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Ticket Information: 2015 Palm Sunday Tour

Tour tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 at Gordon's Drug Store or the Arts and Humanities Council at Central School. They can also be purchased by clicking on the PayPal button that follows.

Those who purchase via Pay Pal can pick up ticket(s) the day of the tour starting at 12:45 at the Ryder home on South Division.

Check back here on Saturday, the 28th to learn if "Day Of" tickets will be available at each house. If so, the price is $15.00

Purchase tickets to the Palm Sunday Brunch

Proceeds from this year's Palm Sunday Brunch benefit the Catholic Cemetery Restoration Project.

Thanks to Nic Hunter and the Harlequin Steak and Seafood for hosting this year's brunch.

The brunch hours are 11:00 -12:30, perfect to enjoy the brunch and still visit the homes. 

Tickets/Reservations are only available through PayPal. 

Seating is limited so click the button below to purchase your ticket(s)!

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.

Shell Beach Drive

Photo of Shell Beach Drive, Image from the collection of Trent Gremillion

Lost Landmarks

Postcard of the porch at the Majestic Hotel, a Lost Landmark

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.

Adley Cormier first presented this document to the Southwest Louisiana Genealogical Society.

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

Palm Sunday celebrates 40 Years of Preservation: Saving Louisiana's Treasures

2015 Palm Sunday Tour of HomesFour diverse and historic homes in a variety of Southwest Louisiana locations will be featured on the 40th Anniversary Palm Sunday Tour of Homes.

A spring tradition for four decades, this year's theme is, appropriately, "40 Years of Preservation: Saving Louisiana's Treasures"

The tour will be held on March 29, 2015.

Hours are 1:00 - 5:00. Tickets to the tour can be purchased at Gordon's Drug Store on Lake Street, the Arts and Humanities Council at Central Schoo, at each home on the tour, or via PayPal by clicking the "Pay Now" link below. 

"Will call" tickets will be available at the Ryder Home, 825 S. Division, at 12:45PM on the day of the tour.

This year's Palm Sunday Brunch will be hosted by Nic Harlequin and Harlequin Steaks & Seafood.

Brunch tickets are $25.00 and are only available via PayPal.

Seating for the brunch is limited so order today by clicking on the "Pay Now" link below.


History of the Palm Sunday Tour

Forty years ago, the Palm Sunday Tour of Homes was envisioned and begun by three individuals—assisted by many others of course—but essentially the “baby” of Ann Rosteet Hurley, Reid Tyler, and Bill Terry.

Patrons enjoying the 2012 Palm Sunday Tour in Margaret Place. Photo by Cissy Guidry.At Bill Terry’s memorial service, stories were recounted of how the three “conspired” to showcase houses in what was then called “the Garden District”.   

Ann and Reid were locally born and bred, Bill was from Houston.  The three saw that this area had an immense inventory of older houses that could be wonderful homes for couples and families.  

They saw the beauty and charm in real craftsmanship, front porches, mature plantings, and sidewalks.  

They also knew the lure of the new subdivisions drawing people away from traditional neighborhoods.  

They concocted a tour in spring, on Palm Sunday when the azaleas would be in bloom, to encourage the public to re-think old houses and prove that they had charm and worth.


2014 Focus Points and Endangered List

Four focus points frame the 2014 agenda of the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society (CHPS) in a presentation made at the recent annual meeting of the Society.

In addition, the Society announced its Eleven Sites to Watch, locations the Society believes are valuable resources that are worthy of preserving, promoting, and redevelopment.

According to Adley Cormier, advocacy chair, CHPS encourages the adaptive reuse of existing structures and cites a long listing of successful projects throughout Calcasieu Parish including Cash Grocery and Sales, the Kelly-Weber Warehouse, Sulphur’s Judicial Center, and Henning House and other projects visited and used daily by residents of the area and visitors.

CHPS LogoSecond, the Society encourages developers to acknowledge our unique geography to reduce sprawl and development expense. They encourage redevelopment of older settled areas, traditionally among the highest elevation buildable land, and encourage new construction infill in established neighborhoods over expensive development of lower elevation and higher cost land.

Third, the Society encourages practices to keep and build real neighborhoods, with real identities, sidewalks, and community amenities.

Fourth, the Society encourages the importance of trees and green spaces, and particularly encourages good urban forestry and conservation practices to reduce runoff contamination, litter, and drainage issues.


Lost Landmarks Section Added to Website

Since the re-connection of CHPS with the Southwest Louisiana Historical Association, one of the major heritage projects of the organization is the marking of sites important to telling the story of Southwest Louisiana. Towards that end, CHPS has instituted the “Lost Landmarks Program”.

Special newspaper edition, 1905This program continues the tradition of identifying sites and structures that helped to shape the economic, social and cultural life of the area.

section has been created within's Historic Areas Menu to recognize these Lost Landmarks here on

The project is to mark the site of now lost landmarks with custom cast metal markers to identify the site and to inform the interested public and tourists of the role played by the now missing landmark.

CHPS arranges for the research, the sign copy, the site coordination, and the promotion of the program.


More about the Catholic Cemetery Restoration Project

The Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society (CHPS) and The Catholic Cemetery Restoration Project are sponsoring a traditional All Souls' Day cemetery cleanup morning at the Catholic Cemetery on the corner of Iris and Common Streets.

Pujo grave. Photo by Virginia WebbAnyone interested in helping maintain this holy and historic place can meet at 9:00AM on November 2, 2013.

A light breakfast will be provided.

Bring gloves, your favorite bug spray, and wear gardening clothes and a hat.

Take the time to check out these "before photos" by Virginia Webb.