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					PRESERVATION RESOURCE CENTER OF NEW ORLEANS                NOVEMBER 2009




          A
   PRESERV TION
                                                 IN PRINT
     VOLUME 36 NUMBER 8

Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office



                Visit Louisiana Main Streets




                                               New Orleans on Film




                                                   Quarter Rats

                                               PRC in Action
                                               • Operation Comeback sells
                                                  city’s first Katrina Cottage.
                                               • Rebuilding Together wins
                                                  National Trust award.
                                               • Salvage Store sales top
                                                  $200,000.

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PRESERVATION
         IN PRINT
VOL. 36, NO. 8                                                                                                      NOVEMBER 2009

                 Published by the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans
                       and the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office                                                                                                                                      Complimentary Valet Service



Editor Mary Fitzpatrick
Deputy Editor & Chief Archivist Katie Walenter
State Historic Preservation Officer Scott Hutcheson
Advertising Manager Jackie Derks
Typography & Design Fonda Brennan
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                                       BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Holly Sharp Snodgrass
Vice President Hal Williamson
Secretary Anne F. Redd

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At-Large Janie Blackmon, David Darragh

                                                                                                                                                         NO WRINKLES.
           Leah Nunn Engelhardt, Wayne Troyer
Directors Lynn Alline                Odom B. Heebe
           Charles Booker            Clyde Jacob
           Hal Brown                 Paul James
           Robert W. Brown           Al Johnson
           Bridget Carter            Gaynell Lawrence
           Mark M. Cassidy, M.D.     Frederic Theodore “Ted” Le Clercq
           Steve Dumez               Rhesa O. McDonald
           Rashida Ferdinand         Michelle Ogden
           Donna Fricker             Suzanne Perlis
           Julie Habetz              Lloyd N. “Sonny” Shields
           Stephanie Haynes          Hilda Young

Preservation in Print is published to promote the appreciation of Louisiana’s his-
toric architecture and neighborhoods. The views expressed in signed articles are
not necessarily those of the Preservation Resource Center. Membership in Pres-
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Contents
FROM THE DIRECTOR                                24                                                          FROM THE EDITOR
6
A Sense of Place: A Boon to the Economy
                                                 French Quarter Icons Star in Runaway Jury
                                                 by John Magill                                              This issue of Preservation in Print features
by Patty Gay
                                                 25
                                                 New Orleans on Film: Runaway Jury
                                                                                                             thoughts about living in the French Quar-
                                                                                                             ter by writer James Nolan, a sad goodbye
                                                                                                             to the district from Walter Gallas, who has
FROM THE STATE        by Alex Lemann                                                                         been transferred by the National Trust to
HISTORIC PRESERVATION                                                                                        its Philadelphia office, a preview of the new
OFFICE                NEWS & VIEWS                                                                           French Market, where locals can once again

8                                                12
                                                 Reviving the American Sector
                                                                                                             buy seasonal produce and seafood, a guide
                                                                                                             to creating a luxuriant Quarter-style balcony
Louisiana Main to Main: A Cultural Roadshow                                                                  garden, and the history of many sites in the
by Ray Scriber                                   by Katie Walenter                                           Vieux Carré used in the film Runaway Jury.

10                                               13
                                                 The Evolution of an American Sector Intersection
                                                                                                             If you aren’t convinced by this issue that
                                                                                                             the Quarter is a great place to live, then we
Doing Research on Historic Preservation                                                                      suggest you take advantage of the recently
in New Orleans Libraries and Archives            by Mary Fitzpatrick
                                                                                                             inaugurated “At Home in the Vieux Carré”
by Stephen Fowlkes
                                                 23
                                                 Shop Locally at the Reopened French Market
                                                                                                             series on the third Friday evening of every
                                                                                                             month in a different private residence.
PRC IN ACTION                                    by Katie Walenter

7
A Preview of the 34th Annual Holiday Home Tour
                                                 26                                                          The Vieux Carré Property Owners, Residents
                                                                                                             and Associates (VCPORA)-sponsored “At
                                                 On Leaving New Orleans                                      Home in the Vieux Carré” series began Oct.
27                                               by Walter Gallas                                            16 inside 825 Royal St., a gorgeous brick Cre-
Rebuilding Together Receives
National Trust Honor Award
                                                 37
                                                 Garden District Gallery Opens
                                                                                                             ole townhouse with a magnificent courtyard.
                                                                                                             The series continues Nov. 20 at 910 St. Philip
                                                                                                             St., Dec. 18 at 639 Esplanade Ave. and Jan. 15
                                                 by Mary Fitzpatrick
Proceeds from Zeitoun by Dave Eggers                                                                         at 600 Esplanade Ave.
benefit Rebuilding Together
                                                 38
                                                 St. Anna’s Residence: Gracious Living                       “The goal of the series is to showcase the
Featured Item at PRC Salvage Store
                                                 in the Lower Garden District                                livability of the city’s first neighborhood, to
28
Operation Comeback Homes For Sale
                                                 by Jennifer Brammell                                        foster appreciation for the Quarter as a resi-
                                                                                                             dential area and perhaps even to recruit new
by Lisa Ross
                                                 COLUMNS                                                     residents,” says VCPORA Executive Director

29
Operation Comeback Builds and Sells
                                                 21
                                                                                                             Meg Lousteau.

                                                 Then & Now: The Corner of Chartres and St. Louis             “At Home” will be held on the third Friday of
First Katrina Cottage in New Orleans                                                                         every month, except February, from 5:30 p.m.
                                                 by Katie Walenter
30
The Master Plan
                                                 34                                                          to 7 p.m. so that attendees can make a night
                                                                                                             of it by having dinner afterwards at one of
                                                 Legends: Mr. Bellevue’s Lighthouse                          the Quarter’s many fine restaurants.
by Theresa Conrad
                                                 by Constance Adler
31
PRC’s “Jazzed in January”
                                                 39                                                          Michael Wilkinson and French Quarter
                                                                                                             Realty are underwriting the series. Admission
                                                 My Problem and How I Solved It: Cleaning Patio Bricks
New York Fundraiser, Jan. 14                                                                                 is $5 for VCPORA members, $10 for non-

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Membership
                                                 Out There
                                                 by Lisa Lynde
                                                                                                             members. Light refreshments are included.
                                                                                                             For more information, email info@vcpora.org
                                                                                                             or call 504.581.7200.
                                                 Land Marketing: Brown-Villere House
33
Major Donors
                                                 By Mary Fitzpatrick

                                                 Shop on Tchoup at the PRC

FEATURES                                         40
                                                 Kiosk
14                                               by Katie Walenter
                                                                                                             Mary Fitzpatrick
Ocean Springs, Mississippi: Where Art Is
the Heart and Soul                               41
                                                 Marigny Life: Walking Meditation
                                                                                                             Mary Fitzpatrick
                                                                                                             Editor
by Celeste Berteau
                                                 by Katie Walenter
18
Quarter Rats                                     On the front cover: Don’t miss visiting Louisiana Main Street Communities during the annual month of November
by James Nolan                                   Main-to-Main events. See page 8 for more information. Photographs courtesy of the State Historic Preservation Office,
                                                 Library of Congress, and Averil Oberhelman.
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                                                                                           that decline can be reversed, and we
                                                                                           should look closely at the pattern of       Preservation Objectives for
    From the                                                                               success in the Vieux Carré.                  Economic Development
                                                                                              To pursue this economic strategy,

    DIRECTOR                                                                               the best place to start is protection of
                                                                                           the built environment, recapturing
                                                                                           whatever once-impressive identity
                                                                                                                                       1. FUND HDLC in order to hire
                                                                                                                                       staff to accommodate qualified
                                                                                                                                       neighborhoods that want to become
                                                                                           might remain, and building on it. New       historic districts. Local district desig-
Patricia H. Gay, executive director                                                        construction can take its clue from that    nation is an impetus for revitalization
Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans                                                former identity. With a public commit-      and encourages business and residen-
                                                                                           ment to this approach, the people will      tial development. It is the least-costly
                                                                                           come — residents, customers, clients,       strategy component for stimulating
                                                                                           visitors, investors. It has been proven     economic development.
A Sense Of Place:                                                                          over and over again throughout the
                                                                                           country, not just in the Vieux Carré.
                                                                                           Many historically qualified neighbor-
                                                                                                                                       2. ADVOCATE PRESERVA-
                                                                                                                                       TION IN BATON ROUGE AND

