Lake Charles Historical


North of I-210 and ,West of Ryan Street,you will find   historical areas of Charpentier, Garden District and Margaret Place.

The Lake Charles Historic District includes a number of diverse neighborhoods established more than 100 years ago that offer historic homes in an array of architectural styles. As the largest of the three neighborhoods comprising the Lake Charles Historic District, Charpentier is reputed for its 30-block collection of Victorian-style homes. Margaret Place promises intimate bungalows and cottages, while Shell Beach Drive features historic homes on a prominent street along the southeastern side of the lake.



The boundaries for Margaret Place Historical District in Lake Charles LA are Griffith Coulee, Shell Beach Drive, Pithon Coulee, and the North side of South Ryan.  Margaret Place streets are broken down  by Streets on the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society website.  Within the boundaries of Margaret Place in Lake Charles you will find 66 single family homes, 3 historical apartment buildings and one parochial school, Immaculate Conception Cathedral School.

Many of the Margaret Place Homes  are graced with beautiful 100 year old Oak trees, and several have a view of the Pithon/Griffith Coulee.

In the heart of Downtown Lake Charles  you will find the Charpentier Historical District which offers unique Victorian style  homes  some of which are in the Lake Charles historical registry.   There is so much history to be found within the downtown streets of our city.   The downtown Central area of Lake Charles is also referred to as the “Garden District” which is compromised of cottage/bungalow style homes many of which have been upgraded and remodeled with modern amenities.


Along the lakefront on  Shell Beach Drive you will find older estates with a flair of new grandeur and Acadian style construction mixed in.  Many of these Shell Beach antebellum homes such as the Sallier-Barbe home are full of their own stories and colorful history!


Marilyn Boudreaux

Lake Charles Realtor

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