We continued our walk around the historic downtown of Lake Charles, LA.
As was traditional with monumental civic buildings, wide stairs lead to the entrance of the Neo-Classical Calcasieu Parish Courthouse.
The interior has a marble imperial staircase leading to the main courtroom.
The Charleston Hotel no longer functions as a hotel.
The interior consists of a two-story lobby with elaborate tile work and balconies on the upper level.
Walking into the lobby of the hotel whose opening was described as “the most important social event of the year,” I felt a wave of sadness come over me.
I could imagine the beauty of the lobby which featured artisan blue tiles, high beamed ceilings, ironwork and archways,
The Calcasieu Marine National Bank is a three-story limestone-faced building.
The frieze is enriched with medallions depicting the various settlers of the parish, including Indian and Spanish settlers.
The main entrance of the Calcasieu Marine National Bank is also bronze. The double doors are ornamented with lion head pulls.