This magnificent and predominately wooden structure was designed by New Orleans architect James Freret and is the finest architectural gem in the Grand Coteau crown. Following the approval of the plans by Pope Pius IX, the first cornerstone was blessed and placed on March 19, 1879.
The rear belfry was a significant addition to the church in 1886. Its second empire style with mansard roof is rare and possibly unique among churches in the United States: It houses a 3,104 pound bell still rung today. St. Charles Church has a superb collection of religious art. Stained glass windows, paintings, statues and ornate altars abound.