Category Archives: Real Estate

Spring general meeting

Let’s talk blight

6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at Noel United Methodist Church, 520 Herndon St.

Join us for a discussion on reducing blight in the Highland neighborhood. Terrence Green, Shreveport’s interim property standards director, will offer insight into how his department processes complaints and the best way for residents to report dilapidated structures in the community. He’ll be joined by Adam Bailey, community planning and design manager for the Shreveport Metropolitan Planning Commission, who will talk about the newly created Historic Preservation Overlay Districts and how the added layer of regulations applies to Highland. Tom Arceneaux, with the Shreveport Implementation and Redevelopment Authority, also will join the conversation.

Over 55? Here’s how to apply for our home improvement grants

We started a new initiative this year to help Highland homeowners over the age of 55 with minor outdoor home improvements. These projects can range from small projects to fence repairs.

Highland homeowners over the age of 55 can apply for mini grants through our online application form or they can download the form below and mail it to:

Highland Restoration Association

520 Olive St.

Shreveport, La. 71104

Applications must be received by Thursday, Aug. 1. Repairs will be completed in the fall with grant dollars being put toward material costs. Labor will be covered through the generosity of Highland Restoration Association members. For more information, 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.