A Boon To The Economy                                                                      hoods in New Orleans would like to
                                                                                           become designated historic districts, yet
                                                                                                                                       WASHINGTON by supporting
                                                                                                                                       efforts to increase and improve tax
                                                                                                                                       incentives, establish grants programs
                                                                                           the minimal funding for staffing more
In economics it is the differentiated prod-    to the advent of increased develop-         districts has been denied. We ignore the    and maintain protective legislation.
                                               ment pressures. Instead of limiting         economic lesson of protecting the built     New Orleans typically benefits more
uct that commands a monetary premium.
                                               such success, why not learn from what       environment in the Vieux Carré. Fund-       than most other cities nationally from
If in the long run we want to attract                                                                                                  such legislation. This objective has no
capital, to attract investment to our com-     has worked in one area, maintain            ing the Historic District Landmarks
                                               the commitment to sense of place            Commission (HDLC) at whatever level         cost, yet would increase investment
munities, we must differentiate them from                                                                                              in the city.
                                               in that area, and then proceed to           necessary to accommodate new historic
anywhere else. It is our built environment     replicate this strategy in other parts of   districts would be a cost-effective eco-    3. INCLUDE PRESERVATION
that expresses, perhaps better than any-       town? Confining the “sense of place”        nomic development initiative.               IMPACT AS CRITERIA IN DE-
thing else, our diversity, our identity, our   economic strategy to one neighbor-                                                      VELOPING AND EVALUATING
individuality, our differentiation.                                                        A MAJOR ECONOMIC SUCCESS
                                               hood wastes opportunity to utilize the                                                  PROJECTS. Generate community
                                                                                           utilizing preservation programs has
                         Donovan Rypkema,      pattern of success elsewhere.                                                           awareness so that projects involving
                 Principal of PlaceEconomics                                               come to mind recently (thanks to in-
                                               THE VIEUX CARRÉ is an obvious               ternational media focus on Pittsburgh,      building restoration would be encour-
DONOVAN RYPKEMA, the                           example where economic impact is            Pennsylvania, because it was the site       aged and assisted. This objective has
dynamic economist who has lectured             not widely understood, i.e. there is        of the G-20 international economic          no cost and ensures that projects do
around the world on the economic               failure to recognize the need to protect    summit in September.*) Pittsburgh has       not produce economic losses to the
impact of historic preservation, has           sense of place (even though we have         lost more than half of its population,      community.
named his company PlaceEconomics               used the phrase many times “Do not          from around 750,000 in the 1950s to         4. EDUCATE CITY HALL that
for good reason. There is a specific           kill the goose that laid the golden         around 320,000 today. This population       the historic built environment is
connection between preservation,               egg”), and also failure to learn from       loss and other factors led to a nega-       important to the economy and quality
sense of place and the economy.                the experience and apply it elsewhere       tive picture of a beautiful city with       of life in New Orleans. This would
Preservation of the built environment,         in the city. I was once told by a local     more than 400 bridges and much else         involve presentations to leaders and
which at the same time perpetuates             business leader, “Well we have saved        to boast. The image of Pittsburgh is        employees of every department about
cultural heritage, provides stability and      the Vieux Carré, isn’t that enough?”        definitely on the rebound with young        how preservation programs work and
continuity and a point of reference            Economic success there could be             people moving in and a new pride            about the value of our historic built
for change — from one generation to            repeated elsewhere — more jobs, more        evolving — great things will come           environment. This objective has no
the next and one century to the next           tax revenues! By simply establishing        from this spirit. The change in image is    cost and would provide net gain to
— always resulting in a strong sense           official protection of the Vieux Carré      due to a large degree to the impressive     the community.
of place. Inevitably the sense of place        in 1936, an economic engine was             preservation projects and programs of
that evolves is unique as opposed to                                                                                                   5. INCLUDE PRESERVATION
                                               started that thrives today, important       the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks
new development, which tends to be                                                                                                     IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
                                               to the entire state of Louisiana as well    Foundation because it is through
homogenous in all parts of the world.                                                                                                  STRATEGY in order to build on
                                               as the city. But this economic success      such efforts that people have become
Whether understood consciously or                                                                                                      increased jobs and tax revenues that
                                               is not truly understood — and is to a       inspired and more committed to their
subconsciously by prospective business                                                                                                 preservation programs generate.
                                               great degree only maintained thanks         community. This makes a place more
investors, this identity is a factor in the                                                                                            Establish a strategic policy of creating
                                               to those who struggle daily to protect      attractive to residents and business
decision-making process of where to                                                                                                    and supporting programs that would
                                               its sense of place. On the other hand,      investment. The groundwork has been
locate a business.                                                                                                                     utilize the historic built environment
                                               surely we should no longer ignore such      laid and more good things are sure to
   A place with character is sig-                                                                                                      for economic development purposes.
                                               success, and include this “strategy” in     come. Another American city is on
nificant first because it reflects the                                                                                                 This would also include a focus on the
                                               economic development planning.              the rebound, thanks to Arthur Ziegler
commitment of residents to that                                                                                                        historic built environment in market-
                                                  It is usually forgotten that in 1936     and the organization he has directed
place and their obvious success in                                                                                                     ing to attract business investment
                                               the Vieux Carré was “in decline,”           since its founding in 1964.
retaining existing economic activity.                                                                                                  and to increase the population base,
                                               although appreciated as an invalu-             As Donovan Rypkema says, “It
An impressive image is generated by                                                                                                    thereby providing more customers
                                               able cultural resource by some. The         is the differentiated product that
pedestrian activity and well-cared                                                                                                     and clients for business investment.
                                               simple act of establishing the Vieux        commands a monetary premium.”
for buildings — visual evidence that                                                                                                   Example: The Main Street program
                                               Carré Commission, to prevent de-            Through historic preservation objec-
people care about their neighborhood,                                                                                                  (now in six New Orleans commercial
                                               struction of this invaluable cultural       tives — which capitalize on what is
their town, their public and commer-                                                                                                   areas) markets livability and offers
                                               resource, actually led to revitaliza-       unique and inevitably result in those
cial buildings. It is obvious to the eye,                                                                                              incentives for restoration of properties
                                               tion and economic success at little         invaluable amenities so appealing to
without delving into public records,                                                                                                   and for adaptive reuse of public and
                                               cost, which is (and has been over the       business investment, residents and
that sufficient tax revenues are avail-                                                                                                other buildings. (See page 8 for the
                                               years) a minute fraction of the multi-      visitors — we can make that happen.
able for schools and city services and                                                                                                 clear economic impact of the Louisi-
                                               millions that are applied to economic          *In addressing economic decline
maintenance of the built environ-                                                                                                      ana Division of Historic Preservation
                                               measures today, often without suc-          because of the recent global depres-
ment. When all of this is so apparent,                                                                                                 Main Street Program.) This objective
                                               cess. It should also be recognized that     sion, some countries have included
economic activity increases incremen-                                                                                                  has little cost compared to its return
                                               the legislation mandated protection         historic preservation objectives in
tally. Preserving and pursuing a sense                                                                                                 and would involve advocating grants
                                               of the tout ensemble, not just the          their economic stimulus measures, as
of place is good for the economy.                                                                                                      and tax incentives. Again, such pro-
                                               important buildings. There was an           did the U.S. in the 1984 recession but
   In fact, it is so good for the econ-                                                                                                grams have more economic impact,
                                               awareness of sense of place in the          not in 2010. Mr. Rypkema’s research
omy that a city becomes challenged                                                                                                     dollar for dollar, than other economic
                                               public record in 1936. Obviously            has covered these stimulus measures,
to maintain an area’s character due                                                                                                    development endeavors.
                                               from this example, we should learn          such as in France and Norway.

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                                                                 34th Annual

                                               HOLIDAY
                                                HOME
                                                TOUR
                                             Tour seven magnificent private homes in the Garden
                                             District. Learn about their history and architecture




                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo by Sara Essex
                                             while enjoying live performances by New Orleans
                                             musicians at each home on the tour. Also, visit the
HOMES ON TOUR:                               tour headquarters to dine at the café and shop at the
Donna and Walker Baus                        holiday boutique.                                                                                   This classic double-gallery sidehall is home to the family of
                                                                                                                                                 renowned restaurateur Dickie Brennan and his wife Leslie.
2324 Prytania St.
Leslie and Dickie Brennan                    Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12-13, 2009
1314 Third St.
Kay and John Colbert
2425 Chestnut St.
                                                                                                                       Boutique: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Debbie and Neel Fallis
                                                                                                                       Home Tour: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1118 Fourth St.
                                                                                                                       Café: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Friends of the PRC
1331 Philip St.
                                                                                                    ssex           E   Where: Self-guided, walkable tour in the Garden
                                                                                                                       District. Headquarters will be at Trinity Episcopal
                                                                                                           by Sara


Shirley and Frank Sinclair
                                                                                                                       Church, in Bishop Polk Hall, 1329 Jackson Ave.
                                                                                                     Photo



1415 Third St.
Linda and Tommy Westfeldt                                                                                              How: Purchase tickets in advance by calling
                                                                                                    as
2340 Prytania St.
                                                                              t 2340
                                                                                           ia St. w
                                                                                     Prytan Garden                     504.581.7032 or visiting www.prcno.org. On the day
                                                                        home a home in the
BONUS HOUSE:                                                  stfeldt’
                                                                      s
                                                         my We tedly the old
                                                                              est                                      of the tour, tickets may be purchased at Trinity
                                                  nd Tom      pu
                                         Linda a 838 and is re                                                         Episcopal Church.
House of Broel                            built in
                                                   1
2220 Saint Charles Ave.                   District.
This Victorian mansion, wedding                                  Ticket prices*:
chapel and dollhouse museum is                                   • Purchased in advance – $30 for PRC members / $35 for non-members /
offering free admission to Holiday                                  $25 for groups of 10 or more.
Home Tour ticketholders during
the weekend of the tour.                                         • Purchased on the day of the tour – all tickets are $40.
                                                                 *Tickets are valid for either day or both days during the weekend of the tour.




    Holiday Home Tour Patron Party
                  Friday, Dec. 11, 2009
                                                                                                                                                     Photo by Sara Essex




                      At the home of
                Shirley and Frank Sinclair                                                    The Sinclairs are celebrating the 150th birthday
                      1415 Third St.                                                          of this Italianate villa, which is one of the
                                                                                              grandest mansions in the Garden District.                                    SPECIAL FEATURES:
                             Kick off the PRC’s Holiday Home Tour weekend by joining us for a lavish                                                                       • Informational tours of the
                             cocktail reception on the grounds of one of the grandest mansions in the                                                                      interiors of historic Garden
                             Garden District – an Italianate villa celebrating its 150th birthday.                                                                         District homes
                             Patron Packages:                                                                                                                              • Live performances by New
                                                                                                                                                                           Orleans musicians at each
                             • Jingle Bells ($125) – 1 ticket to Patron Party / 1 ticket to Holiday Home Tour
                                                                                                                                                                           home on the tour
                             • Sleigh Bells ($350) – 2 tickets to Patron Party / 4 tickets to Holiday Home Tour
                             • Silver Bells ($500) – 4 tickets to Patron Party / 8 tickets to Holiday Home Tour                                                            • A holiday boutique with a
                             Reception includes open bar, live music and cuisine by Ralph Brennan’s BACCO.                                                                 wide variety of vendors selling
                                                                                                                                                                           unique artisan wares
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    From the

    LOUISIANA
    State Historic Preservation Office
Office of Cultural Development,
Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism


Louisiana Main to Main:
  A Cultural Roadshow
By Ray Scriber, Louisiana Main Street
Photos by Main Street staff
                                                                                                 Art ‘Round the Square, Clinton

THROUGHOUT NOVEMBER,                        toches, New Iberia, New Roads,
Louisiana’s Main Street communities         Opelousas, Plaquemine, Ponchatoula,
showcase their historic commercial          Ruston, St. Francisville, St. Martin-
districts by hosting a series of cultural   ville, Slidell, Springhill, Thibodaux,
events covering the wide range of           Winnsboro, and in New Orleans:
Louisiana’s rich and diverse culture.       Broad Street, North Rampart Street,
Interconnected by culture, commerce         Oak Street, O.C. Haley Boulevard,
and an abundance of creative and            Old Algiers and St. Claude Avenue.
natural assets, Louisiana’s Main Street        Louisiana Main to Main is spon-
communities are homes to a multitude        sored by grants from the Louisiana
of cultural and heritage resources in-      Main Street program; Louisiana
cluding archeological sites, State and      Department of Culture, Recreation
National Parks, museums and historic        and Tourism; Office of the Lieutenant
landmarks. During November, resi-           Governor; and Preserve America, a
dents and visitors are encouraged to        program of the National Park Service.
take road trips from one Main Street
community to the next to fully expe-         For a full calendar of events and
                                                                                         Spirit of St. Francisville, St. Francisville
rience the state’s diversity. Culture,           more details, please visit
recreation and tourism events include         www.louisianamaintomain.org
food and music festivals, antiques
fairs, art and crafts shows, perfor-
mances and exhibits, holiday parades,
agricultural and waterway activities,
and museum and house tours.

