The Nellie Lutcher District is located in Lake Charles. It is currently recognized as a cultural district at the state level with a wide variety of existing buildings varying in style, age, and use. The district has been described as a microcosm of the City of Lake Charles as a whole, which is fitting given its location as a primary gateway on the I-10 corridor. The district contains Enterprise Boulevard and Broad Street; north of Broad was a key commercial corridor for Black and immigrant communities in Lake Charles. Framing the district as a catalytic project focuses on transforming Enterprise and Broad Streets to be more walkable and connected while incentivizing new development of dining, entertainment, and cultural uses. In the future, additional housing can be built and renovated in adjacent neighborhoods, making the district a strong neighborhood.
The Nellie Lutcher Cultural District was recognized as an official cultural district in 2016 with the intention of generating local community revitalization and economic growth. With its key location along the I-10 corridor, restaurants and venues on Enter-prise Boulevard can become a destination for those traveling along the interstate. A vibrant arts and culture hub will draw people from within the city, region, and beyond.
The Nellie Lutcher District provides another gateway to attract people traveling along I-10 into the region. The new Mardi Gras Museum could also share information about ecotourism and the unique offerings of Cameron Parish as a natural and family-friendly destination.