By Chandler Watkins | September 27, 2018 at 11:10 PM CDT – Updated September 28 at 7:45 AM
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – Many wondered what would become of the Berdon-Campbell building in downtown Lake Charles. The historic building on the national registry remained empty for decades.
On Thursday night, the building had it’s grand reopening as Karam’s Lofts.
In the 1930s, the building was a furniture store. However, in the 1940s, the building had some type of affiliation with the then Muller’s Department store. Over time, there were various owners and in 2014 Jerome Karam purchased it. By then, 619 Ryan Street was just a deteriorating building for lease, but Karam saw potential. Four years later, that dream has become a reality.
“It’s certainly taken us longer than what we expected or dreamed,” says Karam. “We had multiple delays with design, we had multiple delays through utilities, we had multiple delays through the labor market. It’s absolutely been a struggle, but after seeing it today, we are thrilled and we feel it’s been worth the wait.”