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Palm Sunday Weekend dedicated to the memory of Ben Mount


The 2012 Palm Sunday Tour of Homes and related events will be dedicated to the memory of the late Ben Mount, longtime preservationist and Margaret Place resident.

The announcement was made at the Annual Meeting of the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society (CHPS) with a backdrop of photos of Mr. Mount, fondly remembered as "the Mayor of Margaret Place." The meeting began with a moment of silence for Mount, who died in his Landmark Margaret Place home after a valiant fight with lung cancer. The moment of silence was especially poignant as the host home for the meeting, 101 Pithon, was the Mount’s first Margaret Place residence.


2011 Award Recipients

Photos of the award recipients for the 2011 Landmark and Calca Awards.


  • Par Development Group, LLC, Chris Khoury and Robert Authemont, Residential Infill Construction
  • Charlotte and Alvin Touchet, Residential Infill Construction
  • Empire of the Seed, Donna and Rick Richard, Commercial Infill Construction
  • Rhino Renovators, Samantha and Randy LeJeune, Relocated and renovated residence
  • Phyllis and Billy Loftin, Residential Renovation


  • Samantha and Randy LeJeune, 903 Broad Street, The Chester Brown House c. 1904
  • Tammy and Billy Edwards, 905 Kirby Street, The George Samuel Kreeger House c. 1905 (photo pending)
  • Mike Clooney, 112 Grove Street The Thomas J. Clooney House c. 1913 (photo pending)


Images of Margaret Place by Sue Zimmerman

Margaret Place Architectural Accent by Sue Zimmerman Sue Zimmerman's, "Images of Margaret Place"  will be prominent in the souvenier program that will be distributed Palm Sunday Weekend! 

At the CHPS annual meeting, we introduced note-cards which are ideal for framing and will serve as a small fund-raiser for CHPS/MPHD. 


Re-enactment of Streetcar Line on Palm Sunday

The Lake Charles Trolley will help us recreate the historic streetcar lineWe are pleased to announce that the City of Lake Charles has partnered with CHPS/MPHD to temporarily conduct a "re-enactment of  the Historic South Ryan Streetcar Line" as a part of the 37th Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes.

From 1894 to 1926, as many as four steel-rail streetcar lines served the City, providing, at one time, 24-hour transit service to residents. Three of the lines operated as a city utility and one line (known as the "Dummy line" along Broad Street) was operated by the Watkins and Missouri Pacific Railroad. The three city lines served the densely developed downtown and ran south from Railroad Avenue on Ryan Street, two lines then going east on Kirby Street and with one line proceeding north on Kirkman to Goosport.


Sue Zimmerman's Margaret Place Artwork

Gate to the Gardens that will be featured during Saturday's Fan TourThanks to a special donation by The Empire of The Seed, Historic Properties, these Margaret Place images are splintered throughout the CHPS website and will be featured in the full color program for Palm Sunday Weekend.

Special thanks to Margaret Place resident, Cissy Guidry, for taking photographs to aid in this project and to Knight Media for the conversion of Sue Zimmerman’s images for use on this website.

Each image is the property of Sue Zimmerman and may not be copied. For information regarding the purchase of certain originals or prints, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Purchase tickets

The deadline to purchase tickets on-line for $10.00 is Saturday, March 23rd at 5:00 PM.

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

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.

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


Palm Sunday Weekend flyer and form release

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Customized gift certificates available! Deadline for Christmas Gift certificates is December 12th, 2011.

2011 Eleven Most Endangered Announced

The Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society issued its annual list of the Eleven Most Endangered Structures, Features and Sites at the November Quarterly Meeting of the Society November 17, 2011.


Margaret Place Centennial Cocktail

Visit 121 Artisan's Bistro and helpl us determine the Centennial DrinkIt started as a contest to determine one winning cocktail and one winning after dinner drink.  It ended with the attitude that they were each worth celebrating!

With thanks to 121 Artisan's Bistro and those who took part in the competition and the voting, we proudly announce the Margaret Place Centennial Cocktails and After Dinner Drinks.