The one thing that is certain when purchasing a building downtown is that there will be at least one back story. In the case of most of our historic inventory, you can multiply that by infinity and beyond. Take the case of the properties at the corner of Crockett Street and Marshall. The buildings that jointly would have had the addresses 423, 425, 427, 427 1/2, & 429 Crockett come with a lot of history—some which is still on view. Though the ground floor of the two-story has been rehabbed over the years, the top floor still retains a more original layout. In 1918, this would be where you would have come to rent a furnished room from Mrs. C.W. Linxwiler. By 1922, the rooms were made available for men only, by 1923, both men and couples could rent, but not single women. The space stayed a boarding house until becoming the Avalon Hotel in 1935, then the LaSalle Hotel, and in 1950- the Order of Otters. Hands down, this would be our favorite use because we love the name. The Order of Otters was a Fraternal Organization that got its start in Shreveport in 1934. It was a civic & fraternal society that was apparently part of a national organization. The meeting place was known as the ‘otter burrow.’
The most unusual of all the tenants was architect Louis E. Moossy, whose entrance door still stands at the top of the stairs. In 1964, Moossy was voted the head of the American Institute of Architects Shreveport Chapter. A prestigious assignment,
Moossy followed in the footsteps of such luminaries as Samuel Wiener, Clarence King, Luther Haas, Edward Neild, and Dewey Somdal. In fact, Moossy worked for the organization Somdal created, Somdal and Associates. Though his architectural career was likely long and varied, two things about Moossy stand out. One was his precedent-setting lawsuit Moossy v. Huckabay Hospital, Inc., (1973) under which the court ruled that an architect employed to prepare plans and specifications for a building on which there are no cost limitations agreed upon, the architect can recover compensation for his services irrespective of the costs of construction. This particular ruling has been referred to dozens of times over the years in various court cases.
Hands down the strangest story is that after his sudden death in 1998, Moossy’s daughter Deborah placed his remains in the family car. That Broadmoor garage is where he stayed for the next eight years. Deborah, who was sent to prison for attacking a neighbor who left a bag of dog food on the porch, made other family members suspicious when she would not tell them where her father was buried. Moossy’s remains were finally discovered when the family home was sold and his cremation box fell out of the car on the way to the scrapyard.
Other tenants in the ground floor and adjacent one-story building include grocery stores, meat markets, the Russian Village Bar (1940-44), office supplies, bookkeeping services, blueprint, cigar sales, and the famous Glass Hat Restaurant. The Glass Hat is most known for its location on Texas Street, where it moved in 1939. For a time from 1957-59 it was Ridgway’s Blueprints. Ridgway’s, as you may recall, ended up down the street at 719 Marshall, in a building that was converted into the Ridgeway Square condos.
Interested in seeing the buildings for yourself? Here’s the scoop.
Asking Price: $395,000
427 & 429 Crockett in downtown Shreveport are for Sale. The two story can be renovated using Historic Tax Credits; both buildings are in a Federal Opportunity Zone. The buildings together are 13,600 sq. ft. and are situated on the corner of Marshall and Crockett Street. 427 is a former downtown grocery , and 429 housed the former Pay Day Financing operation on the 1st floor. 2nd floor is a vintage historic office type building with original floors, windows, etc. within the line of site of 621 Edwards St. which is also for sale by same ownership. Both can be sold as a package deal along with 9035 Jewella Ave.
- Total Sq. Ft. – 13,600 sq. ft.
- Total Available Sq. Ft. – 13,600 sq. ft.
Stephen Hamm ( email ) • Berkshire Hathaway HS Ally Real Estate