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Norla History HAPPY HOUR!

*Excerpt from Shreveport Common*

Come take a tour and experience The Ogilvie-Wiener Mansion. The home, also known as the Florentine, is one of the longest standing historic homes in downtown Shreveport, and nestled in the heart of Shreveport Common! Located at 728 Austen Place, this historic building has lived many lives. The home, built in 1896, is the largest Queen Ann style historic mansion in North Louisiana. It was home to brothers and architects, William B. and Samuel G. Weiner, who designed the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, one block away from the mansion. In the 1950's it was known as the Florentine Club, where national top entertainers and famous guests like John Wayne, Bette Davis, Doris Day, William Holden, and Ethel Merman visited and performed. In 1972, when it experienced a reawakening, it became a meeting place for night owls of all stripes, and the epicenter for underground culture and dance music in downtown Shreveport. It closed in 1996 after previous owner Gene Barnett’s death, and began a series of ownerships until 2011, when it was purchased by John and Debbie Bryant of Shreveport. 

A donation of $15 to benefit Norla Preservation Project and the reconstruction effort of the Ogilvie House

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