October 7, 2023 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm America/Chicago Timezone

Music! Art! Theater! Architecture! Heritage! These important buildings in Shreveport represent the economic boost that catapulted Shreveport in the early 1900s! Today, real estate trends and modern historic adaptation have given these buildings new life.

Join the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art – Louisiana Chapter for a Fall Foray from October 6 to 8, 2023, to highlight the history and legacy of Classicism through architecture, art, and cultural heritage in Shreveport, Louisiana. This three-day foray will examine the residential, commercial, and institutional buildings that influenced the Classical legacy of North Louisiana and the contribution of architect Edward F. Neild (1884-1955).

The land bounding “Shreve Town” was sold by the indigenous Caddo Indians in 1835. The founding of Shreveport in 1836 and its development over the next one hundred years set the stage for architect Edward F. Neild and the implementation of Neoclassicism in the city. Today, Shreveport’s historic Neoclassical buildings reflect the spirit of individualism of North Louisiana through music, art, architecture, and cultural heritage.


Our foray begins on the evening of Friday, October 6, for a “Welcome Reception” at a private venue. The decadent evening will include good wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres, music, and a brief historical introduction about the origins and growth of Shreveport by Robert Trudeau, an expert local historian. Meet the people of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, introduce yourself to the sponsors of the event, make friends with other interested people, and hear how they are interested in joining the tour. This reception will be a great resource to network with colleagues and, ultimately, to enjoy the people of Shreveport.


Our biggest day is Saturday, October 7, where, from the morning to Happy Hour, we have lined up a phenomenal tour of Classical buildings. The time begins with coffee and pastries at the Shreveport Regional Arts Council, where Shreveport architect Chris Elberson of Somdal & Associates will give a short lecture on his firm’s predecessor, Edward F. Neild. We will gather for a walking tour in downtown Shreveport, where we will walk past about a dozen classically inspired buildings with Guy Carwile, Professor at Louisiana Tech University, and Robert Trudeau, a local expert historian. Although most of our visits and lectures will occur outside these structures, we have a unique collection of private buildings that will be opened to our tour group for private access to the interiors. After lunch and a brief rest at the SRAC, we will proceed on a trolley car for a seated tour of Historic Fairfield Avenue, where Guy Carwile and Robert Trudeau will offer information regarding how Classicism influenced residential architecture. We will head back downtown, where Wendy Benscoter, Shreveport Common, is an UNcommon revitalization project of the City of Shreveport. Shreveport Regional Arts Council will discuss the revitalization process of Texas Avenue. We will head down Texas Avenue on foot for an exciting tour of historic buildings in “preservation-in-progress” and access private buildings. The day concludes with a late-afternoon “Renovator’s Happy Hour” at an intimate venue with heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine.


Our foray ends on the morning of Sunday, October 8, with a private tour of the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum and a private screening of “Unexpected Modernism,” with the film’s producer, Gregory Kallenberg, a 45-minute film about prolific mid-century modern architects in Shreveport, the Weiner brothers. After this, bon voyage!