Historic Shreveport


The state capitol building in Baton Rouge is the tallest state capitol building in America,
standing 450 feet tall.


Downtown Shreveport

CNB Building – 509 Market St.
Built in 1910 to house Commercial National Bank. This was the tallest building in the city when completed in 1911.
Caddo Parish Courthouse – 501 Texas St.
This is the third courthouse to occupy this site since 1860. First courthouse on site served as Louisiana’s Confederate Statehouse during the Civil War.
Central Station – 1025 Marshall Street
Built in 1910 for Arkansas-Saint Louis & Southwestern Railroad. Only surviving passenger railroad terminal in the City of Shreveport.
Central Fire Station – 801 Crockett Street
Built in 1922. In continued use until 2004.
Cross Bayou – North boundary of Downtown Shreveport
One of Shreveport’s most historic waterways. On the south bank, near its mouth, was the Confederate Navy Yard during the Civil War.
Cane-Bennett Building – 616 Commerce St.
Believed to have been built in 1838; rebuilt with original walls following fire in 1868.
Downtown YMCA – 400 McNeill St.
Built in 1925, this site was the former location of Edward Jacobs mansion, one of the city’s most important 19th century residences.
First Commercial Gas Well Site – 90 Market Street
In 1870 natural gas was accidentally discovered near this spot by American Well Works, which was digging a 961-foot water well for the Shreveport Ice Plant.
First United Methodist Church – Common at the head of Texas Street
Neo-Classical Revival style building built in 1912.
Holy Trinity Church – Fannin & Marshall Streets
Established in 1856, Five priests lost their lives in the Great Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1873 and are commemorated in stained glass windows here.
Hutchinson Building – 504 Texas St.
Originally built in 1910 to house Hutchinson Brothers Department Store.
Holy Cross Church – 875 Cotton Street
Built in 1905 as St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.
Harrison Building – 519 Spring Street
Built c. 1865 by Mayor Martin Tally. Served as first Federal Courthouse for the Western District of Louisiana. Also home to Elliot Electric Co. and Harrison Tobacco Co.
Jefferson Hotell – 907 Louisiana Avenue
Built in 1922 as a railroad hotel-Union Depot stood across the street.
Long-Allen Bridge – Connects Shreveport to Bossier from Texas St. downtown Noted for Governors Huey P. Long and Oscar K. Allen, under whose administrations it was built. Officially dedicated by Huey P. Long in 1933.
Lee Hardware Company – 710 Edwards Street
Built in 1898 by Taylor Wholesale Grocers and Cotton Factory.
Municipal Auditorium – 705 Elvis Presley Avenue
Begun in 1926 and completed in 1929. Considered the finest example of Art Deco brickwork in Louisiana. Home of the Louisiana Hayride from 1948-1960.
Old Municipal Building – 724 McNeil Street
Built in 1924 to house the Police Department and City Court. Excellent example of Neo-Classical/Federal architecture.
Old B’Nai Zion Temple – 802 Cotton Street
Built in 1914. Ten stained glass windows are by Lafarge.
Princess Park – Fairfield at Common Street
Established as “City Park”, this was Shreveport’s first public park.
Spring Street Historical Museum – 525 Spring St.
Built c. 1865 as Tally’s Bank. Contains original bank vault.
Shreveport Water Works Museum – 142 N. Common St.
Built in 1887 as the city’s first waterworks and enlarged in 1911. Contains original equipment in working order and still serves downtown, Agurs and Barksdale AFB. This is the only example of it’s kind remaining in the United States, according to the Smithsonian.

Shreve Memorial Library – 424 Texas St.
Built in 1911 as the Federal Court House and Post Office.
Slattery Building – 509 Marshall St.
Construction began in 1923. Was the tallest privately owned structure in Louisiana when dedicated on Aug. 18, 1924.
Strand Theatre – 619 Louisiana Ave.
Built in 1925. The Strand was the flagship theatre of Saenger Amusement, a forerunner of Paramount Pictures, Corp.

Scottish Rite Cathedral – 725 Cotton Street
Built in 1915. This building is Shreveport’s finest example of Beaux-Arts style.
Ward Building – 525 Marshall St.
Built in 1914 and commonly called the Caddo Commission Building.
Wray-Dickinson Building – 308 Market St.
Built in 1911 to house Wray-Dickinson Motor Car Co., one of the nations first Ford dealerships. Noted for elaborate terra cotta embellishments.

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~ by Voltima on November 3, 2009.

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