LOUISIANA MAIN STREET is
a program of the Office of Cultural
Development residing within the
Louisiana Department of Culture,
Recreation and Tourism and the
Office of the Lieutenant Governor.
In association with the National
Trust for Historic Preservation, the
Louisiana Main Street coordinating
program promotes the revitaliza-                                                           Giant Omelet Celebration, Abbeville
tion of historic commercial districts
throughout the state. The Main                     Veterans’ Concert – US Navy Band,
Street Four-Point Approach® is a                                          Winnsboro
community-driven, comprehensive
strategy used to revitalize downtown
and neighborhood business districts.
It is a common-sense way to address
the variety of issues and problems
that challenge traditional business
districts.
   Currently, Louisiana has 35 desig-
nated Main Street communities: Ab-
beville, Bastrop, Bogalusa, Clinton,
Columbia, Crowley, Denham Springs,
DeRidder, Donaldsonville, Eunice,
Franklin, Hammond, Houma, Lees-
ville, Minden, Morgan City, Natchi-
                                                            Chalk it Up to St. Claude,         Main Street Memories, Eunice
8    Presevation in Print • November 2009            St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans                          www.prcno.org
                                         Ruston — Nov. 19–21                        Crowley — Nov. 21                           Denham Springs — Nov. 21–22
                2009                     “Spirit of the Holidays Celebration”       “A Night at the Rice”                       “Cajun Christmas Wonderland”
                                                                                    Leesville — Nov. 21                         Oak Street, New Orleans — Nov. 22
CALENDAR OF EVENTS                       Bastrop — Nov. 20
                                         “Polar Express Pajama Party”               “Holiday Reflections on Third Street”       “New Orleans Po-Boy Preservation
                                                                                    Natchitoches — Nov. 21                      Festival”
NOVEMBER 1 – 4                           New Roads — Nov. 20–21
Abbeville — Nov. 1                       “New Roads Proud: A Cultural               “Turn on the Holidays”                      NOVEMBER 25 – 30
“Bless My Grits”                         Celebration”                               North Rampart Street, New Orleans           Bastrop —Nov. 29
                                         Winnsboro — Nov. 20–21                     — Nov. 21                                   “Big Brass Brunch/Synergy Brass
NOVEMBER 5 – 10                          “Holiday Open House”                       “North RampART Festival”                    Quintet”
Ponchatoula — Nov. 5–7                             For a full calendar of events and more details, please visit www.louisianamaintomain.org
“Ponchatoula Antique Trade Days &
Craft Fair”
Minden — Nov. 6–7
“Main to Main Trade Days: 50 Miles
                                            25 YEARS OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GENERATED
of Food, Fun and Shopping”
Opelousas — Nov. 6
                                                  BY LOUISIANA MAIN STREET PROGRAM
“French Friday”
Slidell — Nov. 6–8                        Community            Joined      New        New     Building Rehabs/       Total Private            Public         Total
“Whistle Stop Weekend”                                       Main Street   Jobs       Bus.    New Construction       Investment               Improvements   Investments
Springhill — Nov. 6–7                     Abbeville             1994       196        61      $15.7 million          $23.9 million        $301,000           $24.2 million
“Main to Main Trade Days: 50 Miles        Bastrop               2000       94         28      $733,000               $1.1 million         $5.3 million       $6.4 million
of Food, Fun and Shopping”                Bogalusa              2001       71         35      $176,000               $574,000             —                  $574,000
Winnsboro — Nov. 6–7                      Clinton               2003       88         27      $838,000               $2.9 million         $1.5 million       $4.4 million
“Found on 15”                             Columbia              1995       252        71      $4 million             $8.5 million         $3 million         $11.5 million
Broad Street, New Orleans — Nov. 7        Crowley               1999       208        55      $6.8 million           $9.6 million         $4.8 million       $14.4 million
“Broad Street Brewhaha”                   Denham Springs        1996       173        63      $5.8 million           $8 million           $61,000            $8.6 million
Clinton — Nov. 7                          DeRidder              2008       47         5       $175,000               $725,000             $198,000           $923,000
“Art ‘Round the Square”
                                          Donaldsonville        2008       -0-        2       $26,300                $26,300              $1.4 million       $1.4 million
Columbia — Nov. 7                         Eunice                1999       85         21      $3 million             $4.1 million         $280,000           $4.4 million
“Blues and BBQ on the Ouachita”
                                          Franklin              1984       155        42      $7.3 million           $9.7 million         $1.7 million       $11.4 million
Donaldsonville — Nov. 7
“Donaldsonville Avenue Evening Stroll”    Hammond               1984       990        107     $35.7 million          $52.5 million        $3.8 million       $56.3 million
                                          Houma                 1985       342        44      $8.3 million           $14.1 million        $2.7 million       $16.8 million
Eunice — Nov. 7
“Main Street Memories”                    Leesville             2009       *          *       *                      *                    *                  *
Old Algiers, New Orleans — Nov. 7         Minden                1986       210        108     $16.4 million          $19.6 million        $1.4 million       $21 million
“Old Algiers Block Party”                 Morgan City           1996       158        42      $2.3 million           $4.8 million         $1.1 million       $5.9 million
Opelousas — Nov. 7                        Natchitoches          1993       346        92      $32.4 million          $42.5 million        $6.3 million       $48.8 million
“Talking History…A Historic               New Iberia            1994       697        191     $20 million            $28.3 million        $4.1 million       $32.4 million
Re-enactment Tour”                        New Orleans
Bastrop — Nov. 8                             Broad St.          2009       *          *       *                      *                    *                  *
“Christmas Holiday Open House”               N. Rampart St.     2006       74         11      $69,000                $69,000              —                  $69,000
                                             Oak Street         2006       152        36      $1.7 million           $6.5 million         $9.5 million       $16 million
NOVEMBER 11 – 18
                                             O.C. Haley Blvd.   2006       14         5       $4.1 million           $4.7 million         $1.5 million       $6.2 million
St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans —
Nov. 11–15                                   Old Algiers        2009       *          *       *                      *                    *                  *
“New Orleans Fringe Festival”                St. Claude Ave.    2006       24         8       $431,000               $584,000             $4 million         $4.6 million
Crowley — Nov. 12                         New Roads             2000       116        42      $829,000               $ 3 million          $766,000           $3.8 million
“A Night with the Arts”                   Opelousas             1990       491        83      $3.3 million           $4.8 million         $797,000           $5.6 million
“A Taste of Crowley Cuisine”              Plaquemine            1992       556        123     $8.4 million           $12.5 million        $6 million         $18.5 million
Franklin — Nov. 12                        Ponchatoula           1992       225        56      $9.2 million           $10.8 million        $394,000           $11.2 million
“Food & Wine Tasting”                     Ruston                1989       553        66      $2.5 million           $5.7 million         $1.4 million       $7.1 million
Abbeville — Nov. 13                       Slidell               2009       *          *       *                      *                    *                  *
“If Headstones Could Talk – Masonic       Springhill            1997       141        63      $2.7 million           $4.3 million         $11.3 million      $15.6 million
Cemetery Tour”                            St. Francisville      1993       235        69      $6.8 million           $8.3 million         $960,000           $9.3 million
Morgan City — Nov. 13                     St. Martinville       1993       282        47      $8.4 million           $11 million          $3.7 million       $14.7 million
“Atchafalaya Arts & Culinary Festival”    Thibodaux             2009       *          *       *                      *                    *                  *
Thibodaux — Nov. 13                       Winnsboro             1987       932        131     $10.5 million          $12 million          $840,000           $12.8 million
“Big Boy’s Main Street Cook-Off”
DeRidder —Nov. 14                         Totals                           7,907      1,734 $219 million             $315 million         $79 million        $402 million
“La Cuisine de Beauregard Food
Festival”
                                          Note: Numbers reflect statistics within Main Street districts only, not for the entire community.
Eunice — Nov. 14
“Main Street Memories”                    * Statistics have not yet been collected for communities that joined the Main Street
“Classic Country Show at the Liberty         network in 2009.
Theater”
Franklin — Nov. 14
“Christmas Under the Lampposts
Extravaganza”
Thibodaux — Nov. 14
“Thibodeauxville Fall Festival”
“Shopping, Dinner and a Movie”
Abbeville — Nov. 17
“Taste of Vermilion”

NOVEMBER 19 – 24
Crowley — Nov. 19
“The Arts and Its Music”
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                                                                                                                            La Cuisine de Beauregard, DeRidder
                                                                                           Tulane University Library’s site at
     From the                                                                              http://libguides.tulane.edu/content.


 LOUISIANA
                                                                                           php?pid=19665&sid=137277. Books
                                                                                           located in remote libraries can usu-
                                                                                           ally be obtained through the Interli-
 State Historic Preservation Office                                                        brary Loan process. This is a service
                                                                                           whereby a researcher can ask their
Office of Cultural Development,                                                            own library to get books or articles for
Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism                                              them from other libraries.
                                                                                              Magazine, newspaper and jour-
A Wealth of Information at Your Fingertips:                                                nal articles provide useful research
                                                                                           information of all types. Because most
Doing Research on Historic Preservation                                                    of these publications are not freely
                                                                                           available on the Internet, the best
in New Orleans Libraries and Archives                                                      way to access them is by searching
By Stephen Fowlkes                                                                         bibliographic databases that index
Division of Historic Preservation                                                          their contents. All libraries and some
                                                                                           special archives subscribe to numerous
MOST RESIDENTS of New Orleans                                                              bibliographic and full-text databases
have an appreciation for the many                                                          for identifying periodical articles.             Detail from Saenger Theatre plans. (Courtesy
historical treasures that surround us —                                                       The accompanying list of online               of the Emile Weil Collection, Southeastern
the buildings and monuments, quaint                                                        databases has suggestions on where to            Architectural Archive, Special Collections
neighborhoods and large historic                                                           search for the best articles for historic        Division, Tulane University Libraries)
districts. Most preservation-minded                                                        preservation research. In-depth re-
people know that it is no accident that                                                    search often requires the use of more            buildings or neighborhoods. In the
the unique historic character of any                                                       specialized databases that will identify         same way, original manuscripts, meet-
given community or its buildings has                                                       articles in scholarly and professional           ing records, news accounts, diaries
been kept intact. Instead, the success-                                                    journals. The Avery Index to Archi-              and public records provide valuable
ful protection of a historic building, or                                                  tectural Periodicals and the Design              information for historic preservation
of an entire neighborhood or district, is                                                  and Applied Arts Index list excellent            research. Unlikely sources found in
usually the result of years of extensive     St. Roch Avenue looking from Chartres
                                             Street towards St. Claude Avenue circa        articles on historic architecture and            special collections and archives (like
research and hard work by the own-           1940s. (Courtesy of the Photograph Collec -   related topics. America: History &               postcards, scrapbooks or clippings
ers, citizens and others who work to         tion, Louisiana Division/City Archives, New   Life is a good source for high-quality           files) can also reveal valuable informa-
protect them.                                Orleans Public Library)                       articles on regional or local history.           tion about buildings, neighborhoods,
   Research in historic preservation         sorting through thousands of hits after       SocIndex with Full Text indexes                  cultural groups and events.
can cover a wide range of topics, such       doing a search.                               the contents of sociology and urban                  These types of valuable sources,
as tracking down who built or lived             Another effective way to benefit           studies publications, which have great           and many more, are available in local
in a particular house, discovering           from Internet research is to start with       relevance for historic preservation              libraries and archives and together
the cultural significance of a historic      a list of Web sites selected by orga-         research. And there are several data-            can reveal much detail about the
neighborhood, or determining the best        nizations, libraries or agencies with         bases listed that focus on more spe-             original historic character of New
techniques for repairing historic ma-        interests similar to yours. For example,      cialized literature and information on           Orleans’ buildings, neighborhoods
sonry. There are many different sources      the PRC’s Web site includes a good list       historic restoration and conservation            and other unique cultural assets.
and methods for searching for this in-       of links at http://prcno.org/resources/       of materials as well. After searching            Uncovering the hidden details and
formation. These include research on         links.php; and the State’s Historic           any of these databases, don’t forget             secrets of the past through library and
the Internet, in libraries and archives,     Building Recovery Grant Program               that articles not available locally              archival research can be as exciting
and in public records offices.               Web site also lists suggested links to        can also be requested through your               as discovering a walled-over door in
   Most people’s first efforts these days    useful Internet sites for historic preser-    library’s Interlibrary Loan service.             an old house whose secrets have been
are done at home on their computer.          vation research at http://www.crt.state.         Libraries’ special collections                hidden for decades. In the same way,
Google and other large search engines        la.us/hp/hbrgpuselnks.aspx.                   contain invaluable primary research              unexpected information can often
instantly deliver huge amounts of               While Internet searching can turn          materials such as original drawings,             shed light on a research project and
varied information — from companies          up some articles and books, the best          blueprints, photographs, maps and                can open doors that lead you in a new
selling products to government or            way to identify published informa-            other images useful for studying                 and fascinating direction.
nonprofit organizations’ reports and         tion and primary source material is
publications. One drawback is that           by searching library collections. New
the researcher is often faced with           Orleans has a number of libraries and
                                             archives that contain excellent col-
                                             lections relevant to historic preserva-
                                             tion research. Refer to the list of local
                                             libraries and archives that accompa-
                                             nies this article for a description of
                                             their collections.
                                                Searching a library’s online catalog
                                             for books is often the first step in
                                             any research project, and this can
                                             be done before visiting the library.
                                             For extensive research, additional
                                             library collections can be searched
                                             via the Internet to identify books and
“Drawing for Italianate House, 1876”.
Alexander Hay Collection, Southeastern       other resources available for further
Architectural Archive, Special Collections   reading. An excellent list of archi-          Old Charity Hospital circa 1920s. (Courtesy of the Photograph Collection, Louisiana Divi   -
Division, Tulane University Libraries.       tectural libraries can be found on the        sion/City Archives, New Orleans Public Library)

