As we headed toward the public square in Lake Charles, LA, it was this stately live oak that caught our attention. The buildings around the square with all their history could not compete for the starring feature of the square.
The green copper-domed Courthouse has been a feature of downtown Lake Charles for over 100 years. The massive classic palladian lines of the structure were meant to impress.
From the steps of the Courthouse, we could look over the square.
The red-tiled Italianate City Hall is in contrast to the buff and marble Courthouse.
Built using a dramatic red brick, the Romanesque Revival Cathedral, like the other two historic buildings in the square, was designed by Favrot and Livadais. The five-story bell tower houses a one-ton working bell named “Mary.”
From the parking lot, we could see these three features of the Square's landmarks.