Margaret Place is generally considered the oldest recorded subdivision in Calcasieu Parish and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2012.
The boundaries for Margaret Place Historical District are Griffith Coulee, Shell Beach Drive, Pithon Coulee, and the North side of South Ryan. Margaret Place streets are broken down by Streets on the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society website.
There are less than 100 homes within Margaret Place. One of my favorite Margaret Place homes is located at 330 Wilson and was once owned by my dear friends Mickey and Blair Stoker. For years the Stokers hosted First Presbyterian Church’s annual Santa party for the kids. We had quite a big group back in the 1980’s! I have pointed myself out my holding my daughter, Melinda and my son, Curtis, is in the front row!
Ben and Willie Mount (also Margaret Place residents) used to dress up as Mr & Mrs Santa Claus and hand out Christmas ornaments to the children of First Presbyterian Church. Ben and Willie are also pictured above. This photo was taken in front of the beautiful 100 oak tree in front of 330 Wilson which was a favorite for the kids to climb on! 330 Wilson Street home owner, Mickey Stoker is located in the left hand corner of this photo and I also spotted Louisiana Senator Bill McLeod in this photo!
Mickey and Blair Stoker raised four children in this historic Wilson Street home. Mickey loved the area so much that when she decided to downsize after retirement and sell 330 Wilson Street, she built a new home on the lot next door that her husband Blair had drawn the plans for.
If you ask residents of Margaret Place about the neighborhood, they are quick to tell you how much they love it. Not only is Margaret Place a historical section of Lake Charles, the neighborhood is one of spirit. Growing up in Margaret Place, and being raised in the 330 Wilson home, two of the Stoker children still reside nearby!
330 Wilson is also known as the “Locke” home for historical purposes. Leon Locke was Mayor of Lake Charles in the 1930’s. Lake Charles also has a park nearby named after Mr. Locke. You can view the charm of this historic home when 330 Wilson will be on the 2012 Palm Sunday Tour of Homes.
MORE INFORMATION ON THE Margaret Place Centennial Celebration
March 31-April 1
Saturday March 31- Margaret Place Fan Tour. Beginning at 4 p.m. ticket holders will take a guided walking tour focusing on the porch/garden/patio history of Margaret Place homes. This will be followed by a Celebration Street Party with Margaret Place residents including musical entertainment and a cash bar from 6-8 p.m. This event is already SOLD OUT!
Sunday, April 1, 2012–100th Anniversary Brunch.
121 Artisian Bistro is located right in the heart of Margaret Place. There will be two brunch seatings at 9:30 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. This is an advanced sale/limited ticket event. $25. Click here for details.
The South Ryan Streetcar Re-enactment. City of Lake Charles Transit will recreate the route of the historic South Ryan Streetcar line both for citizens and guests of the Tour and other events, using a specially commissioned trolley bus. The route will allow for easy-on-and-off transit and shuttle service from the Civic Center-lakefront area to Margaret Place on Palm Sunday. An onboard docent will tell the story of the streetcar system. The trolly tour is free to the public.
Reflections of Margaret Place and ICCS in Pictures. An exhibition of photographs and images from both the Immaculate Conception Cathedral School and Margaret Place residents, regional artists and archives. Free. Click here for details.
Palm Sunday Tour of Homes. This is an event not to be missed! Ticket holders will have the opportunity to view the exteriors and interiors of nine fabulous private residences in this historic area. One of these homes is the Shell Beach Drive Residence of Former Louisiana Senator Willie Mount. Tickets may be purchased at Margaret Place entrance gateways the day of the tour for $25. Click here for details.
Marilyn Boudreaux is a Full Time Licensed REALTOR in the State of Louisiana affiliated with Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.’s.
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