Lake Charles Historic Districts Get New Guidelines

The City of Lake Charles is looking to preserve its history and has discussed setting new guidelines being submitted for Lake Charles’ three historic districts.   A lot of times there are issues  that arise with a homeowner inquiring about modifying a porch or a window.  It’s important people find out the answers to these kinds of questions no matter how small or knit-picky they think it is.  Having a correct reference alleviates confusion in the historic review process.
Residents of the Charpentier, Downtown and Margaret Place districts  asked the City of Lake Charles to provide them with information of what building materials are approved for these historic districts and who to contact to get clarification on any other questions they may have.
The Louisiana Division of the Historic Preservation hired Austin, Texas-based historic preservation consulting firm Hardy, Heck, Moore, Inc. to help make the guidelines for districts in Lake Charles, Leesville, and Crowley LA.
The consultant is in charge of reviewing recommendations received from members of the Lake Charles public
Lori Marinovich, Lake Charles Downtown Development Director says ” The ultimate goal is to get guidelines adopted as part of our historic preservation ordinances”

The deadline to submit the guidelines to the state is April 30th.  Then the next stop will be to  go before the Lake Charles City Council for adoption and implementation.

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