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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

Photos of the 2016 Palm Sunday Tour of Homes

Neighborhood Gems:  Fresh Ideas in Vintage Properties.

A brilliant sunny day greeted patrons of the 41st Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes on March 20.  Six beautiful homes opened their doors for patrons along with a fascinating Bonsai garden and a historic church building.  Great stories to share, as always.  

Mark your calendars for the 42nd Palm Sunday Tour on April 9, 2017!  It's not spring in Southwest Louisiana without the Palm Sunday Tour of Homes!

902Kirby Happy Docents 


Endangered List Presented at Annual Meeting

Preservation Advocacy Report presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting by Adley Cormier

The postings are of historic properties that deserve rehabilitation and reuse, but appear to in a state of abandonment and/or advanced deterioration. We encourage owners to maintain properties to maintain property values and those of the neighborhoods. We encourage frank assessments of alternatives when maintenance and reuse are not possible, including offering the property for sale to others for development and reuse. We encourage good stewardship of historic resources.


The Ramsey-Dees-Alexander House c. 1894

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  Left to right: Glenn and Debbie Alexander, Ann Caston

William T. Ramsey, of the Bradley-Ramsey Lumber Company, built this lovely southern beauty for Nathaniel and Susan Pope in 1894. Mr. Pope was an official with the Longbell Lumber Company, so wood was used extensively in the construction and adornment of the home.


The Giovanni House, c.1905

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  Left to right: Gaye Giovanni McDonald, Maureen and C.A. Miller pose with the Landmark Plaque
presented during the annual meeting of the Calcasieu Historial Preservation Society.
DESIGN FEARTURES AND STYLE, 1536 Foster Street by Maureen Miller, Owner
The country house, with full length Veranda overlooking  massive live Oak tree has it roots in rural French Colonial architecture.  This style was present in Louisiana throughout the development period of Southern Plantation architecture, and along with Georgian, West Indies, Eclectic and classical Greek Revival were the architectural choices of a growing and prosperous South.


The Collette House c. 1910

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Theresa Schmidt receives the Landmark Plaque for her house from CHPS Board Member Ann Caston  
In 1860, a parcel of land where the Collette house now sits, was purchased from the US Government for $1389.25 (even though it was only appraised for $100). This parcel was later subdivided into lots, one of which was purchased by Joseph and Ida King Collette. The Collettes operated the Dunn Collette Lumber Company in Westlake.