Tuesday, June 6, 2023

10 Year Anniversary!

Ten years ago the Alexandria Post-War Suburbs Historic District was listed on the National Register.

Our historic district was the first in the city to have banners.  Unfortunately, the city has not maintained them and they are mostly in disrepair or long gone.  Maybe we can influence the Mayor to have them replaced in all of the historic districts in the city.

On July 13, 2013 a great celebration was held in the district, complete with trolley tours, local music, and walking tours.  Neighbors living in the district and throughout the city turned out on a beautiful day.  The following appeared in The Town Talk.  (click photos to enlarge)

Saturday, March 2, 2019

The Power of Paint

This handsome reverse Eichler on Pershing Avenue was rejuvenated in 2018 with fresh paint, white with grey trim.   It is truly an example of the power of paint in preservation.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Fred Barksdale Mid-century Classic

A custom contemporary mid-century gem at 2829 Elliott St. is currently listed.  This historic home in the Post-War Suburbs National Register Historic District was designed by Alexandria's great 20th century architect, Fred Barksdale.

From the National Register nomination, "A spreading, flat roof, single story contemporary residence occupying the corner of Elliott and Hunter streets. The design, which borrows from the European International Style and Frank Lloyd Wright, is strongly three-dimensional. It makes frequent and marked use of the right angle, often in a dramatic way. The layout is very cross- axial. The main linear body runs parallel to Hunter Street, ending in a wide carport with an extended overhang. At ninety degrees to the main block are a carport driveway, blank carport end wall, and a wall along the driveway that extends to create a forecourt."

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Partners in Preservation - LA Preservation Conference

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There will be big goings on downtown on May 18-19 when the Louisiana Annual Preservation Conference is hosted in Alexandria at the Hotel Bentley.  This is an annual event which brings preservationists from around the state together, and we welcome the event and all attendees to our downtown as well as to our Post-War Suburbs Historic District.

On Friday afternoon, May 19, some attendees will be taking self-guided tours of our mid-century modern National Register Historic District.  There are 149 homes in the historic district, of which all but 14 are contributing elements.  We welcome preservationists to our district and wish you all an enjoyable and safe tour.  Please exercise caution, especially on Elliott Street as it is a through street.

For tour information, select this link or the Tours tab.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Golden Raintree

The golden raintree at 3016 Elliott Street adds a nice touch to this out-of-the-ordinary mid-century modern home designed by Fred Barksdale in our Alexandria Post-War Suburbs National Register Historic District.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Fall Beauty in our Historic District

Along with the architectural beauty that comes with the mid-century modern architecture of the Alexandria Post-War Suburbs National Register Historic District, there is much beauty from the plants and foliage.

On my walk this morning, this Pyracantha against the weathered white wall along Pierson Street off of Elliott Street was just stunning.  Enjoy the view.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Renaissance Ramble

The November-December 2016 issue of Louisiana Life magazine has a wonderful article about the renaissance that is occurring in downtown Alexandria, much due to the vision and ability to implement great restorations by Michael Jenkins.  While our midcentury modern historic district (Louisiana's first of its kind on the National Register of Historic Places) gracefully ages, our city's downtown is coming alive!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Save the Dairy Barn Fundraiser

It's not post-war and it's not mid-century, but the Dairy Barn on the property of the Central Louisiana State Hospital overlooking Buhlow Lake is certainly worth saving.  If you can attend this event, you are encouraged to register early as seating is limited.  Doors will open at 6 p.m. and beverages and cheese will be served as folks gather.
What – Save the Dairy Barn Fundraiser
When – Tuesday, August 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Where - BrainSurge, 1260-G Texas Avenue, Alexandria 
(between Wildwood Pizza and Sylvan Learning Center)
Registration encouraged – seating is limited - www.brainsurge.biz/register
Cost - $12 (proceeds to Save the Dairy Barn Fund at Central Louisiana Community Foundation)
Dave Curry and Nathan Martin of the Save the Dairy Barn at Buhlow Lake Committee will provide an informative program you don’t want to miss.  Most everyone in CENLA is aware of the old Dairy Barn, an historic icon atop the hill on the property of the Central Louisiana State Hospital overlooking Buhlow Lake in Pineville.  But do you know the history of the barn, its current condition, progress, plans, and challenges to preserve it?  What may be the future of the barn?  Learn some answers and share dreams and ideas of what it could become.