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Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society

2009 Review

Yearly, the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society delivers many educational and enjoyable activities to Southwest Louisiana. 

2009 was no exception as indicated by the following recap:

Quarterly meeting hosted by Donna and Rick Richard at the Calcasieu Marine National Bank Building. The meeting included:

  • A tour of the 1928 building designed by Favrot and Livaudais. This building is on the National Registry.
  • Social
  • Program on "Cultural Products Districts, Historic Preservation and Economic Development" presented by Lauren Harrell, our vice president, and Irene VanDever, the Executive Director of the Southwest Louisiana Arts and Humanites Council

Annual meeting hosted by Dan Shadd of Pujo Street Cafe at the Charleston Hotel included:

  • A tour of the 1929 Beaux Arts Hotel designed by Joseph Finger and Livesay Williams
  • Social
  • Election of officers
  • Slide show of historic properties
  • Presentation of CALCA Commendation Awards
  • Designation of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Sites and Structures

The Thirty-Fourth Annual Palm Sunday Home Tour

Quarterly meeting hosted by Mike Bonin at Custom Millworks and More, LLC, included:

  • Social
  • A tour of the mill work plant including demonstrations of milling wood trim, siding, molding, and construction of wood windows

Members of the Historic District Review Committee:

  • Continued to work with the City of Lake Charles to develop the Historic District Design Guidelines
  • Reviewed plans and advised prospective and current residents of guidlines for building and restoration in a Historic District

A full page article "Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society News" was published in the American Press:

  • Included a letter from our president, Lauren Harrell
  • Explained and listed the 11 Most Endangered for 2009
  • Announced the Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes
  • Explained the annual CALCA Commenation Awards and presented the recipients
Monitored and reported the following:

Restored (preserved)

  • 401 Pine Street*
  • 903 Broad (former Plantation House)
  • 917 Broad (Cash and Carry Grocery, corner of Broad and Enterprise*

Demolised (gone forever)

  • Warren United Methodist Church*

Adaptive Reuse (soon to be preserved)

  • Duflot's*

* Previously listed on the Preservation Society's Endangered List