Natchitoches Pilgrimage Town Tour
of this house, originally built c.1830 by an Italian contractor named
Soldini, was the main reason for the first Tour of Homes in 1955 planned
by the "Association of Natchitoches Women for the Preservation of
Historic Natchitoches" ... now known as the Association for the Preservation
of Historic Natchitoches (APHN). The house has many interesting features
including a rear roof built in Mediterranean area "cradle" design,
original door and window frames with their "picture-frame" molding
appearance, and a patio with fountain. This site will also offer an exhibit
which will highlight the history of APHN. Located at 310 Rue Jefferson.
Normandy-French style cottage was built in 1927 by W.T. Cunningham, a
beloved judge for Natchitoches and Red River Parishes. The Home has been
recently restored. Located at 305 Rue Poete.
architects Soldini and Trizzini designed and built the Laureate House
c. 1840. Designated a typical European townhouse, with wide central hall,
and a cellar, Laureate is one of the few remaining antebellum homes in
Natchitoches. Mrs. Ruby Dunckelman restored the house in 1943 after it
had been vacant for many years and was being used as a barn. A friend
of Mrs. Dunckelman's, Francois Mignon, suggested the name Laureate because
the house was truly the "laureate" of Poete Street. Located
at 205 Rue Poete.
Steel Magnolia House
home was first mentioned in courthouse records of 1841 but was built prior
to that date. In the early 1900's it was moved from near the sidewalk
to its present position, using the original bricks in the rebuilding process
and carefully preserving the architectural design. History states that
it was used as a hospital during the Civil War. A more recent claim to
fame was its use as the filming site for much of the movie "Steel
Magnolias." This grand home was part of the original Fall Tour of
Homes in 1955. Recently restored and furnished with antiques from around
the world, this home currently operates as a bed and breakfast. Located
at 320 Rue Jefferson.