2013, Listings and Information

Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation
2013 Preservation Success Stories within Louisiana
by Lane Callaway, LTHP Board Member, Shreveport

The Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation announced its 2013 Preservation Success Stories on June 26 at its annual conference held in Natchitoches which was co-hosted by the LA State Division of Historic Preservation and the National Center for Preservation Training and Technology. This year marks the Tri-Centennial of Natchitoches, the oldest town in Louisiana.  The keynote speaker at this three day event for historic preservationists was Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne. The guest speaker Stephanie Meeks, National Trust for Historic Preservation President and CEO spoke at the conference luncheon.  The former U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston and Mrs. Mary Johnston were honored by the Louisiana Trust as the 2014 Preservationists Extraordinaire at the Red River Soiree for their considerable contributions in advocating and supporting historic preservation throughout Louisiana.

The Preservation Success Stories for 2013 ranged from a 1920 humble former residence of a sawmill worker in the town of DeRidder to an massive art-deco style auditorium built in 1929 in Shreveport that hosted First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in March 1937.  The Preservation Success Stories for 2013 listed alphabetically by parish included:

Community

Structure

Built

Original

Re-purpose

DeRidder
(Beauregard)
First Street School
downtown
1939 public elementary school work-force development
DeRidder
(Beauregard)
company-provided housing 1920 residence for
sawmill worker
timber museum
Hosston
(Caddo)
Hosston School 1931 public school
(all grades)
recreation & public event center
Shreveport (Caddo) Muni. Auditorium
downtown
1929 entertainment venue, veteran’s memorial multi-purpose entertainment center
Shreveport (Caddo) 1200 Marshall Street
downtown
1908 printing business complex of executive offices
Shreveport (Caddo) Oakland Cemetery
downtown
1842 oldest extant cemetery in City recreate walking garden cemetery
Shreveport (Caddo) 712 Texas Street
downtown
1937 paint retailer architectural firm
Lake Charles
(Calcasieu)
104 West Pujo Street
downtown
1929 hotel auto parking garage restaurant, bar, entertainment venue
Natchitoches
(Natchitoches)
Caspari Hall
(Northwestern State)
1939 college dormitory
for male athletes
executive offices
for college
officials
New Orleans
(Orleans)
Saenger Theatre
downtown
1927 3,400 seat movie palace / stage multi-purpose entertainment center

Michael Echols from Monroe and President of Louisiana Trust summed up the organization’s effort from 1999 to 2013 at identifying over 100 structures in Louisiana as Most Endangered.  And since 2011, he identified over 50 Preservation Success Stories the Louisiana Trust has identified state-wide.  The 2013 nomination application also gathered data on use of federal and state history tax credits as well as further identified if the nominated historic structure was listed on any historic register.

Nominations for the Louisiana Trust’s Most Endangered and Preservation Success Stories are submitted from a variety of sources state-wide.  The nominations are submitted by citizens of Louisiana and from the LA Trust’s board directors; community managers of the Louisiana Main Street Program; elected and appointed local officials; historic property owners; preservation architects; developers; and local historic organizations.

The nomination applications to identify the Most Endangered and Preservation Success Stories for calendar year 2014 is planned to be distributed in late autumn.  These structures are to be announced at the 2015 LA Annual Preservation Conference hosted by the LA Trust for Historic Preservation and the LA Division of Historic Preservation  to be held in Lake Charles.  The 2014 nomination application for Most Endangered is being expanded to clarify potential to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


2011-2012, Listings and Information

(A summary report for 2009-2012 appears in the Fall 2012 newsletter.)

Criteria: Those structures that have the potential of being a successful preservation candidate. These structures are significantly threatened by demolition, neglect, lack of maintenance, inappropriate development or other threats. These structures have demonstrated community commitment, and a reasonable potential for a positive outcome. Additionally, there is clear ownership of the property and the owners are willing to work with the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation (LTHP) in creating a viable plan for preservation. These structures are either listed or have the potential of being listed on an appropriate national or state historic register. Ideally these structures are historic in being more than 50 years of age and are historically significant. Structures listed on the Most Endangered list, receive assistance from the LTHP Field Services Representative including on-site visits and working with the property owner / community leaders in creating a viable preservation strategy for the structure.

Flora Schoolhouse

Community: Flora
Built: 1922
Remarks: Part of a larger heritage complex

Holy Rosary Institute

Community: Lafayette
Built: 1915
Remarks: Rich heritage, deteriorating


At Risk Structures within Louisiana for the period 2011-2012

Criteria: Those historically significant structures that have the potential of being torn down within the immediate future. There is no current preservation plan for these structures and they have serious threats to their existence or threats to their historical / architectural integrity. These structures could be characterized by convoluted ownership issues that might prevent preservation or even sale of the property; issues of advanced deterioration to cause them to be safety hazards for their communities; lack of maintenance / neglect; inappropriate development and / or insensitive public policy. These structures if preserved would have the potential of being listed on an appropriate national or state historic register and be a success through adaptive reuse efforts. (Listed alphabetically by community.)

