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Listed 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.
The wainscot and many interior features are original. There is a small rose window at the front of church. The present stained glass was installed gradually over the years as windows were donated.
A parish hall was built in 1926 which imitated the church's Gothic styling but in stucco covered block instead of limestone.
The overall effect is graceful and complementary. The bell tower with its plate tracery, was added in 1953, a gift of one of the original vestrymen who left funds in his will to complete the building as originally designed.
The Sanctuary features a historically correct hammer beam ceiling. This authentic feature of Gothic revival architecture along with its construction of hewn limestone makes the Church of the Good Shepherd a rare and pure example of the style. It appears that Good Shepherd is the only church in the region which features construction of this type. Good Shepherd should be regarded as a landmark among late nineteenth/early-twentieth century churches in Louisiana. It was listed as a Calcasieu Landmark in 1986.