George T. Bishop Building
601 Spring Street
Shreveport, LA 71101
Prevot Design Services
A building constructed in the early part of the Twentieth Century that has sat vacant for more than a decade is back in business as downtown’s newest professional office/event space. In addition, the newly-completed rehabilitation at 601 Spring Street has been nominated for a Louisiana Heritage Award for preservation of an important historic and architecturally-significant building.
Once known as the ‘car museum’, the George T. Bishop Building (so named by Mr. Bishop himself in 1925) is now the home to Prevot Design Services APAC, a full-service architecture, planning and interior design firm and 601 Spring, an event center.
The 50,000+ square-foot building has been repurposed as a sleek and contemporary office space juxtaposed into a historic framework. The vision took shape with the help of company vice presidents Paula Prevot and Lori Arnold and the team of Ashley LaBauve, Caitlin Lamothe, Sarah Delphin and Ronnie Duvall.
The building, which was approved for Historic (Commercial) Tax Credits, shows how existing interior structures can be used in new and creative ways. A giant concrete ramp that once led to roof parking has been recreated as stair-step office spaces with a type of ‘theater seating’ that allows each suite holder to see out a giant window into downtown.
Original concrete floors have been cleaned and polished. In the expansive lobby area, huge windows and giant chandeliers fill the space with light and the carved maple and mahogany wood doors and trim remain.
In addition to the new office and event space, 11,500 square feet in the northeast corner of the building is available for build-out for retail, office or residential uses.
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