Quota Club’s Tour of Homes heads to south Bossier

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Kitchings Home — Maxie & Cheryl Kitchings moved into their new home upon its completion in June 2013, and have been creating wonderful memories and new traditions ever since with their three children Katie Jo, Garrett, and Emma. The location offers the best of both worlds, country living with quick access to the city, and it is the perfect place for the thoroughbred racehorses we breed and raise. The couple have always been drawn to southern plantation homes and dreamed of living in one. With that in mind, architect Gene Hodgson designed the perfect home for them. Builder Brandy Mushenski with Pitts Construction brought it to life, and designer Mary Hamby added the finishing touches. The house is approximately 8,000 heated square feet with 5 bedrooms and 6.5 baths and over 4,000 square feet of porches and garages. Providing for every family member’s entertainment needs, it also includes a game room, a media room, a craft room, and a library. Details such as Old St. Louis brick, antique cypress doors and windows, reclaimed hardwood floors, and faux finishes throughout help create the look of an old plantation home. The house can and have entertained 200 guests inside and out. It is a versatile and personalized space. Each child’s room is a perfect reflection of his or her creativity, personality, and style. With whimsical elements like a loft and office for the couple’s son above his bedroom, and a stage and prop storage area for their performers, each space is well suited for. The butler’s pantry includes a Miele Coffee System and a custom stained glass window by Ed’s Emporium that features three generations of racehorses owned and raised by the family.

Holiday  tradition to focus on south Bossier this year

The 23rd annual Quota Club Tour of Homes will be held Sunday, Dec. 7 from 1-5 p.m.

Ticket-holders are invited to stop by the homes of five local residents. Special thanks go to participating home owners who are so willing to open their doors for all of us to enjoy at Holiday time:

  • Shaun and Sassy Williams – 4846 Sligo Road (Oakland Plantation)
  • James Henry Mercer – Taylortown Store
  • Ted and Joyce Lowry – 4848 Sligo Road
  • Maxie and Cheryl Kitchings – 330 Crown Court Place
  • Tom and Becky Dyar – 104 Bear Bridge Circle

Tickets for the tour are $20. This includes a program with map attached, along with pictures and descriptions of the homes. You may purchase your tickets in advance or at the door the day of the Tour.

Raffle tickets will also be on sale at each home for a chance to win a Christmas basket of treats. Tickets are $1 each or six (6) for $5.

The Annual Christmas Tour of Homes enables the Quota Club to continue our local and International service work. The Quota Club uses monies raised form the Tour of Homes to provide Scholarships for graduate students majoring in speech and hearing pathology, birthday books for Bossier Elementary and Plantation Park, Bossier Parish Food Bank and a sign language interpreter for Camp Joy to mention a few.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Jeanette Edmiston at 746-2710 or Marlene Harner at 470-4116.

