Category Archives: Highland Calendar of Events

Join us for the Great Highland Cleanup

We’ve got another neighborhood cleanup planned this month, and we’d love for you to join us!

As part of Shreveport Green’s Great American Cleanup, Highland Restoration Association will be meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 13 at Columbia Park for a neighborhood cleanup. We’ll divide up to pick up trash along the streets surrounding the park.

We provide the trash bags, grabbers, gloves and water. We just need you!

In addition to picking up trash, we’re focusing this cleanup on removing tires from around the neighborhood. If you know of a location or have some of your own, email us at [email protected] with the location, and we’ll pick them up that morning.

Check out the Facebook event here.

Join us for The Big Event this Saturday at Columbia Park

Centenary College’s student -led, large scale day of service uniting college students with Highland neighbors returns Saturday, March 23.

Highland Restoration Association is happy to once again support this neighborhood event that builds relationships and enhances the community.

HRA members are encouraged to join students and Shreveport Green at a cleanup at Columbia Park beginning at 9 a.m.

We hope to see you there!

Come help us with neighborhood projects!

Photo by Henrietta Wildsmith

Looking to get involved in neighborhood projects?

Join us on Saturday, Feb. 23, for a fun work day to paint the Highland Arch and install historic district signs across the neighborhood.

The city recently painted new bike lanes along Marshall Street south of downtown that lead into Highland, and we want to ensure our neighborhood gateway looks its best.

 

We’ll be spending the morning of Saturday, Feb. 23 painting the Highland Arch at Marshall and Gilbert Streets and installing historic district signs. We welcome your help.

 

We’ll meet at 10 a.m. at the Highland Arch and divide into groups to tackle sign installation and arch painting. We’ll bring the tools, ladders and supplies. We just need you 😊  

 

The day is a great way to also meet our board of directors and find out what else is planned for this year.

 

Questions? Email us at [email protected]

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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