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Map showing the nine homes on the 2012 Palm Sunday Tour of Homes and 121 Artisan's BistroThe Palm Sunday Tour of Homes expands in 2012 as part of the 100th year celebration of Margaret Place!

In addition to the normal Sunday Tour to be held on April 1st, 2012 and which allows visitors access to select homes, three other events will be held on Palm Sunday weekend! Tickets can now be purchased on-line.

Saturday, March 31, 2012   

    4-6:00, 6-8:00 The Margaret Place Fan Tour and Social is a guided walking and porch/garden/patio tour followed by a social with refreshments, entertainment by The Soul Vacation, and a cash bar. This is an advanced sale/limited-ticket event which is sold out. Tickets remain available for the brunch and Tour of Homes.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

  • 121 Artisan's Bistro will serve brunch on Palm Sunday. Advance ticket purchase only9:30 (sold out) ,10:30, 11:30, 12:30  100th Anniversary Brunch. Those purchasing tickets will be given an option of enjoying brunch at 121 Artisan's Bistro during one of four seating options.  Space is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance. $25.00. Brunch ticket holders receive access to the homes at 11:00.
  • 10:00 - 4:00  Free exhibit, Reflections of Margaret Place and ICCS
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Brunch ticket holders allowed early access to homes.
  • 12:00 - 5:00 Palm Sunday Tour of Homes. Advance ticket purchase encouraged. Tickets may be purchased at ICCS the day of the tour for $25.00 or purchased for $20.00 if purchased by March 1st at Gordon's Drug Store or 121 Artisan's Bistro. CHPS members receive a $5.00 discount.
  • The South Ryan Street Car Re-enactment. Due to the historical nature of Margaret Place being one of the original streetcar subdivisions, it is quite fitting that the City Trolley will be used to assist visitors who park at the civic center. Details will be posted as to pick-up/drop-off locations along with the schedule. There will be no charge to ride the Trolley.
  • J&R Carriage will offer carriage rides to/from the Civic Center/Margaret Place. Two pricing options are available:  One way for only $5.00 or a round trip option for only $10.00

The Palm Sunday Weekend events are a function of a joint committee of the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society, the Margaret Place Historical District Association, the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitor's Bureau, The Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisisiana, The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, ICCS, and  representatives from the City of Lake Charles. The success of a project of this magnitude is dependent on sponsors.  Please  visit our sponsor page.

Volunteers interested in assisting with Palm Sunday Weekend, 2012 are encouraged to contact Tour Chairman Mary Kay Hopkins at 439-1079 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Volunteer opportunities include serving as docents, assisting with logistics, ticket sales, and more.

Residents, former residents and preservationists are asked to take part in the Margaret Place Memory project as soon as possible. Send articles or comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .