Manning Architects, along with Shreveport-based firm mcNew Architecture, took the historic site into careful consideration when developing plans to convert the space into a museum. Phase I will consist of the partial demolition and renovation of the existing church into an outdoor performance and exhibit area which can be used for plays, lectures, and other civic and social events. This phase will also include overall site development consisting of a parking lot, ADA-compliant accessibility, and a memorial garden featuring an outdoor exhibit area, reflective pool, sculpture garden, and memory wall. Phase II will feature a new three-story museum structure with 4,000 square feet of exhibit space. The final phase will feature a two-story, 9,000 square foot addition to the museum. It will consist of an additional 3,900 square feet of exhibit space, a pre-function space and a large multi-purpose room with a 200-seat capacity.
City of Shreveport