John S. Preston Residence, Jordan Street, W.B. Wiener Arch., 1936.
Designed in 1934 by noted architect William Wiener Sr., the John S. Preston Residence is the first house Wiener designed in the modern idiom after his 1927 tour of Europe to study the progressive work of Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier.
Located in Highland, the aesthetic of the house is radically different from traditional houses in the area. Despite its appearance, it was built using the accepted wood-framing methods of the period.
The unadorned white cubic form, asymmetrical facade, flat roof and expressive corner windows are modernist elements that strongly identify the building’s European heritage. However, the floor plan of the one-bedroom house was a conventional collection of rooms and did not reflect the primary tenet of modernism, the Free Plan, thereby creating a disconnect between facade and plan.
Due to neglect, the house was acquired by architect Christopher Coe in an advanced stage of deterioration. In 2018, he moved the home from Jordan Street to College Street and began renovations.
The project’s two major goals are a faithful restoration of the facades to their original appearance and the respectful addition of new program components to enhance the house’s livability and ensure its longevity.
Coe will discuss the restoration process at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at the HRA Winter General Membership meeting at Noel United Methodist Church, 520 Herndon St.
The talk is open to the public.
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Centenary archivist to discuss early recordings of Jimmie Davis in Highland
Restoration University returns April 21 with a special presentation on the Music of Highland.
Chris Brown, archivist at Centenary College, will discuss the musical career of Jimmie Davis 1928-1944 at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21 at the Women’s Department Club, 802 Margaret Place. The presentation will explore the early recordings Davis made while living in Shreveport’s Highland neighborhood. It will highlight his country songs, blues collaborations with local African American guitarists Oscar Woods and Ed Schaffer and the success of “You Are My Sunshine.”
Brown manages the historic records of Centenary and the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. His hobbies include researching, collecting, and sharing Shreveport’s music history. He hosts the “Romp and Stomp” radio show (Tuesdays, 5-6 PM on Centenary’s radio station, KSCL 91.3 FM) and the Shreveport Songs blog (http://shreveportsongs.blogspot.com).
The talk is free to members of the HRA and $10 to nonmembers. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at restorehighland.org
Restoration University is joint effort between the Highland Restoration Association and Norla Preservation Project. The bi-annual speaker series offers insight into neighborhood history and restoration design and techniques. Talks are hosted each spring and fall and are free to members of the HRA.
The Women’s Department Club was built in historic Highland in 1925, six years after a group of ladies formed the club to focus on the strength of women for the promotion of educational, literary and artistic growth of Shreveport and its vicinity.
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The Highland Restoration Association is pleased to announce the 2018 board members for the organization. Welcome to our newest board members.
James Carstensen moved into the Highland neighborhood in 1988 with his family and grew up on Prospect Street. He is a master craftsman with a passion for restoring older homes. “I love the culture and diversity of my Highland neighbors and the charm and character of the homes. I look forward to working with the other members of the HRA board to help any way I can.”
Jada Durden is a journalist and blogger and busy woman about town whose brand is lovingthislifejada. Jada said she found her home in Highland soon after she moved here and has been thriving and loving it ever since.
Madison Poche brought her enthusiasm and energy to Shreveport when she moved from New Orleans. She loves Highland’s proximity to downtown, the bike lanes, the historic architecture, and the general vibe in Highland. Madison works for SRAC, and recently purchased a home in Highland.
Holly Roca is a Los Angeles transplant and a realtor with Keller Williams Realty who is active in the Highland market. Her interests include historic guidelines and increasing property values in our historic neighborhood. Her strengths that she brings to the board include building community relations and promoting partnerships.
Highland Restoration Association welcomes all the new board members, and we look forward to working with them to preserve and enhance our historic neighborhood under the direction of our new board president, Michele Marcotte. Michele agreed to serve as president for 2018 after doing a great job as Chair of the 2017 Highland Holiday Tour of Homes.
Returning board members include Janelle Willis, Vice President; Iris Harper, Secretary; and Barbara Ramsey, Treasurer; and Marsha Millican Gill; Kevin May; Melinda Purcell; Andy Shehee; and Sydni Smith.
We thank board members rotating off the board this year for their service: Darel LaBeau; Tyler Spears; and Tom Arceneaux who will continue to serve HRA as an adviser on zoning issues. Teresa Edgerton-Scott is also a former board president who serves as a general adviser to the board.