10    Presevation in Print • November 2009                                                                                                                                www.prcno.org
   ONLINE DATABASES USEFUL                                                       Local Libraries and Archives
  FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION                                Before visiting these libraries and archives,              researchers may visit the SEAA by appointment.
          RESEARCH                                      confirm their hours of operation and research                 The Louisiana Research Collections, in Jones
                                                        policies first. It is also recommended that the refer-        Hall, also provide materials for in-depth study of
Use these to locate periodical articles and other       ence staff be consulted in each library or archive,           the history and culture of the area.
publications. “Proprietary” databases are available     as they can suggest the most relevant materials               Contact: Howard-Tilton: 504.865.5605;
only in or through a library. “Open Access” data-       and best search techniques for their particular               Architecture Library: 504.865.5391; SEAA:
                                                        collections.                                                  504.865.5699; Louisiana Collection:
bases are available freely on the Internet.
                                                                                                                      504.865.5685
                                                                                                                      New Orleans Notarial Archives
     PROPRIETARY DATABASES                                                                                            http://www.notarialarchives.org/research.htm
                                                                                                                      The Research Center and Historical Documents
Academic Search Complete                                                                                              department houses local notaries’ records that
(Available through the New Orleans Public Li-                                                                         date from 1733 to 1970. These contain a wealth
brary)                                                                                                                of information found in historical building and
Indexes general magazines and select scholarly                                                                        property transaction records. The archive also
publications                                                                                                          includes a building contract index from 1767-
                                                                                                                      1970, and thousands of oversize watercolor
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals                                                                              architectural drawings of 19th-century proper-
(Available in Tulane University Library)                                                                              ties. Researchers may consult their Web site to
Indexes professional and scholarly architecture                                                                       use online search tools, but must visit the archive
                                                        The “News Index” card file in the Louisiana Division/City     in person to do more extensive research.
journals                                                Archives at the New Orleans Public Library selectively
                                                        covers the contents of their extensive collection of          Contact: 504.568.8577
Design & Applied Arts Index                             historical New Orleans newspapers. This card entry lists      The Historic New Orleans Collection
(Available in Tulane Library)                           an article with a description of the St. Elizabeth’s Asylum   Williams Research Center
                                                        in the Commercial Bulletin from January 1867. (Photo by
Indexes scholarly and professional design journals,                                                                   www.hnoc.org/collections/research-center.html
                                                        Stephen Fowlkes)
including furniture, interior design and architecture                                                                 The HNOC operates as a museum and research
                                                        New Orleans Public Library’s Louisiana                        center focused on the study and preservation
America, History and Life                               Division and New Orleans City Archives and                    of the history and culture of New Orleans and
(Available in Tulane and UNO libraries)                 Special Collections                                           the Gulf South region. The Williams Research
Indexes scholarly publications on the history and       www.nutrias.org/spec/speclist.htm                             Center at 410 Chartres St. contains their large
culture of the U.S. and Canada                          The library’s general collections include materi-             collection of books, documents, photographs and
                                                        als on local history, culture and urban conditions.
                                                                                                                      prints. Researchers may search their Web site for
                                                        The Louisiana Division’s City Archives houses
SocIndex with Full Text                                                                                               an overview of their collections and their online
                                                        records of New Orleans’ municipal government
(Available through the NOPL, and in several other                                                                     catalog, and may visit the Research Center for
                                                        from 1769 to the present, including information
local libraries)                                                                                                      more extensive research and assistance in access-
                                                        on public property and buildings, zoning, historic
Indexes scholarly journals in sociology, urban stud-    districts, etc. The Special Collections department            ing their rich collections.
ies, urban planning, and historic preservation          houses photographs, newspapers, postcards, manu-              Contact: 504.523.4662
                                                        scripts, and a large number of property research              Louisiana State Museum
                                                        tools, some of which are available on their Web               Historical Center
     OPEN-ACCESS DATABASES                              site. Most of the Special Collection resources are            http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/collections/hcenter.htm
                                                        not available online, so researchers must visit the           This collection has materials related to all aspects
AATA Online                                             library to do comprehensive searching of their                of local and regional history, including maps,
(Abstracts of International Conservation Literature)    extensive collections and resources.                          manuscripts, books, microfilm, scrapbooks and
http://aata.getty.edu/NPS/                              Contact: 504.596.2610                                         pamphlets. Visit their Web site for an overview
Indexes literature related to the preservation and      Tulane University Libraries                                   of the collections and to access the Louisiana
conservation of material cultural heritage              http://library.tulane.edu                                     Digital Library, a statewide collection of digitized
                                                        and Southeastern Architectural Archives                       archival materials. The Historical Center is open
Bibliographic Conservation Information                  (SEAA)                                                        on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9-4:30, and by
Network (BCIN):                                         http://specialcollections.tulane.edu/SEAAHome.                appointment Wednesday through Friday. Contact:
http://www.bcin.ca/English/home_english.html            html                                                          800.568.6968
Indexes literature focused on the conservation, pres-   Tulane has the largest and oldest library collection
ervation and restoration of cultural property                                                                         Earl K. Long Library
                                                        in New Orleans. The Howard-Tilton (main) and
                                                        the Architecture libraries have rich collections for          University of New Orleans
ICCROM Library Catalogue                                researching architecture and other preservation               http://library.uno.edu/
http://library.iccrom.org/libris/index.html             topics. They welcome non-Tulane researchers, and              The UNO Library’s collections support a varied
From the International Centre for the Study of the      policies on the use of their materials and services           curriculum that includes in-depth study of the his-
Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property,      are available at http://library.tulane.edu/about/             tory and social conditions of New Orleans and the
a catalog of literature related to the conservation,    library_policies/public_access.php.                           surrounding area. The Louisiana Collection houses
preservation and restoration of cultural property       The SEAA, located in Jones Hall, houses col-                  material related to the history of the New Orleans
                                                        lections that focus on the built environment of               area, including books, manuscripts, photographs
ICOMOS Documentation Centre Database                    Louisiana and the Gulf South region. The bulk of              and more. The College of Urban and Public Affairs
                                                        their collections are comprised of local architec-            (CUPA) Working Papers are housed in the library,
http://databases.unesco.org/icomos/
                                                        tural office records, including plans, photographs,           and focus on land-use planning, neighborhood
From the International Council on Monuments &
                                                        and more, dating from 1830 to the present. They               planning, preservation planning and more. Visit
Sites, indexes literature related to the preservation
                                                        also have extensive photographic holdings, the li-            their Web site to access the online catalog and the
and restoration of historic buildings, monuments,       brary of the New Orleans Town Gardeners (a local
landscapes and sites                                                                                                  Louisiana Digital Library; databases may be used
                                                        garden club), and the oldest extant Sanborn Fire              on-site by visiting researchers.
                                                        Insurance Maps (dating from 1876). Non-Tulane                 Contact: 504.280.6549

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                                                                                                                                                                                                can Sector as much due as the French
                                                                                                                                                                                                Quarter has received, and to make
                                                                                                                                                                                                the area another destination. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1347 Moss Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                American Sector’s draw is its plethora
                                                                                                                                                                                                of cultural institutions including the
                                                                                                                                                                                                Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                Contemporary Arts Center, the Chil-
                                                                                                                                                                                                dren’s Museum, the Warehouse District
                                                                                                                                                                                                art galleries and others. The timing
                                                                                                                                                                                                couldn’t be better for the World War II
                                                                                                                                                                                                Museum expansion, which includes the
                                                                                                                                                                                                Nov. 6th opening of a new John Besh
                                                                                                                                                                                                restaurant, also named The American
                                                                                                                                                                                                Sector. The menu will feature updated
                                                                                                                                                                                                American-style cuisine. The re-des-
                                                                                                                                                                                                ignation of the area will likely make
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Historic center hall style home built in
                                                                                                                                                                                                both locals and tourists more aware                                            1840’s and lovingly restored in 2007. Tall
                                                                                                                                                                                                of the founding and expansion of our                                           ceilings, pocket doors, wide pine floors
                                                                                                                                                                                                city and the many people who made it

