The Logan Mansion is one of Shreveport's finest examples of Queen Anne architecture. It was built in 1897 by its namesake, Lafayette R. Logan, who was a prominent local beer distributor and ice manufacturer. The architect who designed it was Nathaniel Sykes. The exterior house features decorative woodwork and a large porch, among other notable elements. The interior is even more impressive; it features ornate woodwork, stained and beveled glass, a grand mahogany staircase, large rooms, hand-laid geometric wood floors, and antique furnishings. The house is currently privately owned but is also an Airbnb, offering guests the opportunity to stay in a historic residence.
Backstory and Context
In addition to being privately owned, the house has been used as a boarding house, church, and radio station. In recent years, former owners Billy and Vicki LeBrun restored it and offered tours through the entire mansion, even in the attic. They also rented it for events and hosted Halloween and Christmas tours. The mansion, which has four bedrooms and two full and two half bathrooms, is also apparently haunted by the ghost of 11-year old Theodora Hunt, who jumped from a window in 1904. The house is located across the street from another historic residence, the Ogilvie-Wiener Mansion, and is just a short walk from the famed Shreveport Municipal Auditorium where Elvis Presley and other notable artists jumpstarted the careers.
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