came up with and the work our general contractor and his subs did. We’re looking forward to finishing up the little things, like interior decoration and art, and the awning over the new balcony in the back. We’ll have an open house sometime later in the Fall and we’ll be hosting the Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Party in December.”
TBA Associates of West Monroe was the architect on the project, and Page Builders of Natchitoches was the general contractor.
The Cunningham Insurance Agency is an all-lines property and casualty insurance agency with affiliated offices in Alexandria and Mansfield. Cunningham Financial Group is investment and financial planning firm and Joe Cunningham Jr., CFP® is a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial. Other tenants in the building include realtor Dannie Collins and Dranguet Appraisal Service. There are two additional office spaces for lease within the building. Cunningham Family Properties, a real estate investment firm, owns and manages the property.