                    The American Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and ceiling medallions are a few of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                what it is today.                                                              original details that are intact. Fantastic
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pam Breaux from the Lieutenant                                             view of Bayou St. John from wide front
                                                                                                                                                                                                Governor’s Office says “the Depart-                                            porch. Master bedroom and dramatic
                    By Katie Walenter                                                                                                                                                           ment of Culture, Recreation &                                                  master bath are top quality. Custom
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               kitchen has hand made cabinets, granite
                    Map courtesy of the Regional Planning Commission                                                                                                                            Tourism supports the efforts to rebrand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               counter tops, stainless appliances and
                                                                                                                                                                                                the Central Business District in New                                           is open to the large family room. To-
                    NEW ORLEANS CITY COUNCIL,                                                                                 town. The French, Spanish and Cre-                                Orleans as the American Sector. This                                           tal of 5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths and over
                    largely through the efforts of business-                                                                  oles lived predominantly in the French                            name has a long and distinguished                                              5400 square feet. Priced at $1,500,000.
                    man Arne Hook, officially redesignated                                                                    Quarter and the Americans settled                                 history in the upriver development of                                             For more information or a private
                    part of the city as the American Sector,                                                                  on the other side of Canal Street.                                New Orleans…. One of the many dy-                                                           showing please
                    a name that had completely fallen                                                                         The divide is most evident today with                             namic aspects of this area today is the                                                  contact Frank Barrett.
                    out of vernacular use. Hook, with the                                                                     French street names in the Quarter and                            development of the Arts/Warehouse
                    nonprofit organization Friends of the                                                                     American street names in what is now                              District. This district offers a cohesive                                           Frank Barrett
                    American Sector, fought for several                                                                       once again the American Sector. For                               mix of residential and commercial                                                  504-258-0375.
                    years to rename the area that contains                                                                    example, when crossing Canal Street                               building uses that are important to fos-
                    the Central Business District, the                                                                        from the Quarter, Burgundy Street                                 tering progress and cultural commerce                                             fob523@aol.com.
                    Warehouse District, the Downtown                                                                          becomes O’Keefe and Chartres Street                               in the city of New Orleans.”
                    Development District, Lafayette Square                                                                    becomes Camp.                                                         The umbrella designation will hope-                                        Re/Max Real Estate Partners, Inc.
                    and Picayune Place. The goal for the                                                                         Councilmember Jackie Clarkson re-                              fully champion and promote the area                                                   504-888-9900.
                    umbrella designation, says Hook, is not                                                                   iterates this point: “The term ‘Ameri-                            and in turn preserve its unique culture
                    to erase the lines that differentiate these                                                               can Sector’ showcases New Orleans’                                and architecture. PRC is proud of its
                    unique areas, but to promote a branding                                                                   heritage of multiculturalism, referenc-                           36-year role in revitalizing much of the
                    that will assist with economic and cul-                                                                   ing a unique time in the city’s history                           American Sector: through education
                    tural development in the same way that                                                                    when its population and land were                                 and advocacy for preservation in the area
                    the French Quarter is a brand.                                                                            divided among Creoles and Americans.                              since it was founded in 1974; being the                                                         LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS
                       The name “American Sector” is a                                                                        Reintroducing the term brings out this                            first to purchase for restoration a Julia
                    part of New Orleans’ history that even                                                                    history and will help spur the area’s                             Row building in 1976; through its Ware-
                    locals forget, and which dates back to                                                                    cultural economy by refocusing on its                             house District Project in the early 1980s;
                    the Louisiana Purchase. In 1803, Spain                                                                    historic roots.”                                                  through the effort to save the federal re-
                    sold New Orleans to the French, and                                                                          The purpose of this umbrella desig-                            habilitation tax credit in the mid-1980s;
                    then almost immediately the French
                    sold New Orleans to the Americans
                                                                                                                              nation is to unite the various sections
                                                                                                                              of downtown, but the separate districts          Marigny          and now as the owner-occupant of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                most architecturally significant building
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        All dressed up . . .
                    who then came down in droves and                                                                          will continue to use their unique                                 in the area, the Leeds-Davis Building at
                    built up the area we now call down-                                                                       names. The hope is to give the Ameri-                             923 Tchoupitoulas St.
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The Evolution of an
American Sector Intersection
By Mary Fitzpatrick
                                                                                                                                            November                              in the
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                                                                                                                                                                                     626 JULIA ST., NEW ORLEANS, LA 70130




                                                                                               Photo courtesy National WWII Museum
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Buy direct
                                                                                                                                               Keith Perelli
                                                                                                                                                Monotypes                                        from the artist
                                                                                                                                            Through November
                                                                                                                                     Opening reception - Sat. Nov 7 6-9 pm               (504) 592-0206 • (504) 524-8137
                                                                                                                                                                                           Hours: Mon.-Sat. 12:30-4:30
                                                                                                                                         Tax free sales on all 1 of a kind art.              www.georgeschmidt.com
                                                                                                                                     709 CAMP ST.               504-524-3936
THE NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM                    Irvin (Preservation in Print, February                                                                                                          Jean Bragg
tells the story of the Allied defeat of     1997). “Until WWI a German presence                                                                                                       Gallery of Southern Art
Germany. Ironically, the first building     distinctly affected the port city’s life. By                                                                                                 IN THE NEW ORLEANS ARTS DISTRICT
in the complex, which opened in 2000        the 1880s the German wherewithal had
as the D-Day Museum, was designed by        increased dramatically. They became                                                                                                                         Chuck Broussard
a German, for a German, to house an         New Orleans’ newest ‘establishment’                                                                                                                          “Plein de Grace”
industry imported from Germany.             group, illustrated by Martin Behrman’s                                                                                                                         Opening reception
    For more than 200 years the corner      role as political boss in the late 1800s                                                                                                                    Saturday, November 7th
                                                                                                                                                                                                                6-9pm
of Magazine Street and Higgins Drive        and early 1900s.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Closing date: November 30
has reflected whatever engine is steer-        The German love for beer, dance                                                              Andrew Higgins Drive between
ing New Orleans at the time. Today          halls and music festivals pervaded                                                                  Camp and Magazine
                                                                                                                                             Open 7 Days, 9 AM-5PM                       Hours: 10 am-5 pm, Monday-Saturday
tourism is important, and this month        the city. Breweries blossomed. The                                                              www.nationalww2museum.org                       600 Julia Street, New Orleans
                                                                                                                                                   504-527-6012
the new addition to the National            German architect William Fitzner,
World War II Museum will open to            who immigrated to New Orleans in
great fanfare, just as the original mu-     1859, designed many of these costly
seum, then called the D-Day Museum,         complexes. The owners were German-
did when it opened in 2000.                 Americans, such as Albert Thiesen,
    When the economy was agriculture,       who built the Weckerling, and Edward
the site was the Delord Plantation.         G. Schlieder, who is remembered for
Later, the area was the center of the       his educational endowment more than
burgeoning American Sector with             his financing of the famous Storyville
warehouses to store cotton and sugar-       saloon and brothel owned by Tom
cane, townhouses and residences above       Anderson.
commercial enterprises, and small
industries adjacent to the port, the sec-   CALL IT COINCIDENCE, but as
ond busiest in the nation. By 1856, the     the very short-lived local breweries
City Brewery — a simple, two-story          started to fail in the 1890s, Storyville
building — was standing where the           came into existence. Conveniently,
first museum building is now.               the land where German-owned brew-
    The Weckerling Brewing Company          eries stood in that part of town could
demolished the small building in            be sold to the new entrepreneurs, such
1886 and built the castlelike structure     as Tom Anderson and his mistress
                                            Josie Arlington. And William Fitzner
that now houses the museum. (The
                                            could be their architect.                                                                                                                     5 Everett Place • $1,295,000
contemporary glass-fronted wing                                                                                                                                                              Built on a stately scale in 1909,
was built by the museum in 2000                The Weckerling Brewery, far from
                                            the Red Light District, became Gal-                                                                                                            this handsome home sits on a park-
to display large war materiel). The                                                                                                                                                      like cul de sac in the heart of Uptown.
building’s segmental window openings        lagher’s Transfer & Storage, and then
                                            sat vacant like most of its neighbors for                                                                                                     Extensively renovated 4BD/ 3.5 BA,
and crenelated cornice are articulated                                                                                                                                                       gourmet kit.w/ brfst. rm., elegant
today in a camouflage palette.              many years until the museum opened.
                                            Just as crews scramble night and day                                                                                                          dining and living plus large paneled
THE BREWING INDUSTRY                        over the new World War II Museum                                                                                                                   large family rm. w/ fireplace
came of age in New Orleans with the         expansion to get it ready for the No-                                                                                                                   and separate study.
expanding use of ice in 1882 and the in-    vember opening, so it was to prepare                                                                                                            Fabulous wrap around front porch.
fluence of the city’s German-American       for the June 6, 2000 celebration when                                                                         Carmen L. Duncan, CRS, ABR
community. “At the outbreak of the          the old German brewery was reincar-                                                                                  “Your Real Estate Resource” sm
Civil War, 12 percent of New Orleans’       nated as the National D-Day Museum.                                                                                 RE/MAX N.O. Properties
population was first-generation Ger-        This article is excerpted from a longer piece in                                          Direct: 504-865-9397 • Cell: 504-452-6439 • RE/MAX: 504-866-7733
man,” wrote historian Hilary Somerville     Preservation in Print, June 2000.                                                                                      www.yourrealestateresource.net

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                                                                                                              Destinations




                                            Ocean Springs, Mississippi
                                            Where Art is the Heart and Soul
                                            Photos and text by Celeste Berteau

