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Robert Kleinschmidt Watercolors on display this Sunday!

BordensBob Kleinschmidt  was a remarkable artist who loved Lake Charles and it's history.  His handsome and fresh renderings of our most important buildings around town have been popular for decades, and will remain pertinent to the telling of our city's many stories, right through the present and into our future.  

The Palm Sunday Tour of Homes Exhibit is very pleased to display four of Mr. Kleinschmidt's original watercolors from the Margaret Place neighborhood.


An important building is not always an impressive piece of architecture, and such was the beloved "Joseph's Drive-In," once located at Ryan and 7th.  The scent memory of those legendary pizzas, and the fun of socializing at the hangout of choice are not forgotten.


"St. Charles Academy" shows us the elegant old school building that stood on the corner of what today is Ryan and Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive, which provided great dignity to the neighborhood while delivering decades of education to the children of Margaret Place.  

The current north parking lot of ICCS was once home to a deco styled building that dispensed frozen happiness to all of the area, child and grownup alike.  "Borden's" is a theme especially favored in the Kleinschmidt family, as Bob's father, Pops, was the ice cream sales manager there for many years.  

And anyone who remembers Borden's thinks right away of those three iconic ladies behind the counter, as seen in "Borden's Ice Cream Parlor."  To be linked in memory to Gold Brick Sundaes is fame, indeed.