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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.

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

Thank You!

The 39th Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes was another successful tour! This success is dependent on a variety of factors and volunteers!  This page recognizes our generous homeowners, sponsors, donors, and volunteers, including our committed docents and ticket-takers. If a name has been inadvertenly left off, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Return soon to see photos!



Jeff Bourge  1025 Kirby

Kim and Chad Moreno  633 Cleveland

Rhino Rhenovators  1030 Pujo

Jill and Richard Rhoden  1112 Hodges

Sara Schindler  912 Pujo

Debbie and Stan Shreve  518 Clarence


Beautiful Bones: Creative Preservation in Action

2014 Tour BannerSix different and diverse historic homes are on tour April 13th at the 39th Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes. A spring tradition for almost four decades, the Tour offers visitors and members of the public the rare opportunity to experience the interiors of private residences in some of Lake Charles’s oldest neighborhoods.


Annual Meeting held on Jan 30th, 2014

The annual meeting of the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society (CHPS) was held January 30, 2014 at the historic Calcasieu Marine Bank building.

AC Boudier presents Landmark PlaquePresident Nancy Moss welcomed attendees and reported that earlier that day three markers were unveiled at the locations of Lost Landmarks in Calcasieu Parish

AC Bourdier, chairman of the Landmarks Register announced that two structures were nominated and selected for 2014 Landmarks

Photos and more...

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.


Annual Meeting to feature Lost Landmarks

For release to the extended membership of CHPS:

The Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society invites you to witness and share in the unveiling of three markers at the sites of Lost Landmarks in Calcasieu Parish:

postcard ryanstreet IMG 4525Thursday, January 30th, 2014

5:00 pm, corner of Enterprise Boulevard Extension and St John Street, Lake Charles-- the site of Ball's Auditorium

5:45 pm, corner of Bilbo and Pujo Streets, Downtown Lake Charles--the site of the Majestic Hotel

6:15 pm, westside of the 800 block of Ryan Street--the site of the Arcade, the Miller Building, the Paramount Theatre and the Weber Building and a reception to follow at the historic Calcasieu Marine National Bank building, 844 Ryan Street, Lake Charles.

The Lost Landmarks signing project is made possible by a grant from the Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau.


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.