                                            THE FIRST WORD that comes              capitol to the new settlement of
                                            to my mind when someone men-           Mobile, but the title reverted back
                                            tions Ocean Springs is art. As a       to Fort Maurepas in 1719 after a
                                            long-time devotee of the painter       hurricane wiped out the harbor
                                            Walter Anderson, I have made           at Mobile. As d’Iberville and his
                                            regular pilgrimages to this lovely     younger brother Jean Baptiste
                                            coastal town, both before and          Sieur de Bienville ventured farther
                                            since the opening of the museum        east, the capitol was moved again,
                                            dedicated to the works of Ander-       first to what is now Biloxi, and
                                            son and his artist brothers, Peter     finally to New Orleans in 1722.
                                            and James. But until I spent a full       By the time Mississippi was ad-
                                            day recently wandering the town,       mitted to the Union in 1817 Vieux
                                            I had no idea of the impact art        Biloxy, as Fort Maurepas was now
                                            has made on the citizens and the       called, was rich with immigrants.
                                            economy of Ocean Springs. Art is       French, Spanish, Irish, Portuguese    began building hotels and promot-
                                            everywhere, and it is no wonder        and American settlers were drawn      ing the medicinal benefits of visit-
                                            the city has a reputation for being    by the area’s seafaring and lumber    ing the town. In 1853, Dr. George
                                            the most artistic community on         industries, as well as rich farm-     Austin of New Orleans opened the
                                            the Gulf Coast.                        land. A healthy schooner trade        Ocean Springs Hotel, from which
                                               The city we now know as Ocean       developed between Vieux Biloxy        the town got its name.
                                            Springs is the oldest community        and New Orleans, the cargo being         In 1870, the railroad line from
                                            on the Gulf Coast, having been         mostly lumber and charcoal.           Mobile to New Orleans was com-
                                            founded by Pierre LeMoyne Sieur                                              pleted, allowing more tourists to
                                            d’Iberville in 1699. In the em-        THE HEALING POWERS of the             utilize the spas. By the early 20th
                                            ploy of French King Louis XIV,         area’s mineral springs, as claimed    century, affluent families from not
                                            d’Iberville named this first capitol   by the local Native Americans,        only New Orleans but also north-
                                            of New France, Fort Maurepas.          began interesting entrepreneurs by    ern cities built vacation homes
                                            In 1702, d’Iberville relocated the     the early 1850s, and they quickly     in the area. Two shoreline homes
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                                                                                                              in multiple mediums pay homage to the flora,
                                                                                                              fauna and community around them. Walter, a
                                                                                                              brilliant colorist, had a reverence and respect
                                                                                                              for nature that emanates from his paintings and
                                                                                                              murals in an almost spiritual manner. Spend
                                                                                                              time in “the little room” in the museum and
                                                                                                              you will understand.
                                                                                                                 All over Ocean Springs you will see remind-
                                                                                                              ers of the Anderson’s influence. From banners
                                                                                                              hanging from lamp poles, to murals painted on
                                                                                                              exterior walls of buildings, to one of my favorite
                                                                                                              shops anywhere. Called Realizations, it’s a trea-
                                                                                                              sure trove for fans of Walter Anderson. Located
                                                                                                              in the former train depot, built in 1907, the
                                                                                                              shop carries clothing, jewelry, artwork, note
                                                                                                              cards and other items depicting the imagery of
                                                                                                              the Mississippi master.
                                                                                                                 Also located in the depot building is the
                                                                                                              Chamber of Commerce where you will find
                                                                                                              everything you need to know about the goings
                                                                                                              on in town, and there are plenty of things going
                                                                                                              on. A festival is held each month of the year.
                                                                                                              One of the biggest events is the annual Peter
                                                                                                              Anderson Arts and Crafts Festival. The two-day
                                                                                                              juried festival, which is celebrating its 31st year,
                                                                                                              attracts more than 100,000 visitors who view
                                                                                                              the work of 300 artists. A free trolley shuttles
                                                                                                              attendees from parking areas to downtown.
                                                                                                              Festival dates this year are Nov. 7-8.

                                                                                                              THE MARY O’KEEFE Cultural Center for
                                                                                                              Arts and Education on Government Street
                                                                                                              is housed in the former Ocean Springs High
                                                                                                              School built in 1927. It is named in honor of
                                                                                                              Mississippi’s first woman superintendent of
                                                                                                              schools and native of Ocean Springs. Once list-
                                                                     Top: Bayview Gourmet Restaurant          ed as one of the 10 “Most Endangered Buildings
                                                                     and the potter of Bayview; Middle:
                                                                     The old train depot now houses           in Mississippi,” happily it has been resurrected
                                                                     the Chamber of Commerce and the          as a multi-use arts center, complete with a per-
                                                                     Walter Anderson Shop, Realizations;      forming arts theater, an art gallery, a recording
                                                                     Below: Interior of Shearwater Pottery.   studio, pottery studio and much more. In the
                                                                                                              theater you will see a replica of a mural painted
                                                                                                              here by Walter Anderson, the original of which
                                                                                                              is now in the Walter Anderson Museum.
                                                    See you at the Peter Anderson Arts &                         Besides viewing art, there are outstand-
                                                                                                              ing shopping opportunities in Ocean Springs.
                                                            Crafts Fair, Nov. 7-8.
                                                                                                              From galleries like Kathleen’s Fibre Art and
                                                      Annette McConnell Anderson, mother of                   Gina’s Antiques and Art, both on Washington
                                                   artists Walter, Peter and James, and an artist in          Avenue, to Poppy’s on Porter Street, where
                                                   her own right, bought 24 acres on the Mississip-           you’ll find a little of everything, including
                                                   pi Sound in Ocean Springs in 1918. After her               gourmet food items, fine art, gifts and jewelry.
                                                   husband’s retirement in 1922 they moved there              Bayou Belle on Washington is one of a number
                                                   from the family home in New Orleans. Over                  of fine clothing boutiques, and other charming
                                                   the years, their sons gravitated to Fairhaven, as          specialty shops line Washington Avenue and
                                                   the property was called, and settled in Ocean              Government Streets and points in between. A
                                                   Springs to raise their own families. In 1928,              special stop for many is Miner’s Toy Store on
                                                   Peter founded the famous Shearwater Pottery,               Washington.
                                                   which united the three brothers in a collabora-               There is no chance of going hungry here.
                                                   tion that produced a unique and beautiful line             There are more than 100 eateries within the
designed by Frank Lloyd Wright were severely       of both decorative and functional pieces. It is            city limits, with at least 80 of these being local-
damaged by Hurricane Katrina.                      an Ocean Springs treasure not to be missed.                ly owned. Check out Bayview Gourmet on Rob-
   New Orleans and Ocean Springs have much         The family tradition is carried on today at                inson Street for a fantastic breakfast, brunch or
in common. Both were founded by the LeMoyne        Shearwater, where descendents of the brothers              lunch. Each table features hand-thrown pottery,
brothers. The cities share a climate that pro-     keep the kiln fires burning by the water’s edge.           and you may be waited on by the potter himself.
duces magnificent live oaks, magnolias, azaleas                                                               If you’re in the mood for a burger, Government
and wisteria. The traditions and diets of both     THE WALTER ANDERSON MUSEUM                                 Street Grocery is the place to go.
its populations have been strongly influenced by   was opened on Washington Avenue in 1991,
water. Another significant common denomina-        and is devoted to celebrating the works of this            OCEAN SPRINGS is deceiving. There is so
tor is Walter Anderson and his family.             prolific painter and his brothers, whose works             much more here than initially meets the
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                                                                         • VISIT OCEAN SPRINGS •

                                                                                                                                                  Where the
                                                                                                                                                  Gulf Coast

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                                                                                                                                               SHOPS
                                                                                                                                                for the Holidays

The Bridge Mural                                                                                  Hundreds of local shops,
                                                                                                    Hundreds of local shops,
                                                                                               restaurants and entertainment
                                                                                                 restaurants and entertainment
eye. You will not be able to see
everything in one day, so take your
time, relax and plan on spending the




                                               Gina’s
night. A weekend stay at the Gulf
Hills Hotel nestled along Old Fort                                               It’s Simply better in Ocean Springs, MS!
                                                                                   It’s Simply better in Ocean Springs, MS!



                                               Gina’s
Bayou could be just the ticket.
    On a recent visit to Ocean Springs
I drove to the foot of Porter Street
where it ends at Front Beach on
the Biloxi Bay. Here I marveled at
The Bridge Mural, one of the most              Antiques                         1000 Washington Avenue • • Ocean Springs • Mississippi 39564
                                                                               1000 Washington Avenue Ocean Springs • Mississippi 39564
                                                                                           ph: 228-875-4424 fax 228.875.0332
                                                                                      ph 228.875.4424 • • fax 228-875-0332
spectacular installations of public
art I’ve ever seen. A collaboration of           Art • Gifts                                 www.oceanspringschamber.com
                                                                                            www.oceanspringschamber.com


                                                    Antiques
                                                                         Created in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development and the Mississippi Development Authority.
                                                                           Created in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Mississippi Development Authority.
five artists, and installed on the side
of the new walking bridge to Biloxi,
it is a four-panel mosaic depicting              Handcrafted gifts
the nature and culture of the Gulf
Coast. As I absorbed the beauty of
my surroundings and considered the
                                                    Art • Gifts
                                                      from
                                                  American artisans

huge impact art has had on the com-                      
munity I found myself thinking, “I
bet d’Iberville was an artist.”
                                                 902 Washington Ave.
                                              902 Washington Ave.
                                                      Downtown
                                                   Downtown
     Take I-10 East to Exit 50
     and follow signs to Ocean
                                               Ocean Springs, MS 39564
                                               Ocean Springs, MS
     Springs. It is about one-                         39564                                      913 Washington Avenue
     and-a-half hours by car                     (228) 818-3333                                      Ocean Springs, MS 39564
     from New Orleans.                           (228) 818-3333
                                                  Tuesday - Saturday
                                               Tuesday --Saturday
                                                                                                                   1Featuring 2
                                                     10 4                           • Hand-woven Blankets, Rugs, Scarves,
                                                     10 - 4
                                                                                      Shawls and Handbags of various sizes,
                                                                                      shapes & colors, all Loom Woven
                                                                                    • Hand Dyed Silk & Rayon Scarves,
                                                                                      Shawls, Camisoles, and Much more
                                                                                    • Japanese Braided Jewelry
                                                                                    • Kumihimo (Japanese) Loom Braiding Kits
                                                                                    • Custom designs and colors to fit
                                                                                      your personal needs

                                                                                                                                                               Store Hours
                                                                                        Shop: 228-818-6666                                                   Monday – Saturday
                                                                                        Cell: 228-233-4518                                                     10am - 4pm

                                                                                                            Email: kbrownvc@yahoo.com

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                                                                                                      ESTABLISHED
                                                                                                      1927

                                                                                      • Quiet, Secluded on Old Fort Bayou
                                                                                      • Large Outdoor Pool
                                                      BAYOU BELLE                     • 18 Hole Championship Golf Course
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                                                                                      • Close to Casinos
                                                      CASUAL COAST CHIC               • Quiet, Secluded on Old Fort Bayou
                                                                                      • Lighted Rubico Tennis Courts
                                                                                      • Large Outdoor Pool
                                                                                      • Kayak & Canoe Rentals
                                                                                      • 18 Hole Championship Golf Course
                                                         DOWNTOWN                                13701 P
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                                                        OCEAN SPRINGS                       OCEAN SPRINGS, MS 39564
                                                                                      • Lighted Rubico Tennis Courts
                                                                                                  228-875-4211
                                                         228-875-7008                      TOLL-FREE 866-875-4211
                                                                                      • Kayak & Canoe Rentals
                                                                                             www.gulfhillshotel.com
                                                                                                13701 PASO ROAD
                                                                                            OCEAN SPRINGS, MS 39564
                                                                                                228-875-4211
                                                                                           TOLL-FREE 866-875-4211
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                                                        Shearwater Pottery



                                                         A visit to Shearwater is a delightful experience
                                                                    228.875.7320
                                                                 102 Shearwater Drive
                                                                       .O.
                                                                      P Box 737
                                                          Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39566-0737
                                                                             Showroom
                                                                Monday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
                                                                     Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
                                                                             Workshop
                                                                    Open from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
                                                                    Except on Saturday and Sunday
                                                                Group tours by appointment only

