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CHPS Mission


Historic Lake Charles City HallThe mission of the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society (CHPS) is to encourage the preservation of historical buildings, objects, and places relating to the history of Louisiana and Calcasieu Parish, including its natural beauty and all that is distinctive to our state.

One of the primary ways that CHPS accomplishes this mission is to recognize those who have contributed toward the preservation of buildings, objects and places. This is done by presenting awards to deserving property owners via the Calca Commendation and the Landmark Awards.

Membership

Pick from one
of these six membership categories:

Individual      $10.00

Family          $20.00

Sustaining     $35.00

Patron         $50.00

Corporate   $100.00

Major Donor  $250+

Join using our on-line membership form.

Charpentier

Home on Kirby in the Historic Charpenteir District. Click here for a photo gallery of homes in the Charpentier District

Margaret Place

Bungalow on Grove Street in Margaret Place.
 

Shell Beach Drive

Photo of Shell Beach Drive, Image from the collection of Trent Gremillion
 

Lost Landmarks

Postcard of the porch at the Majestic Hotel, a Lost Landmark

Area History and More!

Longtime preservationist and former President of CHPS, Adley Cormier, has graciously permitted us to publish a copy of his Timeline History of Southwest Louisiana.

Adley Cormier first presented this document to the Southwest Louisiana Genealogical Society.
 

On October 1, 2013, Adley Cormier, a local historian and City of Lake Charles Historic Preservation Commissioner (HPC) gave a presentation on researching historic homes and building historic districts. This was part of the ongoing "Tidbits of History" program of the Southwest Louisiana Genealogy and Historical Library, a branch of the Calcasieu Public Library System.

The presentation was also videoed for broadcast on C-Gov, the Parish's television channel. Cormier's presentation offered practical advice on how to explore and document building and neighborhood history. He provided this transcript of the presentation

42ND Palm Sunday Tour of Homes Selected

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

42ND PALM SUNDAY TOUR OF HOMES SELECTED FOR APRIL 9 EVENT

IMG 2896Six homes will be the selected properties for the 42nd Palm Sunday Tour of Homes, April 9, 2017 sponsored by the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society (CHPS).

According to Karen Miller, Tour Chair, the theme of “PAST+FUTURE” reflects the new wave of quality infill homes with traditional character and detailing in truly historical neighborhoods.

Three properties on tour are vintage Lake Charles homes: the Granger Home, landmarked as “the Flanders House” at 605 Mill and Moss; the Nava Home, listed as the historic Levy House, circa 1900, at 618 Moss Street; and the Shreve Home (a Shearman cottage property) at 406 Hodges.

In addition, three newly constructed properties—built to quality standards with new technology and materials, but using vintage patterns and designs—will be on tour as well. Tour patrons will be able to view the

Pre-event tickets are priced at $10 and will be available at Gordon’s Drug Store on Lake Street in Lake Charles and at Papersmith on Ernest Street just north of Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles. (These vendors can take cash or checks made out to CHPS for the purchase of tickets.)

Online sales of tickets are available at calcasieupreservation.org.

The Tour includes a full color souvenir program with images. The 42nd Palm Sunday Tour of Homes is part of the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the City of Lake Charles.

On Palm Sunday, day-of-event- tickets will be available at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd which will serve as a hospitality, will-call, and information center. In addition, the sanctuary of this National Register individually listed property will be open for touring with members of the congregation serving as hosts and guides.

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Landmark Recepients named at Annual Meeting.

11thStreet1520 GabrielThis powerpoint presentation provides photos and information about the 2016 Landmark Properties.

These properties were presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting by Landmark Commitee co-chairs Charla Blake and Ann Caston.

To learn more, visit the Landmark section here on CalcasieuPreservation.com which will soon feature the properties shown in the powerpoint presentation.EnterpriseBlvd 1718 MGehee

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2017 Palm Sunday Tour of Homes Tickets

Tour tickets may be purchased in advance for $10.00/person:

  • at Gordons Drugs on Lake Street or the PaperSmith on Earnest Street. Only checks or cash accepted. 

  • online via PayPal through 5:00PM, Saturday, April 8, 2017. 

Be sure to print your receipt in order to exchange it for your ticket(s) at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Kirkman Street. 


Good Shepherd 715 Kirkman StListed individually on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 The Church and Parish Hall serve as Headquarters for the 42nd Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes, providing parking, will call window, information and guest accommodations. In addition, the Sanctuary of this historic church will be open for touring.

The Church of the Good Shepherd circa 1896 is a limestone, Gothic Revival, basilica plan church designed to serve the Episcopal congregation in Lake Charles. The church is constructed of coursed, rock-faced limestone and features double lancet windows and two tier exterior buttresses.

Each gable end of the church is treated with a gable parapet. North of the chancel is a sacristy set in a protruding semi-octagonal bay. The nave features a stained pine, hammer beam ceiling with hanging pendants and a double framed roof.

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2017 Palm Sunday Theme, Date Announced

Past+Future: The 42nd Palm Sunday Tour of Homes will take place April 9, 2017 and the theme is Past+Future.

The Tour will focus on properties in the northern part of the Charpentier Historic District, north of Broad, south of the Interstate, from roughly Bilbo to Louisiana.

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