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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.


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.


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

Lost Landmark Program to be Discussed

CHPS will make a short presentation on the ongoing "Lost Landmarks Program" at the August 3 meeting of the Lake Charles Downtown Development Authority.

The sites to be marked for 2015 are as follows:

  • the original LaGrange High School on Ryan Street
  • the site of the Louisiana Baptist Orphanage (currently St Louis Catholic High School)
  • the sites of the Railroad Stations
    • Iron Mountain/Missouri Pacific
    • Kansas City Southern
    • Southern Pacific/Lake Charles
    • Northern and Union Station

For more details and to hear all about these historic markers first, attend the meeting at City Hall tower at Bilbo and Pujo Street, at 5:30 pm.

Garden Soiree

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.


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.


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:


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