In addition to meeting with the Mayor of Shreveport, the City Council, the Caddo Parish Commission, and the Metropolitan Planning Commission, Mr. Gilbert will tour existing historic districts, sites, and landmarks to meet with the troops on the ground, who, at the grassroots level, are actively working to preserve Shreveport's historic neighborhoods and structures.
Mr. Gilbert will make two public presentations during his visit, the first at 2:00pm Tuesday May 5th at a Special Session of the City Council, and the second at 3:30pm Thursday May 7th before the Caddo Parish Commission. Both presentations will occur at Government Plaza, 505 Travis Street, Downtown Shreveport, and are open to the public. Attendance by all interested parties is encouraged.
Mr. Gilbert is in Shreveport by invitation of Ms. Jean Sayres, Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation, Regional Board Member, and with logistical support by the Shreveport Historic Preservation Society.
28-April - 1-May-09
Topics for the 2009 educational sessions include: preservation architecture and design guidelines; tax credits for historic properties; statewide civil war trails; insurance practices for historic structures and much more.
In addition to the slate of notable speakers, there will be an opportunity to experience significant historic and cultural attractions throughout the Alexandria area, such as Kent House, the Alexandria Museum of Art, Loyd Hall Plantation, and The Diamond Grill; each a featured site on the conference agenda. The later two sites are notable tax incentive projects.
Also on the agenda is the Honor Awards Luncheon, to be held Thursday, April 30th in recognition of individuals and organizations that have excelled in Louisiana's preservation efforts.
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION $75
Please mail or fax registration to the LTHP office by Tuesday, April 18, 2009
*AIA continuing education units are available.
Municipal Park Plaza is located between Texas Avenue and Milam Street at Common. This event will begin at 11am and run until 5pm and is open to the public FREE. Fun for all ages...
Also at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, opening September 28 and running through November 30, the exhibit "Red River to the Sea: Landscapes and Landmarks of Louisiana and Charleston." This unique exhibit takes an interpretive journey around town with the LSU football coach, Paul Dietzel, and his daughter, Katherine Dutremble, visiting some of Shreveport-Bossier's historic landmarks and Louisiana landscapes. Opening reception is September 28, 2-4PM in the West Wing Gallery. Free.
27 May - 31 Sept-08
Bridges-McKellar House, Shreveport - Makes 2008 Top Ten List of Most Endangered Historic Sites in Louisiana...
Highland Area Partnership (HAP) announces the 2008 Home Improvement Program - 10 awards of $500.00 are available...
Applicants must agree to complete their work and submit receipts no later than August 15, 2008. Awards will be paid on a reimbursement basis after work is entirely complete, receipts have been submitted, and work/receipts are reviewed. Applications will be available after April 20, 2008. They may be obtained through the organization’s web site www.highlandareapartnership.org, at the HAP office located at 106 East Kings Highway (Centenary Square, Centenary College campus) or at Lila’s Cakes and Chocolates at 440 Olive Street.
The contest was created in 1996 as part of HAP’s mission to aid in revitalization of Shreveport’s historic Highland neighborhood. In the 12 years since, the organization has distributed 81 awards totaling more than $40,000. The awards have helped with everything from landscape to major repairs. The organizers have noticed a change in the type and scope of the projects since then. “In the beginning, we had requests for general maintenance. Now, we have people wishing to complete large scale change,” said HAP Committee Chair Kenneth Koonce. The organization attributes this to fact that people are rediscovering the charm of historic Highland. “We have it all! Charming, well-built homes with established landscape, trendy boutiques and delicious restaurants are right around the corner. Plus, you have a safe, friendly, and pedestrian-oriented area,” Koonce added.
In addition to the annual Home Improvement Program, HAP also hosts the Highland Jazz & Blues Festival in November, as well as numerous other improvement and advocacy services for the historic Highland neighborhood. Highland Area Partnership is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Recent changes in grants have meant the loss of funding for administrative staff. Our Executive Director, Dorothy McDonald, has resigned, but plans to remain active as a HAP member and volunteer. For more information about the HAP Home Improvement Program or other HAP activities and membership, please contact the Highland Area Partnership.
FURTHER INFORMATION: Kenneth Koonce
Highland Area Partnership, Inc.
Tel. (318) 869-5706
Radiant City - Film Screening & Benefit for SHPS
This documentary explores the phenomenon of post WWII suburbia and the ways we have adapted our lives to its reality or not.... This is a thoughtful and intelligent film, which brings to the discussion positive viewpoints and proposals. It is possibly one of the most creative attempts to take on this vast subject that will hit screens anytime soon.
Please plan to join minicine? and members of the Shreveport Historic Preservation Society to view this film, relax and visit... The Columbia Cafe will staff a cash coffee and wine bar. Door proceeds will benefit the Shreveport Historic Preservation Society.
23 – 25-Apr-08
2008 Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation Conference
Come join Preservation Professionals, Architects, Main Street
Managers, Historic District Commissioners and others interested in
preserving the historic places and cultural heritage of Louisiana. The
conference will be held on April 23rd–25th in Thibodaux at Envie Restaurant. To register,
call (225) 344-6001
18-Mar – 18-Apr-08
Somdal Associates: 100 Years of Architecture & Design
Established in 1908, Somdal Associates has made a significant contribution to the built environment of Shreveport and the exhibit includes, drawings, photographs and models of much of this work. The exhibit, hosted at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, 3015 Greenwood Road, will run through April 18th. The museum is open 9–4, M–F and noon–4, Sat. & Sun. This exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, phone: (318) 632-2020.
11 – 12-Apr-08
Shreveport Water Works Museum Ceremony & Open House
The new Shreveport Water Works Museum (located at the McNeill Street Pumping Station) on April 11 at 12:15PM, will host a special ceremony commissioning a freshly restored vintage crank-and-flywheel steam engine fitted with an electric motor drive system called a rim drive. The restored equipment was originally used to pump potable water to the City of Shreveport. Louisiana Secretary of State Jay Dardenne will announce the commissioning.
On the following Saturday,
the new Shreveport Water Works Museum will host an open house from 12 noon
to 4PM. The public is invited to both
events. Admission is free and the building is wheelchair-accessible.
For more information about the Shreveport Water Works Museum, visit mcneillstreet.org
or call (318) 221-3388.
The McNeill Street Pumping Station, built in 1887, was the nation’s last operating steam-powered water works when its steam engines were retired in 1980. In addition, three of the steam engines at the museum are considered to be some of the oldest examples of their type. The water works was also one of the first places in the nation to practice filtration and chlorination.