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Discover the interesting history behind the Preston House

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.

Restoration University returns April 21 with a special presentation on the Music of Highland

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.

For additional information or to register for this event, email [email protected]

 

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2017 was a successful year for HRA!

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Completed 12 Monthly Cleanups in 2017 – Special thanks to our volunteers for their support.

 

 

 

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Restoration University

Details:  “Garden Restoration and Southern Heirloom Plants for Today’s Gardener”, by Margie Caplis
Date/Time: Saturday, April 22, at 10am
Location: C&C Electric’s event room, 2430 Line Ave, Shreveport, LA 71104
** Note this presentation is a natural paring with the upcoming NWLAMG Le Tour de Jardins on May 6-7.

2nd Saturday Highland Cleanups

Saturday April 8, 2017

8AM – 11AM

Great American Cleanup Day! Join us at Highland Park. Parking available on Olive Street.  Groups will receive directions and instructions on which blocks to clean that day.   Trash bags and grabbers will be provided. Bottled water will also be provided. Bring your gloves!

Call for Volunteers! Join Highland Restoration Association, Fairfield Historic District, Highland Jazz & Blues Festival, and the City of Shreveport: Community Development as we work together to beautify our lovely neighborhood of Highland.

Every 2nd Saturday we will meet at 8am to work for a couple of hours. Each month we will focus on a different “zone” of Highland.

Take PRIDE in your neighborhood, LOVE your city, and BLOOM where you’re planted.

We appreciate the efforts of all the organizations including Shreveport Green. They helped spearhead Shreveport’s anti-litter campaign, Don’t Be Trashy, Keep It Classy! This multi-faceted approach to litter awareness focuses on the individual’s responsibility. This is our way of supporting their year-long efforts to beautify our city!

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