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1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center, Lake Charles

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After extensive restoration, the 1911 Historic City Hall opened its doors as the City of Lake Charles' public art gallery and cultural facility in 2004. Since that time, Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center has showcased numerous traveling exhibitions from around the world, as well as regional and local artists. The Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center is City-owned-and-operated, under the direction of the Cultural Affairs Department. The beautiful historic building features three floors of gallery space, a clock tower, and, added in 2006, a landscaped brick courtyard. There have been many exhibitions by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Ansel Adams, Norman Rockwell, and Tasha Tudor, as well as many traveling group exhibitions. In 2007, Historic City Hall housed Titanic:The Artifact Exhibition, featuring over 100 carefully preserved artifacts from the historic vessel. The Historic City Hall is also the home to two local art galleries: Black Heritage Gallery and Gallery by the Lake. The Center has had visitors from across the country, many of which are surprised and delighted to find such high-caliber exhibitions in the Lake Area.



For the past several years, Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center has been voted the Best Public Art Gallery by the Times of Lake Charles Reader's Poll. This honor recognizes the ongoing commitment the City of Lake Charles has made to providing the residents and visitors of Lake Charles with quality, educational, family-friendly entertainment and events at accessible prices.



Admission to all exhibitions is free to the public. For more information, please call (337)491-9147 or e-mail artsandculture@cityoflc.us.
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1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center reviews

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  • 3 floors of art and history. Local artist have donated and loaned works due to hurricane Ida damage. Staff was great, bathrooms are clean. We enjoyed also walking the Pujo and Kirby historic home....  more
    3 floors of art and history. Local artist have donated and loaned works due to hurricane Ida damage. Staff was great, bathrooms are clean. We enjoyed also walking the Pujo and Kirby historic home....  more »
  • This historic building offers three floors of galleries, free and open to the public. The ground floor gallery showcases local artists, the second floor galleries focus on rotating regional arts and....  more
    This historic building offers three floors of galleries, free and open to the public. The ground floor gallery showcases local artists, the second floor galleries focus on rotating regional arts and....  more »
  • I always enjoy visiting to view the different exhibits they have displayed. I went to the National Geographic photography exhibit which was very good. Have not yet gone to the World War II exhibit. 
    I always enjoy visiting to view the different exhibits they have displayed. I went to the National Geographic photography exhibit which was very good. Have not yet gone to the World War II exhibit.  more »
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  • We absolutely loved this building as a Gallery. It still feels like a building of importance, and you get to go to all the small nooks and cranies. There was live symphony music for the Promanade event. The exhibits were whimsical and fun.
  • We had read about the refurbishment of the city hall and were intrigued by it's history. We enjoyed the JFK exhibit which was remarkable simply because many of the photos had been taken by what I presume were amateurs since the photographer was unknown. The gallery highlighting women who had served in Lake Charles' homes was a great tribute to hardworking and faithful people. It's so easy in today's society to overlook the people who are support staff in whatever realm you work or reside Lastly our visit was memorable because the woman who greeted us was warm, friendly, and very professional. Wonderful way to spend a winter afternoon at no cost.
  • Great exhibits. Would be a great place to buy those one of a kind Christmas gifts.
  • This historic city hall building has a number of floors filled with various different styles of artwork on display. It's a cool spot. Also, the architecture of the building is very cool as well. It has a rare 4-sided manual clock.
  • Beautiful federal-style building, worth the visit. Fine details including stunning marble stairs outside and hardwood floors on 2nd and 3rd floor. We were there for Calcascieu Orchid Society Show.

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