Austen Place Bed and Breakfast Mansion Tours

October 6 - December 29, 2019

Built in 1896, the Ogilvie-Wiener Mansion is the largest Queen Ann-style historic mansion in North Louisiana. The mansion boasts 9,000-square-feet with three stories.

This historic mansion was originally a private home. In 1951, the family leased the house and it was remodeled and opened as a private supper club, "The Florentine Club." The upper-class establishment featured entertainment by nationally known performers, such as Perry Como, pianists Ferrante and Teicher, Big Band orchestras (notably Jan Garber, of Shreveport) and many others. Among the famous that patronized The Florentine were John Wayne, Bette Davis, Doris Day, William Holden, Ethel Merman, just to name a few. The Florentine operated until 1960, closing due to financial troubles.

The house went through numerous reincarnations and began a series of owners until 2011 when it was purchased by John and Debbie Bryant of Shreveport.

30-minute tours are available from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sundays and by appointment during the week. Admission is $10 per person and proceeds benefit the restoration of Ogilvie-Wiener Mansion.

Austen Place Bed and Breakfast Mansion Tours