Oakland Plantation — The white Carolina Style Plantation home was built in stages between the years 1832 and 1846 by Dr Abel Skannal.  The house is approximately 3400 square feet with some remodeling done in early 1970s.  There are currently 5 fireplaces in the home with two being original.  Original pine floors, wainscoting, and large front doors make this 4 bedroom, two bath home also has a library and office with original hand cut timbers from the property found as beams throughout the living area.
Oakland Plantation — The white Carolina Style Plantation home was built in stages between the years 1832 and 1846 by Dr Abel Skannal. The house is approximately 3400 square feet with some remodeling done in early 1970s. There are currently 5 fireplaces in the home with two being original. Original pine floors, wainscoting, and large front doors make this 4 bedroom, two bath home also has a library and office with original hand cut timbers from the property found as beams throughout the living area.
Taylortown Store
Taylortown Store — This is actually the third building to function as a store here. When W. D. Mercer purchased this property in 1882 there was a large commissary & warehouse located about 100 yards east of here. When news of the building of a railroad came, W. D. Mercer decided to build a larger, more modern general store since the crossroad area had been selected to be one of the railroad stops. Plans for the building were drawn up by Shreveport architect, John Snyder. Construction began in 1896 and in 1897 the new railroad and store opened. When asked by the railroad what he wanted to call the stop and depot here, W. D. Mercer said to call it Taylortown for his good friend, W. F. Taylor, whose wholesale grocery business in Shreveport supplied the wares sold in the general store. In 1900 Taylortown housed the general store, a depot, butcher and blacksmith shops, the Doctor’s residence and several other houses for railroad workers and plantation managers. After W. D. Mercer died in 1910, his son James Henry Mercer inherited approximately 1700 acres and took over operation of the store until the late 1940’s. After World War II , William Hodges “Son” Mercer took over the place and a succession of store managers ran the business. In the mid-1950’s the building was reconfigured to house the store manager and his family. By the 1970’s the inside resembled more of a convenience store than the grand old General Store it had once been. It also once operated briefly as a tavern and music hall. James Henry Mercer, II inherited the building and his share of his father’s property in 2008, and began renovation to restore the Old Store. After 9 months the Reception Hall opened in May of 2009.
Lowery Home
Lowry Home — This dog trot style home was built in 2003 by retired Louisiana State Police captain, Ted Lowery, over a two-year period. The home is a 2,300 square foot 2 bedroom, 2 bath cypress siding log cabin with green metal roof. With cypress interior throughout the living area and 8 foot porches on three sides, it is a beautiful replica of an original Louisiana style home. Whether the breezeway is open or the wood burning fireplace is lit, this wonderful home with 10 foot ceilings is comfortable year round. The built in Murphy bed is an exact replica and a unique feature of the home.
Kitchings Home — Maxie & Cheryl Kitchings moved into their new home upon its completion in June 2013, and have been creating wonderful memories and new traditions ever since with their three children Katie Jo, Garrett, and Emma. The location offers the best of both worlds, country living with quick access to the city, and it is the perfect place for the thoroughbred racehorses we breed and raise. The couple have always been drawn to southern plantation homes and dreamed of living in one. With that in mind, architect Gene Hodgson designed the perfect home for them. Builder Brandy Mushenski with Pitts Construction brought it to life, and designer Mary Hamby added the finishing touches.  The house is approximately 8,000 heated square feet with 5 bedrooms and 6.5 baths and over 4,000 square feet of porches and garages. Providing for every family member’s entertainment needs, it also includes a game room, a media room, a craft room, and a library. Details such as Old St. Louis brick, antique cypress doors and windows, reclaimed hardwood floors, and faux finishes throughout help create the look of an old plantation home.       The house can and have entertained 200 guests inside and out. It is a versatile and personalized space. Each child’s room is a perfect reflection of his or her creativity, personality, and style. With whimsical elements like a loft and office for the couple’s son above his bedroom, and a stage and prop storage area for their performers, each space is well suited for. The butler’s pantry includes a Miele Coffee System and a custom stained glass window by Ed’s Emporium that features three generations of racehorses owned and raised by the family.
Kitchings Home — Maxie & Cheryl Kitchings moved into their new home upon its completion in June 2013, and have been creating wonderful memories and new traditions ever since with their three children Katie Jo, Garrett, and Emma. The location offers the best of both worlds, country living with quick access to the city, and it is the perfect place for the thoroughbred racehorses we breed and raise.
The couple have always been drawn to southern plantation homes and dreamed of living in one. With that in mind, architect Gene Hodgson designed the perfect home for them. Builder Brandy Mushenski with Pitts Construction brought it to life, and designer Mary Hamby added the finishing touches. The house is approximately 8,000 heated square feet with 5 bedrooms and 6.5 baths and over 4,000 square feet of porches and garages. Providing for every family member’s entertainment needs, it also includes a game room, a media room, a craft room, and a library. Details such as Old St. Louis brick, antique cypress doors and windows, reclaimed hardwood floors, and faux finishes throughout help create the look of an old plantation home.
The house can and have entertained 200 guests inside and out. It is a versatile and personalized space. Each child’s room is a perfect reflection of his or her creativity, personality, and style. With whimsical elements like a loft and office for the couple’s son above his bedroom, and a stage and prop storage area for their performers, each space is well suited for. The butler’s pantry includes a Miele Coffee System and a custom stained glass window by Ed’s Emporium that features three generations of racehorses owned and raised by the family.
Dyar Home
Dyar Home — Tom and Becky Dyar’s house was built in Oct 2008 and is situated like I always wanted one…in the middle of a short cul de sac, giving space between their neighbors without maintaining a lot of land. The combination of the open floor plan and high decorative ceilings makes this 3900 square foot house feel like it is 6000 square feet! The Fluer de Lis above the front porch is a unique architectural feature. The foyer floor creates an inviting atmosphere as you enter the home. Adding to the unique charm of the home is the couple’s personal clown collection.