The following is a press release from Opelousas Tourism:
(Opelousas, LA) - Discover Louisiana's Third Oldest City and catch the spirit of the season at the Historic Opelousas Holiday Home Tour scheduled for Sunday, December 4, 2011, from 1-5 p.m. 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.
Tickets for the Holiday Tour of Homes are $15/Adults and $5/Children in advance and $20/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.
The Perrault - Weaver Home
809 S. Court Street
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 & Melanie Weaver who have named it Persimmon Place.
The Rozas Home
209 N. Liberty
This Colonial Revival home was built in 1939 for $50-thousand dollars 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 & Cane Street, this home was built in 1874 of cypress on 3 ½' 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. Professor 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 wed 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' throughout the home with a beautiful cypress staircase in the foyer. To be found inside is a beautiful mallard suite. The home is now owned by the great-grandson of Adelbert Mayer, Jonathan Sebastien and his wife, Justine.
Veazie - Pavy Home
130 West Vine Street
Located on the corner of Vine & Market Streets, this lovely Queen Anne Victorian style home was built in 1905 by E. Veazie Pavy and left to his daughter, Aline. 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.