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A Ville Platte Historic Home Preservation

The lovely home of Henry and Charmaine Dupré keeps history alive.

The Duprés’ home was built in 1948 by Henry’s parents, Ellis and Dulcie Dupré. The colonial façade, which reflects influences from A. Hays Town, manifests a stately presence on Main Street in the historic district. Beveled and leaded glass doors at the entrance were rescued from a home being taken down on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. They open to reveal an interior that is visibly appealing and timeless. This live oak draped in resurrection fern is one of 11 on the grounds. The largest oaks were planted around the turn of the 19th century by Henry’s father and grandfather. Specialty garden rooms that display the Duprés’ collections of camellias, roses and herbs are canopied by their stately limbs.

Craig Macaluso Photographs

HOME TYPE:  French Colonial

AGE OF HOME:  64 years

NEIGHBORHOOD:  Ville Platte historic district

OWNERS: Henry and Charmaine Dupré

NOTABLE FURNISHINGS:  French mahogany  formal dining table, including 10 chairs; matching sideboard and china cabinet from Belle Alliance Plantation circa 1846 in Donaldsonville.

DESIGN FEATURES:  A spacious entry hall acting as a central foyer is flanked by a formal parlor and a formal dining room.      

AMENITIES:  Two gazebos with views of the camellia garden and the rose garden and antique ornate wrought-iron railings encircling the exceptionally wide front porch.

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