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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 LouisianaAdley first presented this document to the Southwest Louisiana Genealogical Society.

On October 1, 2013, Adley gave a presentation on researching historic homes and building historic as 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

2018 Palm Sunday Tour to be held March 25

The Palm Sunday Tour for 2018 will focus on Educating the Eye to explore exterior architecture and historical elements.

28238728 1651556064923512 6488369148918271456 oUsing Central School as a base, the tour will explore the exterior architectural stylings of family homes on Pujo and Kirby streets, the heart of the Charpentier Historic District.

More information will be available shortly from the event chair and committee, but hold the date open (March 25) for a tour like no other!

Tickets will be available ONLY on the day of the tour. Watch for it!

Images of the general neighborhood are provided by Alan Walker. More images follow.


Yet another successful Annual Meeting!

The Paramount Room was the site for the Annual Meeting of Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society CHPS and the topic was FOOD AND PRESERVATION!

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Refreshments were from Downtown Food Vendors and Restaurants.

This image (from MSU Archives) shows the 800 block of Ryan with the Paramount, the Arcade, and the Weber Building.

Thanks to Empire of the Seed, Rick and Donna Richard for hosting CHPS Annual Meeting!

A Great Meeting!

Landmark Recepients named at Annual Meeting.

11thStreet1520 GabrielThis powerpoint presentation provides photos and information about the 2016 Landmark Properties.

These properties were presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting by Landmark Commitee co-chairs Charla Blake and Ann Caston.

To learn more, visit the Landmark section here on which will soon feature the properties shown in the powerpoint presentation.EnterpriseBlvd 1718 MGehee

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