Built in 1897, this historic Victorian mansion was originally a private home. The mansion is 9,000-square-feet with three stories. The Austen Place Bed and Breakfast, also known as the historic Ogilvie-Wiener Mansion, is best known as the former Florentine Club. The private supper club was known nationally by celebrities such as John Wayne, Bette Davis, Doris Day, and William Holden. The Florentine operated until 1960, closing due to financial troubles.
Recently, the house has drawn interest for its appearance in the opening credits of the HBO series "True Blood" and the feature film "The East." BLOOD.
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. Renovations are still underway to convert the historic mansion into a bed and breakfast.
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 Austen Place Mansion.