Taylor-Cook (Steel Magnolias) House
Taylor-Cook (Steel Magnolias) House320 Jefferson Street
The Cook-Taylor House (Steel Magnolias House) Written history of this home states that it was originally built in the 1840â€™s by Italian architects, Trizini and Soldini, and was built for Louis Dupleix as a store. An earlier writer of Natchitoches history, J. H. Cosgrove, referred to it as a â€?great business spotâ€? and during the Civil War, it has been said it was used as a hospital. In the early 1900â€™s Mr. Jackson L. Bryan moved the home from its original location next to the sidewalk to where it now stands.
The more recent claim to fame of this historic home is the on-site filming of much of the movie, â€?Steel Magnoliasâ€?. Many of the scenes from the movie were filmed in the home and in the grand gardens, adding popularity to this already significantly historic home and quickly making it the â€œmost photographedâ€œ home in town. Notable features include the circular brick columns along the facade of the home, original wood floors, grand staircase, and antiques.Â In 2003, Karen and Paul Rinehart purchased the home, and it became the Steel Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast.