The 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.
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Area History and More!
Longtime preservationist and former President of CHPS, Adley Cormier, has graciously permitted us to publish a copy of his Timeline History of Southwest Louisiana.
On October 1, 2013, Adley Cormier, a local historian and City of Lake Charles Historic Preservation Commissioner (HPC) gave a presentation on researching historic homes and building historic districts. This was part of the ongoing "Tidbits of History" program of the Southwest Louisiana Genealogy and Historical Library, a branch of the Calcasieu Public Library System.
The presentation was also videoed for broadcast on C-Gov, the Parish's television channel. Cormier's presentation offered practical advice on how to explore and document building and neighborhood history. He provided this transcript of the presentation.
Quarterly Meeting Announced
The Summer Quarterly Meeting of the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society will take place at 6:30 pm, Thursday June 30th at Lake Charles City Hall.
The program will include the unveiling of a special historic marker at the front of the building along with short presentations about the 1959 visit to the building by then-candidate John F. Kennedy and about mid-century architectural style.
City Hall was originally built as the “Pioneer Building” by oilmen Mordello Vincent and Lee Welch.
The structure served as an office building and site of the Pioneer Club for several decades until purchased in the seventies and adaptively reused by the City.
This event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Lake Charles Houses featured in Louisiana Life Magazine
Three splendid Charpentier District houses were featured in Louisiana Life magazine's May/June Issue.
The Durio Home at Iris and Reid Street, and the Mary Vivian Davis Home at Kirby and Reid, both on the 41st Tour, were featured in the regional magazine in their May/June issue, along with the Eagle Home at Kirby and Bank.
The colorful and exciting feature article included interior and exterior images of the properties.
Congratulations to the proud and hardworking homeowners for sharing their beautiful residences.
Special thanks to the Lake Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau.
42nd Tour Chair Announced
The CHPS Board recently added Karen Miller as the Chair of the 42nd Annual Palm Sunday Tour.
Mrs. Miller has been a longtime member of CHPS and has been active in neighborhood, community and preservation issues for many years.
We welcome her addition to the Board.
41st Annual Palm Sunday Tour Termed A Success
Six historic homes, an historic church building and a bonsai garden were all featured properties at the 41st Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes on May 20, 2016.
Almost 700 paid admissions, along with approximately 80 volunteers, made the 41st Tour one of the most successful, according to tour chair Adley Cormier.
The owners of the selected properties on tour were presented with 2016 House Tour badges to commemorate their participation in the event.
Photos of the 2016 Palm Sunday Tour of Homes
Neighborhood Gems: Fresh Ideas in Vintage Properties.
A brilliant sunny day greeted patrons of the 41st Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes on March 20. Six beautiful homes opened their doors for patrons along with a fascinating Bonsai garden and a historic church building. Great stories to share, as always.
Mark your calendars for the 42nd Palm Sunday Tour on April 9, 2017! It's not spring in Southwest Louisiana without the Palm Sunday Tour of Homes!
Endangered List Presented at Annual Meeting
Preservation Advocacy Report presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting by Adley Cormier
The postings are of historic properties that deserve rehabilitation and reuse, but appear to in a state of abandonment and/or advanced deterioration. We encourage owners to maintain properties to maintain property values and those of the neighborhoods. We encourage frank assessments of alternatives when maintenance and reuse are not possible, including offering the property for sale to others for development and reuse. We encourage good stewardship of historic resources.
The Ramsey-Dees-Alexander House c. 1894
|Left to right: Glenn and Debbie Alexander, Ann Caston|
William T. Ramsey, of the Bradley-Ramsey Lumber Company, built this lovely southern beauty for Nathaniel and Susan Pope in 1894. Mr. Pope was an official with the Longbell Lumber Company, so wood was used extensively in the construction and adornment of the home.
The Giovanni House, c.1905
| Left to right: Gaye Giovanni McDonald, Maureen and C.A. Miller pose with the Landmark Plaque
presented during the annual meeting of the Calcasieu Historial Preservation Society.