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Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society

Historic Areas and Sites in Calcasieu Parish


  • Downtown Lake Charles

    Downtown Lights, Photo courtesy of Laura Kelley

    A vital downtown, especially one with the historical significance of Lake Charles, is critical to economic development and general well being.

    The Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society has eagerly observed the progress of the Downtown Development efforts and encourages everyone to follow suit. Fortunately, it is quite easy to monitor the progress and plans as they are only a click away!  Simply visit the official website for the City of Lake Charles and click on "Downtown" from the Main Menu.
  • Charpentier Historic District

    Home in the Charpentier DistrictThe Charpentier (pronounced 'shar pah t yeah') District was formed by the city council in the mid 1980's.

    The district was placed on the National Registry in 1990.

    The area includes approximate twenty (20) blocks of homes and commercial buildings dating back to the late 1800's and 1900's.

    Be sure to check out our photo gallery of the Charpentier District.

    • Historical Streets and Images
      The articles below are highlights from “Lake Charles Street Names and Other Memorabilia of the Lake City” by Lloyd G. Barras. 
      The images are courtesy of Trent Gremillion, the McNeese Archives, and the American Press.
  • Margaret Place

    Bungalow on Grove Street in Margaret PlaceMargaret Place Historical District was formed by the City Council in the mid 90's.

    It follows the same guidelines as the Charpentier District.

    Margaret Place is a considerably smaller area, but offers a variety of styles, including many bungalows.

    For the 2012 Palm Sunday Tour of Homes, CHPS joined forces with the Margaret Place Historical District to present the 37th Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes along with the Margaret Place Fan Tour, and a Centennial Brunch.


  • Shell Beach Drive

    Shel lBeach Drive image courtesy of Trent GremillionThe heyday of Shell Beach's history was probably that time when Shell Beach Drive formed part of the fabled transcontinental route, the Old Spanish Trail.

    The Trail was conceived in 1915 as the shortest roadway between the American South and the Pacific Ocean, routed over what would become US Highway 90 and Highway 80.

    Read more of Adley Cormier's article on Shell Beach.


  • Gerstner Air Field
  • Ghost Buildings

    Barbe Pleasure Pier

    Ghost Buildings That Helped to Create Southwest Louisiana 
    By: Adley Cormier
    Postcard from the collection of Trent Gremillion

    These important structures, now lost, helped to create Southwest Louisiana and helped to define our economy, culture and unique lifestyle today.

    Though lost by fire, or neglect or demolition, these lost structures were important to our corner of Louisiana.

  • Barbe Pleasure Pier
  • DeQuincy