Monday, November 21, 2011

Opelousas hosts Historic Holiday Home Tour

    Discover Louisiana’s third oldest city and catch the spirit of the season at the Historic Opelousas Holiday Home Tour scheduled for 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 in downtown Opelousas. Presented as a preservation project by Opelousas Main Street, Inc., the tour includes stops at four distinct historic homes which all have a unique design and special stories. Architectural styles range from Colonial Revival to Queen Anne. 

The Perrault - Weaver Home
809 S. Court St.
    This home was built of cypress in 1891 by Judge William Charles Perrault, who later became District Judge of St. Landry and Acadia Parishes, and his wife Amanda Lastrapes Perrault, The home contains a parlor, living and dining rooms, four bedrooms and two porches. Sometime after the turn of the century, additions were made to the rear of the home and to the south side of the home. The persimmon tree in the front yard, well over 100 –years old, is believed to be one of the oldest producing persimmon trees in the state. In 2003, the home as purchased by Bob and Melanie Weaver who have named it Persimmon Place.

Veazie-Pavy Home
The Rozas Home
209 N. Liberty

    This Colonial Revival home was built in 1939 for $50,000 behind a beautifully landscaped yard by Alice Boagni Rozas and her husband, Dr. Sidney J. Rozas . Later, the home was owned by their daughter, Mary Ann Rozas Nicholson. The home is constructed of cypress and the massive solid columns along the front originate from Chicago. The home includes five bedrooms, four baths, and formal living and dining rooms with crystal chandeliers, and an outside maid’s quarters . The floors are beautifully buffed oak. The home was purchased in 2006 by Marvin Jr. & Natalie Schwartzenburg. 

Rudolph Adelbert Mayer Home
629 E. Bellevue

    Located on the corner of Bellevue and Cane streets, this home was built in 1874 of cypress on three-and-a-half feet, raised brick pillars. The home was built by Rudolf Adelbert Sebastian Mayer, a professor of music who was born in the Nymphenburg Palace in Germany. 
    Mayer invented the first breech loading rifle patented to M. Martini and was used by the British Army for over 20 years. The professor moved to Louisiana in 1852 and married Mary Dunnon O’Rourke and the home has remained in the family ever since. 
    The home depicts a Louisiana galleried cottage with Italianate influence. It features a typical full front gallery and dormered roof. The ceilings are 12 feet throughout the home with a beautiful cypress staircase in the foyer. A beautiful mallard suite can be found inside. The home is now owned by the great-grandson of Adelbert Mayer, Jonathan Sebastien and his wife, Justine. 

Veazie-Pavy Home
130 West Vine St.
    Located on the corner of Vine and Market Streets, this lovely Queen Anne Victorian-style home was built in 1905 by E. Veazie Pavy and left to his daughter, Aline. The next owner was Aline's daughter, Coy M. Pavy then Coy's sister, Anne P. Boudreaux who left it to her sons Charles and Paul Boudreaux. Built with cypress, it features a rare hand carved Cypress staircase. In 2005, the building was purchased by local attorney Chuck Granger and his wife, Lynn, and now serves as a law office. 
    Advance tickets for the tour are $15 for adults and $5 for children in advance. They are $20 for adults and $10/Children at the door. Advance tickets are available at Sebastien Dupre Jewelry and Back in Time Restaurant. For more information, contact Robbie Sebastien at (337) 948-4367.

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