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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.

Area History

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.

2019 Palm Sunday Tour Announced!

Forty Fourth Annual Tour of Homes to be held on April 14

The Forty Fourth Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes will be on April 14, 2019, Palm Sunday afternoon from one p.m to five p.m. according to Karen Miller, steering committee chair.

303 Shell Beach Drive

The theme will be: Innovations and Traditions Between the Parks.

Five private residences and one garden space will be on Tour.

Properties are located in the prestigious neighborhoods between Lock Park and Drew Park in vintage shoreline Lake Charles.

Drew Park and Lock Park are jewel box public parks and they bracket some of Lake Charles’s most desirable neighborhoods including Margaret Place, Shell Beach Drive, and Alvin and Watkins Streets.

Staff and docent tour guides will provide historical content and color information at each of the properties on the day of the Tour.

Park AvenueInnovations and Traditions will focus on stylish interiors including upgraded Craftsman inspired features on two fabulous family homes, a complete re-working of a vintage fire house now used as a guest house, an authentic bungalow cottage updated for contemporary living, and the glamorous retirement property designed for retired Louisiana reform governor Sam H. Jones and wife Louise.

A charming courtyard garden on the Lake is also a part of the Tour menu.

The Palm Sunday Tour of Homes is a Southwest Louisiana tradition and one of the spring’s showcase cultural and social events.

129 Dr Michael DeBakey Dr

Tickets for the Tour are available at Gordon Drug Store and The PaperrSmith or on-line via PayPal until 2:00pm Saturday, April 13th. 

Pre-event tickets are $10, and tickets on the day of the Tour are $15.

A full color program with local historical information, tour map, and a suggested tea-room will be available on the day of the Tour at the Tour Headquarters, Drew Park Pavilion on Dr. Michael Debakey Drive beginning at 12:30 PM. 



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