Saturday, September 24, 2011

Carolyn Ogilvie and the Ogilvie-Weiner House

Carolyn Ogilvie (on the right) cleared up some of the questions we had about the Ogilvie-Weiner house. It was her husband's family that built it and sold it to the Weiner's after living there for two years. It is the same Ogilvie family that owned a grocery store at the time, and later the Ogilvie Hardware Company. What a font of family and Shreveport history she is. And lovely!

Dr. Joiner at Holy Cross

Dr. Joiner knows lots more than he could reveal in a short hour talk. Thanks to the Shreveport Historic Preservation Society for the enlightening morning of history.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Glitzy Shoes

Glitzy Shoes by Nadine Charity
Glitzy Shoes, a photo by Nadine Charity on Flickr.

Shreveport glitterati were dressed to impress at the "Art of the Road" opening at ArtSpace Friday. And everyone seemed to agree that these shoes hit the mark... way above the mark. A sample of the style to be seen on the new "Nue."

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Abandon Shotguns

Abandon Shotguns by Nadine Charity
Abandon Shotguns, a photo by Nadine Charity on Flickr.

Just behind the 1200 block of Texas Avenue a tiny bit of the old neighborhood is slowly falling apart. See it soon, because it will not be there long from the look of things.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sprague Street Row

Sprague Srteet Row by Nadine Charity
Sprague Srteet Row, a photo by Nadine Charity on Flickr.

This is a sign of what has been going on down in the Texas Avenue area in the last twenty years or so, and why it is time for everyone to take an interest. There is one very dilapidated house next to this sign. All of the others are gone. The sign and house are on Sprague Street right across from the Cemetery.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Salas Mural

Salas Mural by Nadine Charity
Salas Mural, a photo by Nadine Charity on Flickr.

The Christian Street Pocket Park mural incorporates the demolished foundation of an unidentified Ledbetter Heights structure. The site was suggested by a JTPA youth corps muralist who has relatives living in the area. The design was developed by artist Abby Fowler in collaboration with the JTPA muralists and depicts Louisiana Catfish swimming in a stream or river. The mural reflects the lush beauty of Shreveport's natural environment. The Project: SALAS Architectural Details for Shreveport. Completed July 31, 1998. Roberto Salas: Artistic Director. John Rivers Bicknell, Abby Fowler, Barry Galloway, Donna Service, and Buddy West: Artist Team. Guillermo Jauregui, Ruben Seja: Assistants. Janet Mighell, Luis Olivas: Volunteer Artists. Leonard Service: Project Manager.

Monday, September 5, 2011

"Midnight Special"

"Midnight Special" a video by Nadine Charity on Flickr.
The Calico Girlz sing the Leadbelly tune, "Midnight Special" at the last Shreveport Farmers' Market of the 2011 summer season.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

McKellar House

McKellar  House by Nadine Charity
McKellar House, a photo by Nadine Charity on Flickr.

The Bridges-McKellar House on Oakland Street, near Hope Street was placed at number 2 on the Top Ten List of Most Endangered Historic Sites in Louisiana by the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation in 2008.

It is built in 1885 in the Queen Anne style and was the home of the 31st Mayor of Shreveport, Reuben Neil McKellar. It was also the first home in Shreveport to have forced central air conditioning.