Our ample inventory of historic buildings and Louisiana’s attractive Historic Tax Credit entice developers intent on creating everything from residential to retail. Smaller buildings throughout downtown have been already been rehabbed into single family residences, art galleries, office spaces, movie theaters, gift shops, nightclubs and restaurants. We’ll help you find a building, determine a use and assist you in making your dreams come true.
Downtown Shreveport has a strong Bohemian vibe, nurtured by street fairs, concerts, independent films, festivals and art. Artspace, the Bailey Gallery, the Marlene Yu Museum, Southern University Museum of Art, Central ARTSTATION, The Agora Borealis and Sanctuary Glass Studio, High Gravity Glassworks, are among the locations that regularly host art exhibits, parties and events.
Robinson Film Center, and a number of other organizations present the compelling, strange and offbeat. Because we are a Cultural District, you pay less tax on purchased one-of-a-kind works of art.
Shreveport Common & The West Edge
Two sections of downtown focused on the arts = twice the fun. The West Edge is downtown’s first art district, home to Robinson Film Center, artspace, the Lofts @ 624, restaurants and retail. Author William Joyce calls Artspace, ‘A miraculous place where anything can happen.’ We would agree. Artspace is always hopping and on any given day (or evening) you might find fantastic foxes, tattoos, robots, and above all, art in every conceivable form.
The Shreveport Common Arts and Culture District is just steps away, a 9-block area dedicated to starting a ‘cultural’ revolution downtown. The district hosts regular festivals, parades and street fairs, exhibits and tours and is home to a transformational green space, Caddo Common Park, complete with food truck hook ups, a performance space, and of course, artwork. Within Shreveport Common are the Emmett Hook Center, the Strand Theatre, Central ARTSTATION,C & C Mercantile and Lighting, historic Texas Avenue, the Oakland Cemetery and the amazing Municipal Auditorium.
We Have Ghostly Allure
Legend has it the Municipal Auditorium is haunted by friendly spirits (who apparently like music), and some believe those spirits move between the Oakland Cemetery just across the street, and the Logan Mansion, nearby. Opened in 1847, Oakland has many stories to tell and you can learn them on a self-tour or you can join in a tour of cemetery history and haunts.
We have four seasons of fun downtown. Spring brings Holiday in Dixie, artbreak, CORK, the Texas Avenue Makers Fair, and ASEANA Festival. You know it’s summer with the return of the unrivaled Shreveport Farmers Market, Mudbug Madness, the Good Times Festival, and our giant Fourth of July celebration. As temperatures cool, it’s time for the one of the largest art and music events in the south, the Red River Revel. We also enjoy the Fall Farmers Market, BREW, the Louisiana Film/Music and Food Prize and Small Business Saturday. Winter brings holiday events by the dozens and Mardi Gras parades, bals, and pageants. All these special events are in addition to the ongoing exhibits, live music, comedy, and other performances you can find any night of the week, year ‘round!
Spring brings a wide array of food, drink, art and fun to downtown Shreveport. Holiday in Dixie brings a carnival, food, a parade and the Cotillion. See the Chihuahua races and live Mariachis at the Cinco de Mayo Festival. On Memorial Day weekend, visit Shreveport’s ode to Cajun music and food, Mudbug Madness. Sample over 80 wines at the CORK wine festival. View outstanding children’s art work at artbreak, the Largest Annual Student Arts Festival in the South. Enjoy the beauty and culture of the Asian Gardens and the ASEANA festival.
Across the street run, play riverfront park which is connected to an 8-mile riverfront jogging/bicycling trail. Pop up to Spring Street to the Multicultural Center of the South and the Spring Street Historical Museum then take in the item that the Smithsonian covets…a century-old pump at the Shreveport Waterworks Museum located at the McNeil Street Pumping Station. The museum offers a fascinating glimpse back in time, into a way of life more than a century ago. New to the grounds is the Shreveport Railroad Museum which examines the role railroads played in Shreveport’s history.