Community

Structure

Built

Remarks

Alexandria Armour Building Facing possible demo
Alexandria Hynson-Ringgold House 1907 Queen Anne architectural style
Alexandria Skye Building For sale, deteriorating
Olla Olla State Bank 1906 Damaged roof from tornado
Olla Fair Exhibit Barn ca 1910 Needs minor repairs
Ponchatoula First Guaranty Bank 1960 Facing demo for new construction
Shreveport Adress Motor Company 1931 Early car dealership downtown
Shreveport Arlington Hotel ca 1920 Former railroad hotel/lodging
Shreveport B’Nai Zion Temple 1914 National Register
Shreveport Bridges-McKellar House ca 1890 Queen Anne style architecture
Shreveport Henderson Iron Works ca 1920 1920s manufacturing structure
Shreveport Mutual Building ca 1930 Banking institution
Shreveport Ardis-Johnson Building ca 1925 Mid-rise office building
Shreveport Ogilvie Grocery ca 1890 Partially collapsed
Shreveport Old Galilee Baptist Church 1917 National Register, Dr. King visited
Shreveport Rubenstein’s buildings 1907-15 Buildings joined by owner in 1926
Shreveport Shot-gun style house ca 1900 Last type on Caddo Street
Shreveport Standard Brands Building ca 1920 Saenger Brothers corporate HQ

Preservation / Adaptive Reuse Success Stories within Louisiana for the period 2011-2012

Criteria: These historic structures include those currently under an active preservation effort to return them to economic activity / adaptive reuse or preservation projects which have been recently completed during the period under consideration. (Listed alphabetically by community.)

Community

Structure

Built

Remarks

Alexandria Masonic Home for Children 1924 Being Renovated – apartments
Alexandria Shiloh Baptist Churt Being renovated – restaurant
Franklin Post Office Building Restoration completed in 2011
Monroe Georgia Tucker School 1920 Being renovated – assisted living
New Roads Poydras High School 1924 Restoration completed in 2011
Pineville Central LA State Hospital Dairy Barn 1923 Preservation plan being created
Shreveport Old Montgomery Wards Building ca 1930 Artspace expansion
Shreveport Allen Building ca 1920 Being renovated by SULA-S for classrooms
Shreveport Bell South office building ca 1950 Being renovated by owner – condos
Shreveport Calanthean Temple 1923 National Register; being restored by owner – multi-use
Shreveport Central Fire Station 1922 Being renovated by city – new home of Shreveport Regional Arts Council
Shreveport Commerce St. Building ca 1880 Being renovated – office use
Shreveport Feibleman / Sears 1925 Being renovated – multi-use
Shreveport The Florentine ca 1900 AKA Ogilvie-Wiener House – being restored
Shreveport George T. Bishop Building ca 1920 Being renovated – multi-use
Shreveport Houck Building ca 1923 Being renovated – multi-use
Shreveport Lake Street Buildings ca 1930 Restoration completed in 2011 – entertainment venue
Shreveport Lewis Furniture Building ca 1920 Being renovated – office use
Shreveport McAdoo Hotel ca 1920 Being renovated – multi-use
Shreveport Paris Cleaners Building 1931 Restoration completed in 2011 – photography studio
Shreveport Ogilvie Hardware 1926 Being renovated – apartments
Shreveport Zodiag Building ca 1923 Being renovated – multi-use

Structures Lost Forever within Louisiana for the period 2011-2012

Criteria: These are historic structures torn down during the period under consideration.

State Office Building Annex

Community: Shreveport
Built: circa 1950
Remarks: Demo for new construction

Note: Nominations for all four lists covering the period 2013-2014 to be solicited beginning July 2012.


1999-2010, Listings and Information from years past

2009-10 Most Endangered List

The Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation (LTHP) needs your direct help in identifying historic structures within Louisiana that needs preserving. Nominations are being accepted for candidate sites which are threatened by demolition, neglect, lack of maintenance, inappropriate development or other threats and meet the Louisiana Trust’s criteria.

