We begin this third day of our tour of Lake Charles (LA) with a stop at the Sallier Oak, the 375-year-old Live Oak on the winter home site of Charles Sallier, the early settler for whom the town is named.
The sign at the base of the tree is about 20 inches and gives some indication of the tree’s diameter.
Three fluted columns are uniquely set on the porches of this unusual Greek Revival house, with smaller columns supporting the second floor gallery.
I was struck by the porches on some of the homes below. The front porches of a neighborhood used to be the social center of the block and represented the original "neighborhood watch" location. With the move from the front porch to the back yard a great deal of the community feel of a neighborhood was diminished. Seeing these large porches brought back some strong memories of days gone by.
This grand raised house was built for Catherine Goos and Willie Flanders and is an outstanding example of intricate workmanship. A masterful mix of Flemish, Gothis, and American Shingle style. The wide curved porches have double columns supporting the pent roof.
This frame chapel-style building is the oldest standing church in Lake Charles. The open belfry was closed in when the bell was relocated to the new church.
A Victorian raised cottage with turned columns supporting a front gallery; this is a good example of the millwork, shingles, and lumber produced in the area.
Built of pine and cypress, this impressive two-and-a-half story sawmill Victorian has exceptional dentil work at the roof eaves and dormers. The original elaborate porches were destroyed in the 1918 hurricane; however, they have been replaced by simpler wraparound porches.
The witch’s hat turret is the eye-catching feature of this raised Victorian cottage with half timbering and shingling.
A strangely geometrical roofline with large eaves gives this Victorian cottage a tailored masculine feel.
When finances improved, Walter Goos built this impressive three-story Colonial Revival gem with a grand portico supported by massive Lake Charles columns.
This raised Victorian cottage follows the traditional shape of the seafarers cottage common on Galveston Island, but not in Lake Charles.
This is a good example of the so-called “airplane bungalow” which appears in various forms throughout the District. In airplane bungalows, the projecting dormer is the “cockpit” above the wide “wing,” the porch roof.
This English Gothic gray sandstone church features elegant stained glass windows and an exceptional hammer-beam ceiling in the sanctuary.
We move on to four homes located on Broad Street.
A sawmill version of a Greek Revival temple, this massive house was built with eleven massive Lake Charles-style columns supporting the “L”-shaped gallery. The balcony is supported by rods from the roof.
An exceptional Colonial Revival with four massive Corinthian columns on the front and a semi-circular double gallery supported by Ionic columns on the west.
An impressive Greek Revival house with four fluted modified Doric columns and triangular pediment that makes for a grand entrance.
This is a picturesque Hollywood Moorish-style stucco villa with elegant arches and a Spanish tile roof.
As I mentioned in an earlier entry, the Guide to Historic Calcasieu Parish provided an excellent guide to the location and description of the homes and churches noted above.