Palm Sunday Tour of Homes
Sunday, April 13, 2014
The mission of the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society (CHPS) is to encourage the preservation of historical buildings, objects, and places relating to the history of Louisiana and Calcasieu Parish, including its natural beauty and all that is distinctive to our state.
One of the primary ways that CHPS accomplishes this mission is to recognize those who have contributed toward the preservation of buildings, objects and places. This is done by presenting awards to deserving property owners via the Calca Commendation and the Landmark Awards.
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Longtime preservationist and former President of CHPS, Adley Cormier, has graciously permitted us to publish a copy of his Timeline History of Southwest Louisiana.
2013 Palm Sunday Owners, Sponsors, and Volunteers
The success of the "Windows on the Water" Palm Sunday Tour of homes is due to the following homeowners, house captains, tour hosts, volunteers, the 2013 Tour Committee, our sponsors, and our chairperson, Donna Richard, pictured to the right accepting a token of appreciation by grateful CHPS board members.
Claudia and Jim Boyer
Nancy and Wendell Fontenot
Sherrie and Dr. John Raggio
Ann and David Reinauer
Diane and Frank Walker
House Captains, Docents, and Ticket Sales
Photos of homes below courtesy of Virginia Webb
Program for the 2013 Palm Sunday Tour
For our patrons, sponsors, members and supporters, we are posting the program here via this PDF file.
To the homeowners, sponsors, volunteers, and Palm Sunday Committee members, the CHPS Board of Directors extends a heartfelt Thank You for your support of "Windows on the Water"! The record-breaking attendance is a testament to the homes and your efforts.
Sponsor ads are featured within the program and a complete list of sponsors is featured here on CalcasieuPreservation.org.
Photos taken during the tour by Virginia Webb and Melinda Antoon can be seen in this photo gallery.
Photos Palm Sunday Tour of Homes, 2013
The 38th Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes was an amazing success.
Photos by Virginia Webb, Melinda Antoon, and Alan Walker are provided below.
Thanks to the homeowners, sponsors, and approximately 100 volunteers who helped to make this another record breaking tour! Volunteer names will be posted soon.
And, of course, congratulations to chairman Donna Richard and the Palm Sunday Tour of Homes committee for their tremendous work to make "Windows on the Water" such an important offering to Southwest Louisiana.
Palm Sunday Tour of Homes, 2013 in the News!
One thing that the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society can count on at this time of year is the support of much of the local media! The coverage for the 2013 Palm Sunday Tour of Homes is no exception.
History of the Palm Sunday Tour
Thirty-eight years ago, the Palm Sunday Tour of Homes was envisioned and begun by three individuals—assisted by many others of course—but essentially the “baby” of Ann Rosteet Hurley, Reid Tyler, and Bill Terry.
At Bill Terry’s memorial service, stories were recounted of how the three “conspired” to showcase houses in what was then called “the Garden District”.
Ann and Reid were locally born and bred, Bill was from Houston. The three saw that this area had an immense inventory of older houses that could be wonderful homes for couples and families.
They saw the beauty and charm in real craftsmanship, front porches, mature plantings, and sidewalks.
They also knew the lure of the new subdivisions drawing people away from traditional neighborhoods.