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2019 Palm Sunday Tour Announced!

Forty Fourth Annual Tour of Homes to be held on 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.

303 Shell Beach Drive

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Staff and docent tour guides will provide historical content and color information at each of the properties on the day of the Tour.

Park AvenueInnovations 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.

129 Dr Michael DeBakey Dr

Tickets for the Tour are available at Gordon Drug Store and The PaperrSmith or on-line via PayPal until 2:00pm Saturday, April 13th. 

Pre-event tickets are $10, and tickets on the day of the Tour are $15.

A full color program with local historical information, tour map, and a suggested tea-room will be available on the day of the Tour at the Tour Headquarters, Drew Park Pavilion on Dr. Michael Debakey Drive beginning at 12:30 PM. 



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Lyons - Mazilly House, 301 Hall Street in DeQuincy

The Lyons - Mazilly House at 301 Hall Street was built in 1906 on a parcel of land purchased from Edgewood Land and Logging Company, which was between Velmer Street and Yoakum Avenue (north and south) and Division Street and Perkins Street (east and west). Dr. George Lyons who built the house was one of the first doctors in Lyons Mazilly HouseDeQuincy.

The original house had six rooms and is of the Queen Anne - Eastlake style. It has a large porch, which surrounds the front and north sides of the house with six turned posts supporting the roof. The original rooms all had 12' ceilings.

Mrs. Lyons passed away in 1950 and Dr. Lyons sold the property shortly thereafter. It was subsequently owned by several individuals and was vacant for many years. The house deteriorated, became home to hundreds of pigeons, and declined to a deplorable condition.

In 1973 the current owners acquired the property. During the restoration, which lasted about a year, a stairway was added in the living room, and two large rooms and a bath were added in the prior attic space. The music room at the front of the house has a large bay window, which accommodates a parlor grand piano. A large fireplace with a white marble mantel was added in the music room.

The front hall entrance door, which is original to the house, has a floral design etched in a glass panel. Originally there were large pocket doors and French doors with gingerbread trim above that separated the music room and living room. During the restoration, the French doors were moved to the dining room and kitchen and the gingerbread ornamentation now separates the kitchen and breakfast room. A butler pantry connects the kitchen and dining room.

In later renovations a library was added where a second stairway serves the rear of the house, and gingerbread trim from the front hall was used in the balcony railing above the library. A large family room and a screened porch have been added and overlook the rear lawn and pool. An additional stairway has been constructed to provide access from the second floor sitting room to the lower garage.

The house, which now has fifteen rooms and four fireplaces, is now home to Dottie and Ronald Mazilly and their daughter Julie.

Welcome to the 1923 Kansas City Southern Railroad Depot & The Dequincy Railroad Museum





The Kansas City Southern Railroad Depot, built in 1923, is our city's most prominent and recognizable historic building and is located in the DeQuincy Historic District.  Its architectural style is Mission Revival and the depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  There are two passenger waiting rooms, a central agent/ticket office, a baggage room, and an open veranda on the bottom floor.  The upstairs rooms were originally used as offices for dispatchers and railroad company officials.

The DeQuincy Railroad Museum was founded in 1974 and occupies the entire building. The museum's mission is to acquire, preserve, and display railroad artifacts of a bygone era and to present a visual history of the role of the railroad industry in DeQuincy's founding as well as its role in the development of the region and state. Of the thousands of railroad artifacts displayed in the museum, most have been donated by area residents, the railroad industry, and visitors. Throughout the year, our larger waiting room is used by local nonprofit organizations for meetings and events and is also available for rent for private functions. On the museum grounds you will find a 1913 steam locomotive, two vintage cabooses, and a 1945 Pullman passenger coach.  An outdoor stage, a covered picnic area, playground equipment, and restrooms are conveniently located here. The museum grounds come alive with activity during the Louisiana Railroad Days Festival which is held during the second weekend of April each year.

We are a nonprofit group and do not charge admission; therefore, we are totally dependent upon our gift shop, rental fees, and visitor contributions to operate the museum.  Without the support of our mayor and city council, and our visitors, we could not continue to operate.

WE GREATLY APPRECIATE DONATIONS FROM OUR VISITORS! Models of little red cabooses are conveniently placed in each of the waiting rooms to accept contributions.








The DeQuincy Railroad Museum Board of Directors is pleased to announce the display of an extensive collection of model steam and diesel engines at the 1923 Kansas City Southern depot which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located in downtown DeQuincy. The invaluable collection was donated to the DeQuincy Railroad Museum in August 2006.

In addition to the permanent display at the museum, there are also items displayed at the DeQuincy City Hall, the DeQuincy branch of the Calcasieu Parish Library, and two local banks, City Savings Bank and Chase Bank.  The items displayed at the banks will alternate and will rotate in the future to Cameron State Bank and Capital One Bank, also in DeQuincy.

