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Louisiana Preservation Conference to be held in Lake Charles

For Immediate Release:  April 23, 2015
For Further Information Contact:  Matt Young. 337 375-7373

 Louisiana Preservation Conference to be held in Lake Charles

The Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation, along with the State of Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation and Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society are pleased to announce the 2015 Louisiana Annual Preservation Conference will be held in Lake Charles on Wed., May 13 and Thurs., May 14, 2015. The state conference was last held in Lake Charles in 2002.

This Broad Street home is one of 4 offered on the Louisiana Preservation TourThe conference will feature an announcement of the 2015 Louisiana Most Endangered Properties and Success Stories, educational seminars, a recognition luncheon, a historic home tour and an optional boat cruise aboard the Lady of the Lake, sponsored by Empire of the Seed Historic Properties.

Most seminars will take place at the Historic Calcasieu Marine Bank Building located at 844 Ryan Street, while a Main Street Managers workshop by the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development Division of Historic Preservation will be held at 1911 Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center. The recognition luncheon is planned in the Charleston Hotel’s Grand Ballroom.


Reflections on the 2015 Palm Sunday Tour of Homes

The 40th Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes was a great success with over 600 guests touring four great 'treasure houses" on a beautiful March afternoon. The houses were unique examples of how preservation covers a wide range of tastes, resources and possibilities.

Porch docent Ellie Marquez provides historical background at the Ryder homeThis was a tour of firsts: the first tour house actually outside Lake Charles and Calcasieu Parish, half of the homes on tour located south of Prien Lake Road, but visitors came to experience not necessarily the "firsts", but the life and value of living in and restoring older homes.

When we share our lives in older homes with visitors, we champion preservation. When we share the worth and dignity of older properties, when we re-use and re-adapt spaces for new lives, we advance the mission of CHPS to encourage wise stewardship of our architectural heritage.


Palm Sunday Tour of Homes is Today! March 29!

Be sure to click on "Read More" below for a user-friendly Google Map that indicates the home locations as well as optional scheduling suggestions.

 825 South Division, Ryder Home825 S Division  1010 Enterprise Blvd, Brennen Home1010 Enterprise Boulevard  
4507 Young Lane 10615 Hwy 384 Front  
4507 Young, Guilott Home Hwy 384, Alexander/Dees Home  


2014 Landmark Awards Announced

The 2014 Landmark Awards were announced at the Annual Meeting held at the Brimstone Museum in Sulphur.

1937 Iowa High School

• New Emanuel Baptist Church

• The Noble Building 

Photos of these buildings as well as Landmark Recipeints over the years can be found within Landmarks section of the Awards Menu.

Calca Commendation Awards for 2014 Announced

CALCA Commendation Awards for 2014 were presented at the Annual Meeting held on Jan 23rd, 2015.

Those receiving this distinction:

  • Kraus Construction Company Michael Kraus for 1150 Ryan Street Commendable Adaptive Reuse of Commercial Building
  • Floyd Fruge for 744 Kirkman Street Commendable Renovation of a Residental Building
  • Kay Noble for 111 Grove Street Commendable Renovation of a Residental Building
  • Bryan and Lynn Boudreaux for 117 Grove St. Commendable Renovation of a Residental Building

2015 Annual Meeting held at Brimstone Museum

The Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society held it’s Annual Membership Meeting on Friday, January 23rd, 2015 at the Brimstone Museum in Sulphur, LA.

The 2015 Board of Directors and Officers were elected and the CALCA Commendation and Landmark Awards were announced.

Melinda Cormier reported the following Advocacy efforts on behalf of Advocacy Chair, Adley Cormier:


Palm Sunday celebrates 40 Years of Preservation: Saving Louisiana's Treasures

Four diverse and historic homes in a variety of Southwest Louisiana locations will be featured on the 40th Anniversary Palm Sunday Tour of Homes.

2015 Palm Sunday Tour of Homes

A spring tradition for four decades, this year's theme is, appropriately, "40 Years of Preservation: Saving Louisiana's Treasures" and will be held on March 29, 2015.

Hours are 1:00 - 5:00. Tickets purchased via PayPal will be available at the Ryder Home, 825 S. Division, from 12:45PM -2:30 the day of the tour. Please provide your receipt at the "will call" table.

This year's Palm Sunday Brunch will be hosted by Nic Hunter and Harlequin Steaks & Seafood.

A record of those who have purchased the brunch will be maintained for use when checking in at the Harlequin. We ask that you bring your PayPal receipt as proof of payment.

Proceeds from the Brunch will benefit the Catholic Cemetery Restoration Project.

The hours for the brunch are 11-12:30.


Another successful Palm Sunday Tour of Homes!

Southwest Louisiana welcomed the 40th Anniversary Palm Sunday Tour of Homes with wonderful weather, appreciative tour patrons and four wonderful homes in a variety of locations. As always, the tour is dependent on a great deal of people, including those who graciously accept us into their homes. We gratefully thank this year's homeowners: Debbie and Glen Alexander, Chelsea and Chris Brennan, Sarah Guilott, and Stephanie and Robert Ryder.

2015 Palm Sunday Tour of Homes

The theme of the March 29th tour was "40 Years of Preservation: Saving Louisiana's Treasures." 

Nic Hunter and The Harlequin Steaks and Seafood hosted this year's exquisite Palm Sunday Brunch and offered the perfect kick-off to the beautiful day while benefitting the Catholic Cemetery Restoration Project. The CHPS board extends its heartful thanks to Nic Hunter as well as the volunteers from St. Louis High School who so capabliy assisted The Harlequin staff.

Kudos and thanks to tour Chair, Trent Gremillion, for the hours of work that he dedicated to making this unique tour a success.


Beautiful Bones: Creative Preservation in Action

2014 Tour BannerSix different and diverse historic homes are on tour April 13th at the 39th Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes. A spring tradition for almost four decades, the Tour offers visitors and members of the public the rare opportunity to experience the interiors of private residences in some of Lake Charles’s oldest neighborhoods.