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                                                                                                                          corner. Then suddenly it is 1963 and,
                                                                                                                          already an old lady, Mémère is sitting
                                                                                                                          with her 16-year-old grandson at
                                                                                                                          the kitchen table, reminiscing about
                                                                                                                          her old neighborhood. Why should
                                                                                                                          she care if Jimmy goes to the French
                                                                                                                          Quarter? They say it’s wild and bohe-
                                                                                                                          mian down there, but what are guitars
                                                                                                                          and long hair to her, after the world
                                                                                                                          she grew up in?
                                                                                                                             “Now you get home early,” Mémère
                                                                                                                          says.
                                                                                                                              But, of course, I never did.
                                                                                                                             As the busiest port in the coun-
                                                                                                                          try, New Orleans reached its apogee
                                                                                                                          of wealth and power in the 1840s.
                                                                                                                          And it’s been downhill ever since. A           Corner of Rampart and Gov. Nicholls, 1928
                                                                                                                                                                         (HNOC #1987.25)
                                                                                                                          decadent port is the perfect place to fo-
                                                                                                                          ment a literary bohemia, providing the
                                                                                                                          three essentials: cheap rent, creative
                                                                                                                          misfits and a window onto the world.
                                                                                                                          The French Quarter has possessed
                                                                                                                          that magic combination of ingredients
                                                                                                                          during several distinct eras. The first
                                                                                                                          was the world that I daydream passed
                                                                                                                          through the family cigar store. Local
                                                                                                                          colorists such as Cable, Hearn and
                                                                                        Courtesy of Library of Congress




     Quarter Rats
                                                                                                                          later Kate Chopin wrote vivid portraits
                                                                                                                          of the Creole neighborhood, a previ-
                                                                                                                          ously unmapped enclave of French
                                                                                                                          Caribbean culture entrenched north of
                                                                                                                          the Canal Street “neutral ground,” at
     By James Nolan                                                                                                       war with the money-mad Americans
                                                                                                                          on the other side.
                                                                                                                             The Americans won. And by the
I come from a long line of Quarter rats. We inhabit crum-                                                                 First World War, the Creoles were
bling buildings, seldom poke our snouts out of the French                                                                 in retreat, and most had abandoned
Quarter, and like our distant cousins the cockroaches, can                                                                the Quarter for Esplanade Avenue.
stay up all night and will eat anything.                                                                                  Their shops and homes had fallen               200 block of Bourbon St., 1943 (HNOC
                                                                                                                          into disrepair, and were taken over            #1979.325.2001)
OF THE FIVE GENERATIONS of                   from a lecture tour with Mark Twain,
my family in New Orleans, only my            Cable has stopped in for a cigar. My
mother has never lived in the French         great-grandfather abruptly turns his
Quarter, but her first job was as a sec-     shoulder: Cable slandered the Creoles
retary in a dress factory located three      in The Grandissimes, and nobody
blocks from my apartment. As a child,        speaks to him anymore.
when I’d present her with some loopy            An imposing woman in a red tignon
drawing, she’d exclaim, “Why, that’s         passes the shop, carrying a basket of
so good you could take it to Jackson         roots. Is that the Widow Paris from
Square.” That was her ambition for           Rue St. Ann, they whisper, or her
me, to become a painter on Jackson           daughter Marie Glapion, also known
Square, but perverse as ever, I became       as Marie Laveau? The light-skinned
a writer instead. You see, everything        voodooienne is walking with an
and everyone in this neighborhood            ancient African wearing a gris-gris
has a story: art, buildings, bars, res-      necklace, Jean Montanet, a.k.a. Dr.
taurants, shops, rats, even writers and      John from Bayou Road. Both Hearn
their mothers.                               and Cable have written about Dr.
   A favorite daydream of mine               John, so they rush outside to greet him.
takes place at my great-grandfather’s        Then up walks Père Roquette, a parish
tobacco shop, at the corner of St.           priest from the Ursuline convent who
Louis and Chartres. It’s 1893, let’s say,    dresses like a wild Indian. He’s known                                       Beauregard-Keyes House circa 1907, 1113 Chartres St.
the year my grandmother was born.            as Chahta-Ima among the Choctaws
The family was still living above the        in St. Tammany Parish. Hearn quizzes                                                                                        had put out a call to young writers to
                                                                                                                          by Sicilian immigrants who set up              come to the “most civilized place I’ve
shop, as Creole merchants did at the         the priest about the interview with                                          groceries on almost every corner.
time. My great-grandfather, Auguste          him in The New Orleans Bulletin, done                                                                                       found in America.”
                                                                                                                          This was the slum that William                    And they did come. Faulkner,
Glaudot, is speaking French with a           by someone called Walt Whitman.                                              Faulkner discovered in 1924, when
dwarfish Quarter rat in a wide round            “That name,” Hearn says, “rings a                                                                                        Anderson, John Dos Passos and
                                                                                                                          he rented an apartment in Pirate’s             Anita Loos met up with locals such
hat that makes him look like an              bell.”                                                                       Alley and described the Quarter as
ambulant mushroom. Lafcadio Hearn               My grandmother, on the balcony                                                                                           as Lyle Saxon and William Spratling
                                                                                                                          “this courtesan, not old yet no longer         to form a bohemia often described as
switches into English to welcome             in her mother’s arms, is staring down                                        young.” Sherwood Anderson, already
George Washington Cable. Back                wide-eyed at these characters on the                                                                                        Greenwich Village South. They came
                                                                                                                          ensconced in the Pontalba Building,            for the ambience, each other’s inspira-
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tion and — make no mistake about          and early 1960s, the Quarter was part
it — the booze that kept flowing dur-     of what was called the Golden Tri-
ing Prohibition. In no way were the       angle between here, the Village and
Puritan restrictions of Anglo-America     North Beach for everyone “on the
enforced in an Italian neighborhood       road.” The local scene was energized
with Spanish architecture, French         by the Civil Rights movement, and
culture and African street life. The      the arrivals of Beat writers and jazz
Quarter then was one big speakeasy.       musicians from New York and San
   By the beginning of the Depression,    Francisco. Folksingers wailed Odetta
most of these writers had scattered,      from coffeehouse stages, demonstra-
as the local colorists had by the turn    tions were plotted, jazz-and-poetry
of the century. Who remained in the       collaborations filled the air, and
Quarter were artists applying the folk-   magazines such as John and Gypsy
loric concept of local color to paint-    Lou Webb’s The Outsider published
ing, a bold breakthrough at the time.     Bukowski and Ferlinghetti, who were
Their realistic canvasses of Louisiana    often in town. A young native named
life — of its swamps, plantations and     John Kennedy Toole was taking this
street scenes — appealed to visitors,     all in, and certain sources swear that
so they began to take their work to       miscreants were conspiring inside
sell in Jackson Square. This was the      courtyards to assassinate another Ken-
era that fostered such a great photog-    nedy, the President.
rapher as Clarence John Laughlin,             Then the Quarter was still home to
although the regional aesthetic later     a working port, and seedy bars along
degenerated into the tourist schlock      Decatur Street were blaring Greek
sold today.                               and Latino music that lured both
   Curiously, most American bohe-         foreign sailors and local bons vivants.
mias have taken root in immigrant         Drinking in those dives formed my
Italian neighborhoods — Greenwich         first contact with the world at large.
Village, North Beach — and this           But when gigantic modern freighters
was also true of the French Quarter.      no longer fit inside the wharves, and
Quarter-rat painters became honor-        the port was moved upriver, the Quar-
ary Mediterraneans, donning berets,       ter lost its connection to the vital grit
downing espressos and red wine, and       of marine commerce, and the legiti-
scraping by on pasta in tenement          mate businesses and shadowy demi-
rentals. Ever since, painters have        mondes that fed off of it vanished
formed the backbone of Quarter            from the neighborhood. The truth is,
bohemia. They can both live here and      the Quarter isn’t wicked anymore but
make their living “on the fence,” as      just pretends to be, and now makes its
they call Jackson Square. When Ten-       living off of conventioneers so drunk       The author’s great-grandfather, Auguste Glaudot, and a receipt from his tobacco shop
nessee Williams arrived in the French     they can’t tell the difference.             located at 440 Chartres St.
Quarter in 1938, he carried a letter          Fortunately, preservationists
                                          quashed plans to erect an elevated          ing courtesan had closed the shutters,         a glittering ridge of high-rise hotels
of introduction to two such painters,
                                          freeway over the Quarter and to             taken a long look in her vanity mirror         to house the invaders. We Quarter
Knute Heldner and Colette Pope.
                                          install a sound-and-light show in           and decided, honey, it’s time to live          rats wander a ghost town of tastefully
   Williams’ Quarter of the ’40s and
                                          Jackson Square. But the 1984 World’s        off of your reputation.                        restored vacation condos, time-shares
’50s was a brawling seaport filled
with foreign sailors, pimps, hookers,     Fair ushered in the final stages of                                                        and bed-and-breakfasts. Block after
                                          waterfront redevelopment, and the           ONCE AGAIN the French Quarter is               block of T-shirt shops blasting Zydeco
burlesque clubs and the first gay bars.
                                          decaying port was converted into a          a walled city, enclosed not by colonial        peddle voodoo dolls, whorish boas and
During his stay, William Burroughs
                                          theme park. It was as if Faulkner’s ag-     ramparts to thwart invasions but by            hokey hot sauce, marketing local color
— “author of Junkie and Queer,” as a
marker proudly proclaims in front of                                                                                                 like an aisle at Wal-Mart. Mass tourism
his former house — no doubt found                                                                                                    inspires an ironic self-consciousness
everything he needed here. This was                                                                                                  about who we are that, as a writer, is
when the neighborhood acquired                                                                                                       difficult to ignore. It makes me want
its enduring reputation for vice, the                                                                                                to place quotation marks around words
Quarter of my parents’ generation.                                                                                                   like Creole, Cajun and voodoo.
My father warned me in high school                                                                                                      Yet on good days, I crack open the
about “getting rolled” down here,                                                                                                    gate of the ramshackle fence that
afraid someone would “slip a Mickey”                                                                                                 hides the courtyard where I live and
in my drink. My grandmother may                                                                                                      step into the only place that has ever
have fancied I was going to the Quar-                                                                                                felt like home. Like layers of paint
ter to mourn the French Opera House                                                                                                  peeling from an old building, history
of her youth, just as my father figured                                                                                              reveals itself at every turn of my stroll.
I was heading to the Hotsy Totsy Club                                                                                                And then the living Quarter rats
of his, but neither was the world I was                                                                                              emerge from behind their shutters.
searching for.                                                                                                                       Interrupting my reveries, I always run
   Where I was going were the                                                                                                        into a writer friend: Lee Grue, Andrei
integrated coffeehouses and blues                                                                                                    Codrescu, Andy Young, Khaled He-
clubs, not to mention the uproarious                                                                                                 gazzi, Dave Brinks, Julie Smith, Marda
Discussion Group, a monthly get-                                                                                                     Burton, Ken Holditch, Jed Horne, all
together of painters, poets and other                                                                                                fellow Quarter rats. We stand gabbing
ranting eccentrics. During the ’50s                                                                                                  on the corner about who is reading at

