Historic preservation in action during Palm Sunday Tour of Homes

By By Kara Carrier / American Press

Kim Moreno always loved the old, Humphrey home located at 633 Cleveland St. Moreno said she passed by the house everyday on

her way to work, and one day she noticed the house was vacant. She said she knew her family had to buy it immediately.

In 2010, Moreno and her husband, Chad,

purchased the three-story home, which was built in 1901, and began

renovations immediately.

They completed renovating in August 2011.

“We just tried to keep everything original,” Moreno said. “We refinished the original floors, and we bought old light fixtures.

There’s no crown molding. It’s very simple, but there is so much woodwork. It’s beautiful.”

On Sunday, the Moreno’s home was one of six houses showcased in the 39th annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes, which was coordinated

by the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society. This year’s theme was “Beautiful Bones: Historic Preservation in Action”

and featured homes located in and near the Charpentier District.

Matt Young, Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society treasurer, said the Morenos are big fans of historic preservation.

“We saw what they were doing with the house and wanted to get their house on the tour,” Young said.

About 600 people came out for this

year’s tour, which also included the Rhoden home (1112 Hodges), the

Shreve home (518 Clarence),

the Schindler home (912 Pujo), the Cash home (1030 Pujo) and the

Bourge home (1025 Kirby).

This was Cathy Kleinschmidt’s second

time attending the annual tour. “I like the old architectural styles

like the Lake Charles

columns,” she said. “I like hearing about the builders who

designed them. This is something we have been able to pass along

from our area.”

Kathy Weldzius toured the homes with husband, Bob. “This is our first tour of homes,” Weldzius said. “We are moving to San

Antonio next week and this was our last opportunity to see some of the history of Lake Charles that we hadn’t seen before.

I was also hoping I might also get some decorating ideas for our new house.

Sylvia Swartz could hardly contain her excitement while waiting to tour the Moreno home. “I just love antique houses,” she

said. “I think they are gorgeous. I also like seeing how people live in them and hearing how they have restored them.”