Randle T. Moore Center
This staircase is one of the many beautiful features inside the Randle T. Moore Center. Moore donated the home to the city as a community center, providing parking space could be provided without marring the beauty of the home or its surroundings.
Most people in the area have noticed the stately mansion at the southeast corner of Kings Highway and Fairfield Avenue. Quite a few know that it is called the Randle T. Moore Center and that various groups, including the Caddo Council on Aging (CCOA) use the beautiful building for all sorts of meetings. But there is so much more to be told about the former residence of the late Mr. and Mrs. Randle T. Moore, Sr. and his family.
Randle Moore started out as a farm boy, working in his family’s cotton fields and sometimes working for other people for 50 cents a day. At 16, he ventured to Texarkana and spent three years as a clerk in a general store.
After his marriage in 1900 to the former Susan Martha Frost, daughter of a prominent Arkansas lumberman, Moore became involved in the lumber business himself, expanding the family business into Louisiana. In 1920, he had prospered to the point that he hired Swiss architects to build the mansion. After an amicable dispute with Shreveport Mayor James C. Gardner over the preservation of some oak trees that were to be cut down to widen Kings Highway, Moore promised to donate the home to the city as a community center, providing parking space could be provided without marring the beauty of the home or its surroundings.
As we are in the Christmas season, several delightful programs are on tap and open free to the public on Thursday of each week. You can also host your own party or holiday get-together at the center for a nominal charge. Think how incredible it would be to have your friends come to “your beautiful home” (even if it’s just for a few hours) for anything from punch and cookies to a full Christmas meal. Contact Mary Alice Rountree or Bernita Stevenson at 318.676.7900 to learn more.
The Randle T. Moore Center is just one example of how Shreveporters who have been a part of the growth, economy, and development of our town believe in giving back to the people.
By Chuck Lambert