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Natchitoches Pilgrimage Town Tour

Lemee House

Restoration 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.

Cunningham/Gustwick Home

This 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.

Laureate House

Italian 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

This 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.