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New National Register Listing, Cash Grocery and Sales, Co

Restored LC Landmark now listed on National Register of Historic Places

New National Rester ListingThe Cash Grocery and Sales Co. warehouse at 801 Enterprise Blvd. has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, said Rick Richard, owner of the structure.

Richard said he was officially notified July 1 of the listing on the register, which is part of the National Park Service.

“We’re thrilled to have the recognition for a place that was so important to the commerce of Lake Charles,” Richard said.

Cash Grocery and Sales is the 15th Calcasieu Parish listing on the National Register. The last building to be added was Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Lake Charles in 1994.

The Cash Grocery restoration had previously been recognized with an award from the Louisiana Trust for Historical Preservation and a Landmark Award from the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society.


2010 Fire Walk Tour

This month commemorates the anniversary of the Great Fire of 1910, the fire that destroyed seven city blocks in Lake Charles.


New website features!

Besides a recent facelift, our website offers a few new features and the promise of even more photos and content.

To better showcase the beauty of the numerous historical areas in Calcasieu, a section has been dedicated to Historical areas and sites. We've started with photos of the Charpentier Historical District, Margaret Place Historical District, and Downtown Lake Charles but look forward to adding other notable areas and sites.

Preservation awards go to area men

ALEXANDRIA — Two Southwest Louisiana residents won top state preservation awards at the 30th anniversary Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation conference. John Crook of Leesville was named Preservationist of the Year for his efforts to revitalize historic buildings in Leesville and form a preservation partnership with Fort Polk. Oliver “Rick” Richard of Lake Charles won a special preservation award for rehabilitating the old Cash & Carry Grocery warehouse at the corner of Broad Street and Enterprise Boulevard.


Refurbished LC grocery warehouse to start new life

The Cash Grocery and Sales Co. Warehouse at 801 Enterprise Blvd. has been fully restored and is ready to begin a new life as a multipurpose building.

The Calcasieu Historic Preservation Society will hold its annual meeting there at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, and will give a tour of the building, elect officers, present Landmark Awards and celebrate local preservation successes.

Cash & Carry will be one of several structures to receive the society’s Landmark Award.The building was recognized last year with a Special Honor Award from the Louisiana Trust for Historical Preservation.

Oliver G. “Rick” Richard, the current owner, said he wanted to preserve its original condition as a 1930s warehouse, a precursor to modern warehouse retail outlets. He also wanted to adapt it to a productive use to help reinvigorate a once-thriving business district on Enterprise Boulevard that extended from Broad Street to Interstate 10.


2016 Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society (CHPS) for 2016 are as follows:

Position, Committees
Jo Schexneier President
Sue Durio Vice-President
Thom Trahan Secretary
Anne Collette Treasurer
Charla Blake Landmark 
Adley Cormier Advocacy & Publicity, Historic District Review Representative, Palm Sunday Tour Chairman
Rocky Schexnider Membership
Charla Blake Landmarks Awards
Ann Caston Landmarks Awards
Diane MCarthy Landmarks Awards
Virginia Webb Calca Awards
Melinda Cormier Events and Programs
Members at Large:  
Donna Richard  
Diane McCarthy  
William Coltrin  
A.C. Bourdier  
Frank Granger  
Mary Kay Hopkins Technology & Website


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President                                                          Donna Richard


Vice-President                                                  Melinda Antoon Cormier


Secretary                                                           Adley Cormier                                                       


Treasurer                                                        Brian Harrell 


Palm Sunday Tour                                           Toni Yoder


Membership                                                      Nancy Moss


Historic District Review Committee Chair             Lauren Harrell

                                                                        (Mentored by Virginia Webb)  


HDR Committee members                          Sue Durio (ex-officio);                    

         Frank Granger (ex-officio) Virginia Webb (ex-officio); Jude Benoit   


CALCA/Landmark Awards                       A.C. Bourdier; Diane Frank


Technology (Website; Facebook; etc.)           Jo & Rocky Schexnider;                                              

                                                                        Patrick Webb (ex-officio);

                                                                    Mary Kay Hopkins (ex-officio)


Advocacy/Publicity                                      Adley Cormier;     

                                                                    Cody Vicknair; William Coltrin

Historic S.J. Welsh house receives Landmark Award

samuelwelshgetimageVINTON — The historic Samuel J. Welsh house at 1404 Horridge St. has been given a prestigious Landmark Award by the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society.

Receiving the award at the recent annual meeting of the society were the current owners, Billy and Linda White.


Richards House, ‘Lakeview,’ recognized as landmark

One of the most beautiful houses on scenic Shell Beach Drive on the lakefront is the circa 1910 Richards House, which was recently recognized by the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society with a “Landmark Award.”

“The original house was built around 1910 by the an Englishman, Mr. E.E. Richards,” said A.C. Bourdier, awards chairman for the society. The current owners of the residence at 1501 Shell Beach Drive are Dr. Gene and Shively Lampson.


2010 Palm Sunday Tour of Homes

Properties which display the verge and energy of the post-war era until the space age will be featured in the 2010 Palm Sunday Tour of Homes to be held on Sunday, March 28, 2010 from 1PM - 5PM.