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Charleston Hotel - Lake Charles, LA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member JimmyEv
N 30° 13.663 W 093° 13.953
15R E 477622 N 3344041
Quick Description: A 1929, 10-story Beaux Arts hotel designed by Joseph Finger and Livesay Williams, this building, Lake Charles’s first skyscraper, was an important center of social activity for decades.
Location: Louisiana, United States
Date Posted: 1/13/2007 6:55:37 PM
Waymark Code: WM14NQ
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 29

Long Description:
Lake Charles’s first skyscraper at ten-stories, this 1929 hotel was designed by prolific Houston architect Joseph Finger and Livesay Williams. Finger is most noted for his art-deco buildings, but this building is traditional Beaux Arts. The lower two stories are faced with cement molded to resemble rusticated stone. The upper eight stories are faced with brick. Classical Beaux Arts molding, including shields bearing the hotel’s monogram ‘CH,’ ornaments the exterior. The interior consists of a two-story lobby with elaborate tile work and balconies on the upper level. A ballroom, with Corinthian pilasters, is located on the second floor.

As the first skyscraper in town, this building created quite a stir when opened. The city’s only paper, The Lake Charles American Press, put out a special edition commemorating the opening of the Charleston. The formal opening was the most important social event of the year. The hotel served as the social nexus for Lake Charles during the next several decades, with weekly dances held on the open roof garden, and social events, both large and small, taking place within the walls of the hotel.

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Street address:
Ryan and Pujo Streets
Lake Charles, LA USA


County / Borough / Parish: Calcasieu Parish

Year listed: 1982

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Event

Periods of significance: 1925-1949

Historic function: Hotel

Current function: Vacant

Privately owned?: yes

Season start / Season finish: From: 1/1/2007 To: 12/31/2007

Hours of operation: From: 9:00 AM To: 5:00 PM

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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