If you’ve ever driven through the Texas Avenue corridor of downtown Shreveport, you may have noticed the majestic, Queen Anne Victorian-style home known affectionately as the Logan Mansion. Built in 1896 for local ice manufacturer and beer distributer, Lafayette Robert Logan, the home is one of Shreveport-Bossier’s most glorious structures. Today, this architectural gem is almost completely renovated, thanks to current owners Billy and Vicki LeBrun.
“This is my dream come true to own a house like this,” said Mrs. LeBrun. “It was a huge decision to buy it in such disrepair, but we’re renovating the house for us.”
Take a tour through the 17-room home, and you’ll notice original handcrafted woodwork, stained and beveled glass, and the beautifully-restored grandeur mahogany staircase. Of course, decorum and beautiful architecture aren’t the only reason people love to visit the Logan Mansion. In the 2,000 square-foot attic, there is said to be the spirit of a girl, Theodora Hunt who leapt to her death in 1904. Mrs. LeBrun loves to tell stories of encounters with Theodora on guided tours through the home.
On Saturday, Oct. 27 and Wednesday, Oct. 31, the LeBrun Family will open up the home for the annual Halloween Candlelight Tour. Starting at 6 p.m., each evening guests will tour the house and hear all the eerie stories. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. For more information call (318) 459-2285. The Logan Mansion is located at 725 Austen Place in downtown Shreveport.
*Note: the street name was recently changed from Austin Place to Austen Place.