1999-07-10 Holmesville; Hamilton Terrace

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1999-07-10 Holmesville; Hamilton Terrace - HOLMESVILLE WAS A POST-CIVIL POST-CIVIL...
HOLMESVILLE WAS A POST-CIVIL POST-CIVIL POST-CIVIL WAR 'SUBURB' THE '" "7 f PRESENCE OF THE PAST fi V At L m ERIC J. BROCK One of Shreveport's oldest neighborhoods neighborhoods is an area called Holmesville, now considered part of the Highland area. Holmesville, in fact, is the northernmost northernmost portion of Highland and is really older than the somewhat newer Highland area proper. Holmesville is roughly the area of Highland bounded by Jordan Street on the south, Louisiana Avenue on the west, Marshall Street on the east and I-20 I-20 I-20 on the north. Originally, the area was a neighborhood developed on the southern edge of downtown, beginning just after the Civil War. It was a desirable desirable area because overall the neighborhood neighborhood is on high ground and the whole area is rolling, hilly, and rich in natural springs. Indeed, the western boundary of Holmesville, Louisiana Avenue, was once known as Hamilton Terrace (a name reflected in that of the school still located there) and was for a time one of the best addresses in Shreveport. Few of the spacious homes that once lined Louisiana Avenue between Euclid Street and Stoner Avenue still stand; of the few that do, all are in abysmal condition. condition. But many prominent Shreveporters lived on Louisiana Avenue during the early years of the 20th century, including including William E. Hamilton, for which Hamilton Terrace was named; W. S. Penick, founder of the Brer Rabbit Syrup Company and Penick & Ford, Cotton Factors; pioneer oilman W. P. Stiles; planter Abe Meyer; banker Felix Weiller, whose large Tudor revival home was a landmark just north of Doctors Hospital until its demolition in the early 1990s; and many others. Intersecting with Louisiana Avenue is Hulcee Street, which once ran straight through from Line Avenue to Creswell but now starts and stops on and off between the two streets. At the southwest southwest corner of Louisiana Avenue and Hulcee stands 1166 Louisiana, one of the last remaining houses of Hamilton Terrace, formerly the home of hide and fur dealer Herman Loeb, who built it around 1910. ? Nearby is the Hamilton Terrace School, built in 1925. Its sjte, fronting on Louisiana Avenue, was once divided into residential lots with two streets, LaBelle Terrace and Highland Terrace, crossing it for part of its depth. Northern part of Highland once housed prominent Shreveport citizens. The rear of the school's site backed up to the city's large salt-water salt-water salt-water swimming pool, the Victory Natatorium, built in 1919. Its opening was marred by a drowning when young Tony Yazbeck, whose family lived nearby, died on opening day. Nevertheless, the public pool remained a popular part of Shreveport life for manv years until it closed in the 1970s. In 1992 the old bathhouses bathhouses were demolished and the pool was filled in; the site is still vacant. Hamilton Terrace School's site and even its architectural design were originally intended to house a hospital that was never built. Across Louisiana Avenue the North Louisiana Hospital was built in the 1920s, however, having moved from Crockett Street downtown. Today its site is occupied by its successor, successor, Doctor's Hospital. Other Holmesville Streets include Buckelew, named for hardware dealer Newton W. Buckelew, who had a hand in developing the area in the 1890s. Foster Street is named for another co-developer co-developer co-developer and area property owner, J. Claiborne Foster. Wall Street takes its name from the Confederate defensive wall that ran along its present path during during the Civil War. Springhill Street is so named because of the natural springs that ran (and still sometimes run, much to the annoyance of residents) from the hills above the street's southern edge. Also in Holmesville were streets such as Vine, Everett and Euclid (on which one of the city's early apartment complexes, complexes, the still-standing still-standing still-standing New Lincoln Apartment House, was built in 1931). Euclid was also home to many Orthodox Jews early in the century, including for a time the rabbi's residence residence of Agudath Achim synagogue, located at 602 Euclid. Nearby Louisiana Avenue, close to Euclid, was a heavily Jewish neighborhood also, though many families living there were members members of the Reform congregation, B'nai Zion. Davis Street connected Holmesville with the Crosstown neighborhood, but both Davis Street except for a small portion that is now nearly impassable and the Crosstown area have vanished, the victims of the construction of 1-20 1-20 1-20 in the early 1960s. Settlement in Holmesville began in the late 1860s. Until the 1950s a few houses and even a log cabin from that era survived. In the 1870s the streetcar system connected the area with downtown downtown and growth began. By the 1890s the present day streets of the area were all laid out and by 1905 all were paved, Not until after World War II did the area begin its decline. Today the Highland area neighborhood neighborhood organizations are working to salvage salvage Holmesville and revitalize jt but the neighborhood's best years aw long in its past. Most of its important build; ings exist today only in photographs and the memories of a very few. X " Lric j. Brock is a Shmvport hisloritm. 2

Clipped from The Times10 Jul 1999, SatOther EditionsPage 9

The Times (Shreveport, Louisiana)10 Jul 1999, SatOther EditionsPage 9
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