Historic Preservation Commission

Historic Preservation in Shreveport

The City of Shreveport adopted the first Historic Preservation Commission in June 2013, which authorized the City to create a Shreveport Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), to create local historic districts, and to create and adopt regulations to preserve historic properties inside the city limits.

The goals of the Shreveport Historic Preservation Commission are:

  • Protect, enhance, and perpetuate resources that represent distinctive and significant elements of the city’s historical, cultural, social, economic, political, archaeological, and architectural identity;
  • Insure the harmonious, orderly, and efficient growth and development of the City of Shreveport;
  • Strengthen civic pride and cultural stability through neighborhood conservation;
  • Stabilize the economy of the City of Shreveport through the continued use, preservation, and revitalization of its resources;
  • Protect and enhance the city’s attractions to tourists and visitors and the support and stimulus to business and industry thereby provided;
  • Promote the use of resources for the education, pleasure and welfare of the people of the City of Shreveport.
  • Provide a review process for the preservation and appropriate development of City resources.

What is Historic Preservation?

Historic preservation encompasses a broad range of activities related to the protection, maintenance and care of elements of the built environment that reflect its cultural heritage. Each generation is entrusted with the historical, cultural, architectural, archeological, social and economic heritage of its community. In relation to the built environment, historic preservation activities strive to enrich its integrity and embodied cultural heritage to ensure that they are passed onto future generations.

Historic Resources

Historic Structure: A historic structure is an individual building, site, monument, structure or area that has been determined to have historical significance and whose distinctive character conveys unique architectural and/or cultural heritage.

Historic District: A historic district is an area that contains major concentrations of historic resources. The two principal means of recording historic resources in Shreveport are the National Register of Historic Places and the city’s local inventory. The majority of designated properties in Shreveport on both the National Register and the local inventory are located within national and local Historic Districts. In addition, there are individually designated buildings in both inventories.

The HPC has five (5) appointed  members.

Mr. Lane Callaway (Chair)

Mr. Slattery Johnson (Vice Chair)

Ms. Lane King (Secretary)

Ms. Tammy Phelps

Mr. Billy Wayne

Historic Designation

The National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is the United States government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects deemed worthy of preservation. The National Register is administered by the National Park Service, a division of the Department of the Interior. Listing on the National Register does not eliminate or restrict property rights of individual owners, but it does require that agencies using federal funding consider the effect of proposed undertakings on the historic resource. In addition, having a property listed on the National Register could make its owners eligible for tax credits for expenses incurred preserving a commercial property, and state or local tax credits under certain jurisdictions. National Register information is available from the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development – Division of Historic Preservation.

Local Designation

Most properties on the Shreveport historic inventory are found within local Historic Districts. Local Historic Districts are created by the City Council and their boundaries generally correspond to National Register district boundaries. In Shreveport, individually designated historic structures generally represent properties outside the boundaries of the local Historic Districts that have been determined to be individually, architecturally or culturally important.

Properties outside of any Historic District listed on the local historic inventory are under the jurisdiction of the HPC. All exterior work to buildings and on properties requires the review and approval of the HPC, helping to ensure the maintenance and eventual restoration of the District.

Benefits of Local Historic Preservation

The local designation of local Historic Districts and structures has been found to: 

  • Increase neighborhood stability and property values
  • Preserve the physical history of the area
  • Promote an appreciation of the physical environment
  • Foster community pride and self-image by creating a unique sense of place and local identity
  • Increase the awareness and appreciation of local history
  • Increase tourism
  • Attract potential customers to businesses

DRAFT Common Design Review Guidelines

The Common Design Review Guidelines are intended to act as a tool to help manage change and protect the City of Shreveport’s architectural and historical resources. They provide information, guidance and regulations to be followed by property owners, design professionals, contractors, the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) board members, the MPC, and the City of Shreveport with regard to historic resources. They are intended as a supplement to, rather than a as a substitute for, consultation with qualified architects, contractors, the MPC, and the HPC.

It is recommended that all applicants review the information in the Common Design Review Guidelines sections during the early stages of planning a project. Familiarity with this material can assist in moving a project forward quickly, saving both time and money.

Click here to review a DRAFT of the Common Design Review Guidelines

Historic Preservation Commission Members

The HPC has five (5) appointed  members:

Slattery Johnson (Chair)

Tammy Phelps (Vice Chair)

Lane King (Secretary)

Billy Wayne

Lane Callaway

Historic Preservation Commission Bylaws

Bylaws provide a format and guidance for the operations of the Historic Preservation Commission. The information is gathered from the historic preservation ordinance and written in a way that is easy to understand. It also gives the HPC an opportunity to elaborate on policies in the preservation ordinance.

Bylaws include membership requirements, establish a regular meeting time and place, determine what constitutes a quorum and contain a conflict of interest policy. Click here to review Shreveport's HPC Bylaws.

Public Review and Comments

These documents are DRAFT guidelines and applications that are available for public review. They are intended to assist owners of historic buildings to maintain, preserve, and enhance the architectural character of the district, as well as to assist architects, contractors, and others involved in maintaining and preserving historic buildings that meet acceptable standards of design and treatments of historic properties.

If you have any comments or questions regarding these guidelines or application, please email Slattery Johnson, Chair of the Historic Preservation Commission, at sjohnson@bwor.com. Please include the document, page, and section.