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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

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!

paramountdowntowncourtesymcneesePanelists were restaurant entrepreneurs and property owners in Downtown Lake Charles.

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.


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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Purchase Tickets at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church TODAY

On-line ticket sales are closed. 

If you purchased tickets on-line, be sure to bring your Paypal receipt in order to exchange it for your ticket(s) at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Kirkman Street near Division Street

Good Shepherd 715 Kirkman StListed individually on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 The Church and Parish Hall serve as Headquarters for the 42nd Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes, providing parking, will call window, information and guest accommodations. In addition, the Sanctuary of this historic church will be open for touring.

The Church of the Good Shepherd circa 1896 is a limestone, Gothic Revival, basilica plan church designed to serve the Episcopal congregation in Lake Charles. The church is constructed of coursed, rock-faced limestone and features double lancet windows and two tier exterior buttresses.

Each gable end of the church is treated with a gable parapet. North of the chancel is a sacristy set in a protruding semi-octagonal bay. The nave features a stained pine, hammer beam ceiling with hanging pendants and a double framed roof.


2017 Palm Sunday Theme, Date Announced

Past+Future: The 42nd Palm Sunday Tour of Homes will take place April 9, 2017 and the theme is Past+Future.

The Tour will focus on properties in the northern part of the Charpentier Historic District, north of Broad, south of the Interstate, from roughly Bilbo to Louisiana.