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Palm Sunday Tour of Homes in Lake Charles

One Hundred Years in Margaret Place

Annual Tradition in Southwest Louisiana

The 37th Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes will feature properties and lifestyles of Margaret Place, Lake Charles’s original streetcar subdivision celebrating one hundred years of its founding.

Tour events have expanded to fill the entire March 31-April 1, 2012, weekend. Walking tours both days will showcase the rich variety of bungalows and revival-style homes and gardens in this jewel-box historic district.

Special educational exhibits, displays of vintage vehicles, and in-depth interior tours of nine privately owned homes offer unique views of a bygone age. A historically significant, yet modern, sustainable, and friendly jewel-box neighborhood will be showcased during this special weekend celebration.


The Palm Sunday Weekend Joint Committee

The scope of the Palm Sunday Weekend, 2012 required a significant effort!

Joint CommitteeA  tremendous team was formed to deliver the 37th Annual Palm Sunday Tour.

The following volunteered their time and talents :

Calcasieu Historical Preservation Committee Representatives:

MK Hopkins, Chair and President of MPHD

Toni Yoder, Co-Chair

Several members of the Joint Committee prior to a meetingDonna Richard, President CHPS

Adley Cormier, Publicity Chair

Melinda Cormier, Exhibit Chair

Diane Frank, Preservation Groups

Sue Durio, Fiancial

Nancy Moss

William Coltrin 

Margaret Place Historical District (MPHD)


Friend of Margaret Place and Preservation deadline announced.

The deadline to be listed in the program as a "Friend of Margaret Place and Preservation" is noon on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2012.  You can pay using the PayPal link below. These three "perks" make this $200 option worth considering:
  • Company logo and/or name on CHPS sponsor page on website
  • One complimentary ticket to the Palm Sunday Tour of Homes
  • Name listed on the "Friends of Margaret Place and Preservation" section in the 24 page program


Palm Sunday 2012

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. 

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. .

June Quarterly Meeting

 The June Quarterly Meeting of the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society will be on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at the DeQuincy Railroad Museum.


36th Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes

Five houses rescued from the very edge of demolition will be the featured homes in this year’s Palm Sunday Tour of Homes on April 17, from 1 pm to 5 pm, in the Charpentier Historic District in central Lake Charles.  


2010 in Review

Yearly, the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society delivers many educational and enjoyable activities to Southwest Louisiana.

The following is a recap of the review as presented by CHPS President, Donna Richard:


Michael Wyatt addresses CHPS Members at Annual Meeting

Michael Wyatt displays photos of endangered properties during Annual MeetingMichael Wyatt with the Louisiana Trust for Historical Preservation (LTHP) was the guest speaker at the CHPS Annual meeting held on Jan 27th.

Mr. Wyatt is the first Preservation Field Services Coordinator for the LTHP. He was hired last year, with funds provided by the Wilson Challenge Grant (a 3-year Partner in the Field program funded by the National Trust and generous contributions from local sponsors throughout the state).

In his presentation, Mr. Wyatt, shared the LTHP Endangered Properties List, including several from Shreveport and Alexandria. He provided some encouraging news: people are showing interest in saving some of the beautiful sites for possible adaptive reuse (including a church).


2011 Annual Meeting Held at Woosley Home

The annual meeting of the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society (CHPS) was held on January 27th at the home of Carolyn and Mary Woosley at 1401 Shell Beach Drive c. 1920.

In keeping with CHPS custom, CALCA and Landmark Awards were presented, elections held for the new Board of Directors and a report outlining the year's efforts by CHPS was presented.. Also, as part of the program, members were allowed to tour the entire 3 stories of this beautiful and historic home. A.C. Boudier provided the following historical insight about this landmark home, known as "The George Law House".


2011 Annual Meeting Announced

The annual meeting of the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society will be held on Thursday, January 27th, 2011 at 6:30 PM at the Woosley Home at 1401 Shell Beach Drive.

There will be a social with refreshments, a tour of the home, voting for the board of directors, and the presentation of awards and officers.

Michael Wyatt, Field Represenative of the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation is the guest speaker.