Calcasieu Courthouse: Ancient Monument at the Heart of the City
While touring the historic gems of the Lake Charles City, I was left without doubts that the Calcasieu Courthouse is one of the most priced historic monuments in the city. Constructed in the early 20th century, the Courthouse is an architectural masterpiece, having been constructed as a replica of Andrea Palladio’s Villa Copra, an Italian architect respected for his unique 17th and 18th century designs. The courthouse was constructed as a replacement to a previous courthouse that had been gutted down by a disastrous fire. The Calcasieu Courthouse is officially listed in the Federal Register of Historic Buildings, with the main highlight of the historic building being the giant copper-lined dome that rests on the roof of the ancient building. The historic Courthouse has since undergone numerous renovations and size expansions.
The Courthouse hosts many government offices and departments such as the office of the parish administrator and records department among others.