In keeping with the mission of the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society, a list is comprised annually of the 11 most endangered things, places and structures.
1. The Huber/Oak Park Development Office and the Gates to Oak Park. A mid-century example of a planned community, Oak Park was designed to be a premier place to live in Southwest Louisiana with distinctive live oaks providing shade to a unique street and service alley subdivision plat. The picturesque Huber Development office (2815 Fifth Avenue) and the distinctive oak and acorn cast-iron gateways marking the entrances are literally abandoned. Some of the gateways have been lost by street widening, others, like the grand Second Avenue gate, need prompt maintenance to keep them in good repair.
Warren United Methodist Church. Update. Sadly, this building (photo of bell tower on right) was demolished.
The Duflot Building (Corner of Common Street and Clarence)
This structure historically was a greenhouse and commercial florist and nursery, with living space above.
Recently, a retail business operated from its ground floor and that retail establishment has moved south.
The building and site represents a chapter of retailing history where the small entrepeneur lived above his business to better serve his clientele.
2007 Eleven Most Endangered Structures and Sites in Southwest Louisiana.
Warren United Methodist Church. A symbol of the pride of a people, this urban landmark looms over its Lawrence Street neighborhood. Storm damage has yet to be corrected, and the congregation is at a crisis. Restore and rebuild, or construct anew somewhere else?
The Sam Houston Jones Mansion, at Broad and Louisiana. One of the several area residences for this important post-Long reform governor, the structure still shows the ravages of the storm. We encourage the current owners to stabilize and rehabilitate this important structure.
The following properties were presented at the January 2015 Annual Meeting as those on CHPS Endangered List. The Endangered List includes ten of the most significant properties in the most dire straits. By no means is this a complete listing of every property that can or should be reclaimed and reused in Central Lake Charles.