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Spring Quarterly Meeting Announced

501 BroadThe Spring Quarterly Meeting of CHPS will be Thursday, March 21 at the Lundy Law Office, the former Federal Post Office and Court House, at the corner of Broad and Hodges Street in Lake Charles.

Doors will open at 6 PM for tours of the office building which was also the working location of Sowela Technical School after its tour of duty as a federal building.

The topic of the meeting is "Professional Offices in ReVitalized Older Buildings" and will feature a panel discussion at 7 pm of professionals who maintain offices in older structures.

Learn about the challenges and joys of adaptive reuse from folks who "Work in Landmarks!"

Suggestions and "Rules of the House" for Palm Sunday

To enhance your tour experience, we offer some suggestions along with the "Rules of the House."

Hopefully, you have already purchased your Palm Sunday Tour of Homes tickets on-line or at one of the two locations: Gordon's Drug Store or the Arts and Humanities office at Central School. If not, "day of" tickets are available at each of the homes.

You may begin your tour at any of the homes on the tour, and you may choose the order in which you visit the properties.  All are in walking distance of each other. However, should you require assistance to get from house to house, courteous cart-drivers will provide the wheels to your next destination.Rules of the House for Palm Sunday Tour of Homes
Docents will admit and assist you in navigating through the property.  Should lines be long at one house, consider visiting another house on the tour until the line is not as long. 

Please observe the following "Rules of the House":

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Purchase tickets to 2013 Palm Sunday Tour

The deadline to purchase tickets on-line for this year's "Windows on the Water" tour is Saturday, March 23rd at 5:00 PM. Tickets are $10.00 if purchased by the deadline.

If you purchase your ticket on-line, bring your receipt to the "Will Call" desk anytime after 12:45 on the day of the tour. The "will call" desk will be located on the front porch of 823 Shell Beach Drive.  Your receipt will be exchanged for a ticket. The tour begins at 1:00.

Ttickets can be purchased the day of the tour, Sunday, March 24th, for $15.00 at any of the homes on the tour.

Tickets for the brunch must be purchased directly at 121 Artisan Bistro at 121 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive.

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38th Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes To Be Held Mar 24

Press Release by Adley Cormier, Matt Young
2013 Palm Sunday Tour of Homes

Lake Charles, La.—The Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society announces its 38th Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes for March 24, 2013. Themed "Windows on the Water" the Tour will feature five distinctive homes with breathtaking lakeshore views on prestigious Shell Beach Drive. The Tour is set for 1 to 5 p.m. Donna and Rick Richard of The Empire of The Seed presenting check to Matt Youngon that Sunday afternoon. A separate Traditional Sunday Brunch will be available by reservation with 121 Artisan Bistro (located at the gates of the historic Margaret Place Historic District) between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

"The houses on tour display a variety of architectural design and exquisite interiors, and each offers a glimpse of contemporary living in historic properties. The annual Tour of Homes is a much anticipated community event and design resource," said Donna Richard, 2013 Tour chair. "The Tour will also offer patrons a souvenir program with historic images and information about the Shell Beach area."

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Awards/Endangered List Announced at Annual Meeting

Guests at this year's annual meeting were treated to a presentation by Dwayne Jones, executive director of the Galveston Historical Foundation. Dwayne Jones

The meeting was held at 205 Shell Beach Drive, a Landmark property owned by Willie Mount.

As is the CHPS tradition, the "Eleven Most Endanged" were announced and awards presented.

This slideshow features photos of both.

In addition, attendees learned details about this year's Palm Sunday Tour of Homes, "Windows on the Water"
from the 38th Annual Palm Sunday Tour Chair, Donna Richard.

Tanis and AC with Landmark plaqueThis year's tour will consist of homes along historic and prestigious Shell Beach Drive.

CHPS welcomed The Leland H. Moss House to the distinguised list of homes on our Landmark Registry as well as the Charleston Hotel.

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Annual Meeting Announced

The Annual Meeting of the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society will be held Thursday, January 24th, at the Landmark home of Willie Mount, 205 Shell Beach Drive in Lake Charles.
205 Shell Beach Drive, Lake Charles, Artwork by Sue Zimmermann

Social to begin at 6:30, Program to begin at 7:00.

On the program:

  • Exciting details about the 38th Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes "Windows on the Water" by Tour Chair Donna Richard.
  • The Landmarks Inductees by A C Bourdier.
  • The Eleven Most Endangered candidates, and short reports on projects and programs of your CHPS for 2012 including the 37th Annual Palm Sunday Tour in Historic Margaret Place and Gerstner Field marker project.

Speaker on tap is Dwayne Jones, executive director of the Galveston Historical Foundation.

Margaret Place Home Featured in Old House Journal

Hearty congratulations to Theresa and Jim Barnatt of Margaret Place for the excellent and informative five-page color-image story in the January 2013 issue of OLD HOUSE JOURNAL, a premier national restoration magazine.  

Barnatt Home. Art work by Sue ZimmermannThe article by Deborah Burst with images by Andy Olenick focused on the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of restoring "La Maison Rouge". 

The magazine coverage was a happy result of the successful 2012 Palm Sunday Tour of Homes project of the Margaret Place Historical District Association, CHPS, and the Lake Charles-Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).  

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Theme for 2013 Tour Palm Sunday Tour Announced

The 38th Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes will be themed “Windows on the Water” with 5 gracious homeowners sharing their gardens and interiors on Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013.

Lake Charles from Shell Beach DriveAll of the historic homes on tour feature beautiful lakeshore views along prestigious Shell Beach Drive in Lake Charles. Historically Shell Beach Drive was part of the Old Spanish Trail (also known as historic U. S. Highway 90) that crossed the continent and connected the Old South with the Pacific.

Homes along this beautiful shoreline will display a variety of distinctive exterior design styles, lush sub-tropical gardens, and exquisite interiors. Much more information about sites, details, and times to come on the CHPS website as the Tour preparations proceed!

Preceding the Tour on Sunday will be the Palm Sunday Tour Brunch (separate admission) at 121 Artisan Bistro at 121 Doctor Michael Debakey Drive in Lake Charles.

Photos 2012 Palm Sunday Weekend

A separate website has been created to display the numerous photos which captured the flavor of the 2012 event. Also, several "albums" have been posted on Facebook on both the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society page and the Margaret Place Historical District page.

cg_0209_Melinda, Adley, William, Nancy, The Soul VacationCHPS wants to once again say "Thank You" to the homeowners, docents, volunteers and the Margaret Place Historical District for what turned out to me a memory-making weekend!

Be sure to enjoy this news coverage by KPLC.

The Palm Sunday Tour of Homes is sponsored by the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society.

This year, CHPS joined forces with the Margaret Place Historical District to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Margaret Place.

The City of Lake Charles designated Margaret Place a historical district in the mid 90's.

Margaret Place is located between Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive and the Lake, and Pithon and Griffith Coulees.

The Margaret Place Model

The joint venture between the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society (CHPS) and the Margaret Place Historical District (MPHD) went beyond delivering a Tour of Homes.

Our premise was, and is, simple; use the CHPS tour as a goal for a historic area (or a sub-set of a historic area) to come together to improve and showcase the homes and characteristics of that area.

While the 2013 tour will benefit from systems put in place this year, the grander achievement is that MPHD came together to accomplish signficant achievements and goals.

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