Lafayette Robert Logan, a very successful ice manufacturer and beer distributor, built the Logan Mansion in 1897. It is the grandest surviving work of Nathaniel Sykes Allen (1829-1922), Shreveport's premier late-nineteenth century architect. Another of Allen's designs, the Antioch Baptist Church (1903), stands right around the corner on Texas Avenue.
The original address was 725 Christian Street. The address today is 725 Austin Place.
Logan spared no expense in the construction of his home. The original hand-laid parquet floors, stained glass and beveled glass, carved woodwork and fretwork along with a massive mahogany grand staircase, are still in place. Glass transoms, fitted above the interior doors to control air movement, harken to house ventilation of the Victorian period. Amazingly, none of the beautiful woodwork has ever been painted. The floor plan of the house remains exactly as it was when constructed.
The Grand Staircase, 1897, adorned with its newel post lamp. The bottom four fixtures are electric, while the top is a gaslight. Missing for many years, the lamp was recently found in Arkansas, purchased, and reinstalled. Note the curtains covering the foyer pocket-door are overly long. As curtains were tremendously expensive, this excess was a visual statement of extravagance by the Victorian wealthy.
Billy and Vicki LeBrun acquired the home in 2005 and have worked continuously to restore the home to its original beauty. They enjoy sharing the history and stories of the home with others during tours of the house.
Is the Logan Mansion really haunted? Local legends tell us that in 1904 a young neighbor of the Logan's, eleven year-old Theodora Hunt, came to the house, went to the attic and leapt to her death from a front window! There are many, many stories of sighting a little girl in the house; objects that have moved; disembodied footsteps; a screen door that latches itself (and unlatches itself and opens), and much more. The LeBrun's now keep a log of the strange happenings in their home and invite you to hear the stories and decide for yourself...Is the Logan Mansion really haunted?
Birthday Tea Parties:
What a unique setting for a dress-up party!
The birthday girl and her guests enjoy dressing up for a style show and tea party in beautiful dresses, hats, gloves, and jewelry purses. We have dozens to choose from! The dining room is set with special birthday china and crystal. The girls will go on a "treasure hunt" (following hidden clues around the mansion) to find their party favors! Parents are encouraged to stay and join in the fun and experience the 114-year-old Victorian mansion.
Mystery At The Mansion:
Can you follow the clues and solve the mystery?
The birthday boy and his guests will dress-up like Sherlock Holmes in vests, ascots and hats. Then their face will be painted with a mustache and goatee to put them in the proper frame of mind to become a Victorian detective! They will follow many clues around the mansion to find their party favors. Lots of games mixed in will make this a most memorable party! Parents will enjoy this party as well!
Also available for club meeting, social groups, bridal and baby showers, adult birthday parties and many other activities. Soon we will be hosting weddings and wedding receptions.
Tours: Anytime, but by appointment.
$10 per person, cash only
Tours take one hour and you will see all 17 rooms plus the 2000sf attic.
Call 318-459-2285 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.