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2019 Palm Sunday Announced.

Forty Fourth Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes Announced for April 14

The Forty Fourth Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes will be on April 14, 2019, Palm Sunday afternoon from one p.m to five p.m. according to Karen Miller, steering committee chair. The theme will be: Innovations and Traditions Between the Parks.

Five private residences and one garden space will be on Tour. Properties are located in the prestigious neighborhoods between Lock Park and Drew Park in vintage shoreline Lake Charles.

Drew Park and Lock Park are jewel box public parks and they bracket some of Lake Charles’s most desirable neighborhoods including Margaret Place, Shell Beach Drive, and Alvin and Watkins Streets. Staff and docent tour guides will provide historical content and color information at each of the properties on the day of the Tour.

Innovations and Traditions will focus on stylish interiors including

  • upgraded Craftsman inspired features on two fabulous family homes
  • a complete re-working of a vintage fire house now used as a guest house
  • an authentic bungalow cottage updated for contemporary living, and
  • the glamorous retirement property designed for retired Louisiana reform governor Sam H. Jones and wife Louise.
  • A charming courtyard garden on the Lake is also a part of the Tour menu.

The Palm Sunday Tour of Homes is a Southwest Louisiana tradition and one of the spring’s showcase cultural and social events.

Tickets for the Tour will be available beginning March 10th at several retail outlets in the Lake Charles area or online at the Preservation Society website:


42ND Palm Sunday Tour of Homes Selected



IMG 2896Six homes will be the selected properties for the 42nd Palm Sunday Tour of Homes, April 9, 2017 sponsored by the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society (CHPS).

According to Karen Miller, Tour Chair, the theme of “PAST+FUTURE” reflects the new wave of quality infill homes with traditional character and detailing in truly historical neighborhoods.

Three properties on tour are vintage Lake Charles homes: the Granger Home, landmarked as “the Flanders House” at 605 Mill and Moss; the Nava Home, listed as the historic Levy House, circa 1900, at 618 Moss Street; and the Shreve Home (a Shearman cottage property) at 406 Hodges.

In addition, three newly constructed properties—built to quality standards with new technology and materials, but using vintage patterns and designs—will be on tour as well. Tour patrons will be able to view the

Pre-event tickets are priced at $10 and will be available at Gordon’s Drug Store on Lake Street in Lake Charles and at Papersmith on Ernest Street just north of Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles. (These vendors can take cash or checks made out to CHPS for the purchase of tickets.)

Online sales of tickets are available at

The Tour includes a full color souvenir program with images. The 42nd Palm Sunday Tour of Homes is part of the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the City of Lake Charles.

On Palm Sunday, day-of-event- tickets will be available at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd which will serve as a hospitality, will-call, and information center. In addition, the sanctuary of this National Register individually listed property will be open for touring with members of the congregation serving as hosts and guides.


Landmark Recepients named at Annual Meeting.

11thStreet1520 GabrielThis powerpoint presentation provides photos and information about the 2016 Landmark Properties.

These properties were presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting by Landmark Commitee co-chairs Charla Blake and Ann Caston.

To learn more, visit the Landmark section here on which will soon feature the properties shown in the powerpoint presentation.EnterpriseBlvd 1718 MGehee

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Quarterly Meeting Announced

The Summer Quarterly Meeting of the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society will take place at 6:30 pm, Thursday June 30th at Lake Charles City Hall.

Pioneer BldgThe program will include the unveiling of a special historic marker at the front of the building along with short presentations about the 1959 visit to the building by then-candidate John F. Kennedy and about mid-century architectural style.

City Hall was originally built as the “Pioneer Building” by oilmen Mordello Vincent and Lee Welch.

The structure served as an office building and site of the Pioneer Club for several decades until purchased in the seventies and adaptively reused by the City.

This event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


41st Annual Palm Sunday Tour Termed A Success

Six historic homes, an historic church building and a bonsai garden were all featured properties at the 41st Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes on May 20, 2016.

Almost 700 paid admissions, along with approximately 80 volunteers, made the 41st Tour one of the most successful, according to tour chair Adley Cormier.

The owners of the selected properties on tour were presented with 2016 House Tour badges to commemorate their participation in the event.

Photos of the 2016 Palm Sunday Tour of Homes

Neighborhood Gems:  Fresh Ideas in Vintage Properties.

A brilliant sunny day greeted patrons of the 41st Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes on March 20.  Six beautiful homes opened their doors for patrons along with a fascinating Bonsai garden and a historic church building.  Great stories to share, as always.  

Mark your calendars for the 42nd Palm Sunday Tour on April 9, 2017!  It's not spring in Southwest Louisiana without the Palm Sunday Tour of Homes!

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41st Annual Tour of Homes Announced

For Immediate Release

Eight neighborhood gems will be on tour at the 41st Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes March 20, 2016 according to the Calcasieu Historic Preservation Society (CHPS).

Palm Sunday, 2015In addition to six private residences, the tour will include the interiors of a place of worship and a renowned collection of bonsai.

The Tour is scheduled for 1 pm to 5 pm on Palm Sunday.

Residences on tour include the Davis House at 902 Kirby St, the Lancaster House at 903 Kirby, the Bill Terry/Reid Tyler House at 917 Kirby, the Lacy House at 1010 Reid, the Durio House at 832 Iris, and the Mulvey House (QuinnOaks) at 736 Pujo Street.

In addition, the Walker Bonsai Garden at 916 Kirby and the Christian Science Reading Rooms at 701 Kirby will open their doors for Tour patrons.


Purchase 2016 Palm Sunday Tour Tickets At Central School

Neighborhood Gem

  Those who puchased tickets on line are reminded to exchange your reciept for tour tickets at the "Will Call" desk which will be located at Central School. 


Lost Landmark Trolley Tour September 26th

A string of ceremonies will unveil new signage to mark three Lost Landmark sites on Saturday September 26, 2015 according to CHPS advocacy chair, Adley Cormier. The Lost Landmarks project identifies and tells the story of lost but important structures in Calcasieu history.

Custom-made metal markers will be unveiled and dedicated at the original sites of LaGrange High School, of the Louisiana Baptist Orphanage, and of the lost railroad stations. At each site, there will be a dedication, and a short history of the site will be told. Individuals with personal stories or recollections of the sites are welcome to share oral histories.


Lost Landmark Trolley Tour

The public is invited to CHPS "Trolley Tour" Unveiling of the new Lost landmark signs beginning at 10 AM Saturday September 26. That's when we meet at the City Transit Center at Clarence and Ryan to board the City's trolley bus to visit and dedicate the new signage.

We'll visit the sites of the lost original LaGrange High School, the site of the Louisiana Baptist Orphanage, and the sites of the lost railroad stations, hear and tell stories of those landmarks, and get you back to the Transit center in time to head out to lunch at one of the new places downtown or to the Civic Center for the Hurricane Day activities planned for the rest of the afternoon. Hope to see you there!

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