Louisiana’s Most Endangered Historic Sites

2009-10

1. Ogilvie-Wiener House, Shreveport
2. Calanthean Temple Building, Shreveport
3. Ogilvie Grocery Building, Shreveport
4. Central Louisiana State Hospital Dairy Barn, Pineville
5. Armour Building, Alexandria
6. Shiloh Baptist Church, Alexandria
7. Masonic Home for Children, Alexandria
8. Skye Building, Alexandria
9. Georgia Tucker Elementary School, Monroe
10. Holy Rosary Institute, Lafayette
11. Ruins of Alexis Cloutier/Kate Chopin House, Cloutierville

2007-08

1. Badin-Roque House, Natchitoches
2. Baton Rouge Magnet High School, Baton Rouge
3. Bridges-McKellar House, Shreveport
4. Cotton Brothers Bakery/Continental Trailways Building, Alexandria
5. Beauregard Parish Jail, DeRidder
6. Dark Store Building, Natchitoches
7. Shiloh Baptist Church, Alexandria
8. Shushan Terminal Complex, New Orleans
9. Thompson-Hargis House, Alexandria
10. Vida Shaw Swing Bridge, Iberia Parish

2005-06

1. Bayou Sorrel Indian Mound, Atchafalaya Basin
2. G.B. Cooley House, Monroe
3. Georgia Tucker Elementary School, Monroe
4. Hotel Bentley, Alexandria
5. Mt. Olivet Chapel, Pineville
6. Temple Sinai, St. Francisville
7. East Louisiana State Hospital Center Building, Jackson
8. Julius Freyhan High School, St. Francisvile
9. Gibbs House, Bienville Parish
10. Texas and Pacific Railway Depot, Natchitoches
11. South Louisiana Coastal Parishes and Hurricane Damaged Sites

2004

1. Old State Capitol Fence, Baton Rouge
2. Dykes Log Cabin, Kentwood
3. Old Baskin School, Baskin
4. Laura Plantation, Vacherie
5. Lutheran Cemetery, Baton Rouge
6. Union Tank Car Dome Building, Baton Rouge
7. Holy Rosary Institute, Lafayette
8. McNeill Street Pumping Station, Shreveport
9. Bear Lake Club, Tullulay
10. Enterprize Plantation, Jeanerette

2003

1. Old Bastrop High School, Bastrop
2. Confederate Breastworks at Burr Ferry, Vernon Parish
3. Ferguson House, Vernon Parish
4. B. Lemann and Brothers Building, Donaldsonville
5. Lorrain Bridge, Hayes
6. Schepis Museum Building, Columbia
7. Smart Plantation House, Vernon Parish
8. Yucca House at Melrose Plantation, Natchitoches Parish
9. Heidelberg Hotel/Capitol House, Baton Rouge
10. South Louisiana Coastal Parishes and Hurricane Damaged Sites

2002

1. Heidelberg Hotel/Capitol House, Baton Rouge
2. Inner Harbor Navigation Lock and St. Charles Bridge, Orleans Parish
3. Sabine Light House, Cameron Parish
4. Mansfield State Historic Site, Desoto Parish
5. South Louisiana Coastal Parishes and Hurricane Damaged Sites
6. Cypress Lugger, Champion
7. American Cotton Press Warehouse Complex, Orleans Parish
8. Jean Charles Germain Bergeron House, Thibodaux
9. East Louisiana State Hospital Center Building, Jackson
10. Tioga Sawmill Commissary, Rapides Parish

2001

1. LASC Outdoor Train Exhibit, Baton Rouge
2. Union Tank Car Dome Building, Baton Rouge
3. Homeplace Plantation, Hahnville
4. Lonesome Hurst
5. Sanlin Building, New Orleans
6. Edgard Depot, St. John the Baptist Parish
7. Trinity Episcopal Church, Cheneyville
8. Bennett Plantation Store, Rapides Parish
9. Calanthean Temple Building, Shreveport
10. Natchitoches National Historic Landmark District, Natchitoches

2000

1. Bosworth Hammond House, New Orleans
2. Long Leaf Planer Mill, Long Leaf
3. St. Louis Cemeteries 1 and 2, New Orleans
4. Four Frescoes at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, Shreveport
5. Conerly Plantation, Alexandria
6. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Weyanoke
7. Holy Rosary Institute, Lafayette
8. Tallulah Airport Terminal, Tallulah
9. Bradford Building, New Orleans

1999

1. Beauregard Town Historic District, Baton Rouge
2. Rosedown Plantation, St. Francisville
3. Historic South Grand Street, Monroe
4. Holy Rosary Institute, Lafayette
5. Trudeau House, West Feliciana Parish
6. Epps House, Bunkie
7. McNeill Street Pumping Station, Shreveport
8. Lower St. Charles Corridor of Central City, New Orleans
9. Poplar Grove Plantation, Port Allen
10. Edgard Depot, St. John the Baptist Parish