Lyon's Building c. 1907

Come and enjoy Vernon Parish, Louisiana's Legend Country.

The Lyons Building is Italianate in style. The flat roof, imposing
cornices, and arched windows combine to form one of
Leesville’s oldest and most elegant buildings. At the main
entrance to the building, you will see the original mosaic tile
which still runs throughout the first floor of the building.
The building is remembered by many as the location of both
the famous “Happy Hour Cafe” and the office of Dr. I. O. Winfree,
a dentist who practiced for over 50 years upstairs in this
building. In fact, several of the windows on the upper floor still
bear Dr. Winfree’s name. In the 1960s the lower floor housed
Lenahan’s Department Store.
This building, along with the entire row of buildings on the east
side of Third Street, between Texas and Courthouse Streets
were built by B.H. Lyons. Originally, there was a matching
building on the north end of the block, but it, and at least one
adjoining building, was destroyed by a fire in the 1920s. At that
time, Mr. Lyons replaced them with the buildings that remain to
this day. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

115 South 3rd St.