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Spring Quarterly Meeting

Thursday, March 21

Lundy,Lundy,Soileau & South, LLP
501 Broad Street

 44th Annual 
Palm Sunday Tour of Homes

Sunday, April 14, 2019

"Innovations and Traditions within the Parks"

Featuring homes between Lock Park and Drew Park

Purchase Tickets On Line Via PayPal Below

2019 PayPal Tour Tickets

Purchase your Palm Sunday Tour of Homes tickets in advance for $10.00. Simply click the PayPal button below, select the number of tickets desired, and print your receipt for use as your ticket the day of the tour. This on-line option closes at noon on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Tickets will be available the day of the tour at the Drew Park Pavillion for $15.00.

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 will be available beginning March 10th at several retail outlets in the Lake Charles area or on-line via the PayPal in the left column.

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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Spring Quarterly Meeting Announced

501 BroadThe Spring Quarterly Meeting of CHPS will be Thursday, March 21 at the Lundy Law Office, the former Federal Post Office and Court House, at the corner of Broad and Hodges Street in Lake Charles.

Doors will open at 6 PM for tours of the office building which was also the working location of Sowela Technical School after its tour of duty as a federal building.

The topic of the meeting is "Professional Offices in ReVitalized Older Buildings" and will feature a panel discussion at 7 pm of professionals who maintain offices in older structures.

Learn about the challenges and joys of adaptive reuse from folks who "Work in Landmarks!"