Display of Model Engines at the DeQuincy Railroad MuseumThe engines on display are exceptional in their detail and craftsmanship.  Manufactured by Samhongsa Co Ltd,  Row & Co,  Adler,  and Markin,  they are made of high quality brass and contain the standard electric motors associated with toys, but are scale museum-quality models of actual steam and diesel engines.  The scale is referred to as Gauge 1, which is similar to G scale, and runs on G scale track, but each is constructed to the exact specifications of their prototypes. Most of these were produced in the 1970’s and 1980’s and very few Gauge 1’s are produced today because of the level of workmanship and the associated costs of their production making these exceptional examples of the art of model making.  Each of these engines have special wood and brass cases finished like fine furniture and dense foam interiors to protect the models. These models represent some of the largest and most popular trains of the twentieth century. (Blaine Miller)

Beginning with a design concept by former DeQuincy resident Frank F. Douglas of the Douglas Group in Houston, the planning and execution of the display has evolved over several months.  Blaine Miller, Assistant Director of the Imperial Calcasieu Museum, has directed and overseen the technical aspects of the project with the assistance of Gary W. Cooper and Harry Methvin. The display is presented with state-of-the-art museum quality signage and lighting in a large antique wall cabinet donated to the museum several years ago by Candace W. Cooper in memory of her late father, Jake Willrich.  Funding for the project has been provided by the City of DeQuincy.

The collection may be viewed during regular museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 9AM to 5PM.  Call 337-786-2823 for more information or to confirm hours.

Gary W. Cooper, President


DeQuincy Railroad Museum and 1923 Kansas City Southern Depot


Trains on display at the DeQuincy Railroad MuseumThe DeQuincy Railroad Museum is a non-profit corporation established in 1974 whose mission is to acquire, preserve, and display railroad artifacts of a bygone era and to heighten public awareness of the role of the railroad industry in our area as well the region, state, and country.  Housed in the 1923 Kansas City Southern Depot which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the museum has on display a large and varied collection of railroad memorabilia, including a restored 1913 steam locomotive, a 1947 passenger coach and two vintage cabooses.  Also on display are many model trains and an extensive collection of Gauge 1 model steam and diesel engines.

Because DeQuincy has always been a railroad town, railroading plays a major role in our economic, social and civic lives.  Consequently, many citizens of our community and surrounding area are interested in railroading and are collectors of railroad artifacts and memorabilia.  The majority of these railroad buffs are retired railroad families who have generously donated their railroad collections and artifacts to the museum. The museum is housed in the 1923 Kansas City Southern Railroad Depot which has been exquisitely restored to its former grandeur.  The depot is one of the most outstanding examples of the Mission Revival style of architecture in the South. The facility includes meeting rooms for public functions and may be rented for private events as well.  

The depot and museum serve as our town’s only public link with our past and enriches the lives of our area citizens as well as visitors from far and wide.  We encourage school groups to visit to share our educational material on display.  

Adjacent to the museum, we have a landscaped park and playground equipment that provide a picnic and play area for visitors. It is also the site of the annual Louisiana Exhibit at the Dequincy Railroad MuseumRailroad Days Festival which is held on the second weekend in April.

The depot and museum are located at 400 Lake Charles Avenue in the historic downtown area. 

Admission is free but donations are welcomed. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM. 

For further information, read this informational welcome message, or to confirm hours please call 337-786-2823.

DeQuincy Railroad Museum
Gary W. Cooper, President
400 Lake Charles Avenue
DeQuincy, Louisiana 70633

2011 Calendar

Unless indicated otherwise, board meetings are held at 6:00 PM, Room 302 of Central School

May 26, 2011

June 18th, Quaterly Membership Meeting

June 23, 2011

July-No meeting

August 25, 2011

September 29, 2011

October 27, 2011

November 17, 2011

Fall Quarterly meeting

  • November 10th
  • Historic Central School
  • Board selects 3 people for Nominating Committee (for 2012 slate of officers and new Board members)
  • We will have a ceremony to reveal the bricks for Noel Moss and Miss Jo Moss
  • Program to be announced

December 15, 2011

Annual Meeting

  • January 19, 2011
  • 6:00PM
  • Landmark Home known as the James Clooney House, 101 Pithon
  • Election
  • 2011 Review
  • Program - Barbara Wyman, The Bungalows of Margaret Place Historical District


Photo and Article Credits

The Preservation Society is grateful to the following for providng permission to use photos on

  • Convention and Visitor's Bureau
  • American Press
  • Laura Kelly, Heirloom Photography
  • Members of the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society: Virginia Webb for the majority of the photos, including the architectural and style series, and Mary Kay Hopkins

Special thanks to

  • the American Press and reporter Mike Jones for consistent coverage of preservation news. We are especially grateful that we are allowed to reprint articles here.
  • Adley Cormier for permission to include "Timeline  A History of Southwest Louisiana."

In a few cases, graphics have been purchased through

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2019 Board of Directors




Director Position, Committees
Charla Blake President
Phillip Hoffpauir Vice President/Membership
Jo Schexneider Secretary
Sue Durio Treasurer
Adley Cormier Advocacy, Historic Preservation Commission
Rusty Downs Landmark Awards
Joyce Sonnier Landmark Awards
Virginia Webb Calca Awards, Membership
Karen Miller At Large
Melinda Cormier At Large
Donna Richard At Large
Winnie Guillory New Member
Ashley Foret Dees New Member
A.C. Boudier Ex Officio
Rocky Schexnider Ex Officio
Thom Trahan Ex Officio
Mary Kay Hopkins Ex Officio, Technology and Web Site

Bungalow style homes in Southwest Louisiana

Our photo pagea are, like SW Louisiana, a constant work-in-progress.
Below, we feature examples of the Bungalow architectrual style.