Lagniappe Living in Lake Charles, Louisiana: Re-visiting The Historic Charleston Hotel in Lake Charles, Louisiana-A Tale of Two Brides

Re-visiting The Historic Charleston Hotel in Lake Charles, Louisiana-A Tale of Two Brides

Re-visiting The Historic Charleston Hotel in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Downtown Lake Charles, Louisiana is experiencing a re-birth of revitalization and renovation!

There are many beautiful historic buildings in and around the downtown Ryan Street vicinity that could tell a story.  One of these grand buildings which has been renovated and is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, is The Charleston Hotel which opened back in 1929.  The Charleston Hotel was the first "skyscraper" in Lake Charles with 10 floors!  Throughout the decades there have been many social events held at The Charleston Hotel located on the corner of Pujo Street and Ryan in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Charleston Hotel

The beautiful exterior architecture of the building has been maintained and the interior features artisan blue tiles, high beamed ceilings, ironwork and archways.  The second story has an event/meeting room space and the foyer around the balcony provides extra room for socializing near the bar. 

There is also an outside balcony on the back of the building where guests can relax in a comfortable hip style as well.

Charleston Patio

I have my own special memories of The Charleston because 14 years ago, this is where my own wedding reception was held!

Then and Now

Over the weekend, my husband and I stepped back into time when we attended another special  wedding/reception held at The Charleston! 

Elizabeth Garber Lanier

This was a beautiful wedding to celebrate especially since the bride, Elizabeth, is my very dear friend's daughter! I watched this little blonde bride grow up along with my own daughter, Melinda.  I still remember them both as two little ballerinas--WOW those little girls are all grown up now!

Melinda and Elizabeth

Time continues to pass, little girls grow up and old buildings improve with renovation. This  beautiful historical building is once again a hot spot for memorable events.

If you are relocating to Lake Charles, and you love historic buildings and a walkable downtown Boardwalk, Downtown Lake Charles is revitalizing and full of activity.  Many residents are moving to our Garden District, Charpentier and Margaret Place communities.  Connect with me MARILYN BOUDREAUX 337 499 9592 to give you scoop on downtown real estate and the hot spots in Lake Charles!



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Comment balloon 5 commentsMarilyn Boudreaux • June 07 2010 08:11PM


What a beautiful post!  It's so nice to be able to reconnect to places in different ways throughout the years. 

Posted by Lori Liveston (Virtual Homes, Real Estate) about 10 years ago

I love historic hotels.  Thank you for the personal pictures too!  What a great place for a wedding.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Ph.D., Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) about 10 years ago

Thank you for your story.  I have always loved these old Hotels and to see it still used for events really warms my heart.  Loved all your pictures, they were beautiful!

Posted by Susan Louviere Hubbard over 9 years ago

Very interesting. I would be interested in learning about the ownership of the building. How many there and have been and when it has been sold. To me that is the fun part of the history.

Posted by Lane carter over 3 years ago

I love that old building. Downtown Lake Charles really used to be something. I wish it would come back.

Posted by Richard Forest over 2 years ago