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the Gold Mine or Café Brasil, who’s moving, who’s in love again, and perhaps
repair for a drink to Molly’s. Walking home, the decades scrambled in my head,
the living with the dead, I think plus ca change, plus c’est la même chose.
   Despite Disneyfication, the Quarter has three guarantees of its survival: archi-
tecture, transience and terrible weather. What you see on the street is not what
the Quarter really is. Our lives — more like our writing than we’d care to admit
— take place behind the anonymous walls and gates of courtyards, marking the
Mediterranean separation between public and private. This labyrinth of inviolate
worlds, which has repelled Spanish, British and American incursions, also keeps
at bay the hordes of tourists wearing balloons on their heads. Lindy Boggs, for
example, that grande dame of Louisiana politics and octogenarian former ambas-
sador to the Vatican, still maintains a residence on Bourbon Street.
   Lured by the romance, new residents continue to arrive. And most eventu-
ally go, either straight into rehab, or complaining of the noisy bars and vampire
tours, street muggings, or sky-high rents. Like Confederate jasmine vines hold-
ing up a crumbling brick wall, only the truly twisted stay rooted here. Yet the
neighborhood certainly will outlast the current plague of tour-promoters and
real-estate developers selling “charm” by the hotel-bed or square-foot.
   The French Quarter feeds on the flesh of its strangers, and never grows old.
   And after a few years of hurricanes, torrential rains, and steaming sum-
mers, even the snazziest renovations will soon look like one of Clarence John
Laughlin’s phantasmal ruins. But don’t be fooled. These few blocks of moldering
buildings aren’t the French Quarter. Thanks to the writers and artists who have
passed through here, the eternal Quarter exists as a place in the imagination
that imbues these worn bricks and rotting boards with magic. Only occasion-
ally, and at unexpected moments, can you catch bewitching glimpses of the real
Quarter. Lafcadio Hearn, one of the first Quarter rats, got it right long ago when
he compared the neighborhood to “one of those phantom cities of Spanish
America, swallowed up centuries ago by earthquakes, but reappearing at long
intervals to deluded travelers.”
Foreword to French Quarter Fiction: The Newest Stories from America’s Oldest Bohemia
(Light of New Orleans Publishing), used by permission of the author.
                        Scenes of contemporary life in the Quarter: Musician by David Dillard;
                   Girl on stairs by Katie Walenter; Mannequin in window by Mary Fitzpatrick;
                                    Cat in window by Katie Walenter; Molly’s by Katie Walenter;
            Night scene by Katie Walenter; Posing for Jackson Square artist by Mary Fitzpatrick




             You would be amazed at the tax
             benefits of a substantial renovation
             of an historic property!
                            Up to:
             	              • 20%/26% Federal Tax Credits
             	              • 25% State Tax Credits

                                          Call or email for details

                             J. Gregg Collins
                     phone 504.616.7535 • fax 504.838.9555
                            jgreggcollins@msn.com

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   Then&Now Christmas
            New Orleans Style
Collective Memories




                                                                                      1927

   The Original Pierre Maspero’s restaurant at 440 Chartres St., at the corner of St.
Louis Street, has a long and somewhat confused history. Spaniard Don Juan Pail-                Celebrate the holidays during
let constructed the building in 1788. The Paillet family owned this property for 90            Christmas New Orleans Style,
years, although Maspero was the tenant, during which time it served as the Chamber
of Commerce, a hangout for pirate brothers Jean and Pierre Lafitte, the plotting               December 1 - January 6. Visit
ground for Andrew Jackson’s Battle of New Orleans and a general meeting spot for               NewOrleansOnline.com for a
conspiring revolutionaries. The Exchange Coffee House was a general meeting place
for everyone from soldiers, merchants, farmers and judges alike, and certainly if the          full calendar of events.
walls had ears, they’d have heard more than they might’ve cared for.
   The persistent rumor that 440 Chartres St. was also Maspero’s slave exchange,                              NewOrleansOnline.com
however, is incorrect. That notorious auction was held across the street in a now torn-
down building where the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel (and formerly the St. Louis Hotel)
stands today. It is true that the building has a rare architectural detail called an entresol,
which is another floor tucked between the ground floor and the residential quarters NOTM09-51_Ad_4x5.5_v3.indd 1                                                            9/30/09 1:23:57 PM

above. All that is known for sure is that this architectural space was used as storage.
   A later incarnation of the building circa 1890 — more than one hundred years
after its construction — is mentioned in author James Nolan’s “Quarter Rats” essay
as the tobacco shop run by Auguste Glaudot, his great-grandfather, when the family
still lived in the apartments above. This storied building is not the only interesting
property at this intersection: across the street is the Napoleon House, the longstand-
ing bar and restaurant, and on the other corner is the imposing courthouse.
   On June 6, 1929, the Commission Council of New Orleans adopted the city’s first
Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (11,302 CCS). As part of this process, the City
Planning and Zoning Commission conducted a series of public hearings, at which
property owners submitted petitions and photographs regarding the zoning of certain
areas of the city. At the time of the survey, which included this archival photograph,
the building was known as the Court House Grocery.
   Today, the building is an inexpensive Cajun/Creole restaurant where those inter-
ested in history or just a meaty sandwich would feel right at home.



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Archival image courtesy of the Louisiana Division/City Archives, New Orleans Public Library.   Research Center             533 Royal Street
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Research compiled by Katie Walenter.
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                                                                                                                                                  CHRISTMAS TREE
                                                                                                                                                    LIGHTING
                                                                                                                                                      at Washington Artillery Park
                                                                                                          TM AS AT
                                                                                                                   THE                               (across from Jackson Square)
                                                                                                    C HRIS
                                                                                                                           MARKET                                          ...                                            S AT
                                                                                                               FRENCH                                                                                               ISTM A
                                                                                                                                                          Nov 19th, 6pm                                           CHR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        FRENC
                                                                                                4:45 - 5:45 PM               Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Quintet
                                                                                                                             plays classical holiday music
                                                                                                         6:00 PM             Christmas Tree Lighting
                                                                                                                                                                             EHT TA SA M
                                                                                                                                                                         IRH            TS
                                                                                                                             Santa Second Line with New Wave Brass Band C
                                                                                                           6:15 PM                                   TEKRAM HCN
                                                                                                                                                                  ER Alley
                                                                                                                             from Washington Artillery Park to DutchF
                                                                       EHT TA SA M
                                                                                  TSIRH
                                                                                       C       6:30 - 8:00 PM                Cullen Landry and the Midnight
                                                                TEKRAM HCN                                                   Streetcar play at Dutch Alley
                                                                          ERF
                                                                                                                             Performance Pavilion

                                                                                                                             * Pictures with Saint Nicholas, retail
                                                                                                                             specials at French Market stores,
                                                                                                                             holiday cocktails and treats for sale




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                                                           Shop Locally at the Reopened
                                                           French Market
                                                           Text and photos by Katie Walenter


THE FRENCH MARKET, after a four-year renova-               open for business, and more vendors will take their
tion, has reopened and is inviting locals to make it       places in the coming months as the market returns
their regular retail stop. On Oct. 8, the French Market    to its former retail glory. Deborah Harkins, head of
initiated the return of local farmers and their products   the French Market Corporation Board’s Steering
with a weekly Wednesday Farmers Market from 3              Committee, says “the vision was to maintain the
p.m. to 7 p.m., which allows even the nine-to-fivers       historical and cultural integrity of the market while
the chance to buy their seasonal produce, seafood and      bringing it into the 21st century….From the begin-
more from New Orleans’ historic marketplace.               ning [of the planning stages] the Board, architects
   America’s oldest market began as a trading post         and business groups asked ourselves as locals ‘what
for Native Americans on the banks of the Mississippi       would we want from the French Market?’ But it’s an
River, and since the late 1700s it has grown to be a       evolution and will take time.”
commercial retail operation selling everything from           One vendor in particular has been a leader in
local produce, seafood and meat to antiques and flea       returning to the market. French Market Produce
market items. The French Market has always been            opened as the first fresh foods vendor in the spring and
more of a world market promoting the products and          remained open all through the hot summer months
wares of Italian, Spanish, Dutch, German, Chinese,         despite low customer turnout to show their faith and
Creole, Jewish, Irish and African vendors.                 support. Now that the market is officially open, many
   In 1933, the New Deal’s Public Works Admin-             others have joined the array, including the World
istration (PWA) rehabbed the market to include             Famous Nawlins Café and Spice Emporium, which is
new standards of health. During this time, many of         celebrating 70 years as a market vendor, and Loretta’s
the buildings that make up the French Market —             Pralines. The more locals and tourists support the
which covers the land from Café du Monde (across           market, the better able it will be to return to a full-
from Jackson Square) to Barracks Street — were             fledged retail market with a larger range of in-demand
reconstructed by the PWA. The recently completed           products. But only through a commitment from all of
renovations pertain to the two large open-air sheds,       us to shop locally and support our farmers and neigh-
which were new constructions by the PWA, built             bors can the French Market thrive.
in the 1930s on land that once consisted of rows of
historic townhouses along former Gallatin Street.          SHOP LOCALLY is the subject of the Urban Con-
The first of these buildings houses the food market,       servancy’s recently released “Report on Independent
featuring fresh and prepared foods. The second build-      Merchants and the New Orleans Economy,” which
ing houses the flea market goods.                          concluded that “if Orleans Parish consumers…were
                                                           to shift just 10 percent of all retail activity from
NEW HEALTH STANDARDS precipitated 2003                     chains to local merchants, the result [would inject]
plans to renovate the market, just as they had in the      an additional $60 million annually into the local
1930s. The French Market did not meet the sanita-          economy. At the metropolitan level, the same 10
tion requirements for preparing food in an open-air        percent shift would inject $235 million into regional
market and badly needed upgrades. Unfortunately,           economy every year.” This is a strong argument for
with the plans, funds and contractors in place, Hur-       shopping locally because as Ken Ferdinand, execu-
ricane Katrina hit and derailed the project. Despite       tive director of the French Market Corporation, says
the delays and soaring budget, the market is now           “Property tax and retail provides all city revenue….
                                                           Fire, police, schools, transportation, streets, hospitals
                                                           are driven by retail tax dollars.” These social services
                                                           are the indicators people look to when deciding
                                                           whether or not New Orleans is a viable place to
                                                           invest in and call home. Shopping at the French
                                                           Market — and spending our money at other local
                                                           retailers — affects the quality of life for all New
                                                           Orleanians. We cannot ignore this essential aspect of
                                                           our city’s recovery.
                                                              The French Market, however, is more than just a          Clockwise from top left: French Market circa 1910 (courte-
                                                           retail center for fresh and prepared foods, flea market     sy of the Library of Congress); French Market today; vendor
                                                           items, clothing and art. It is a place where culture,       at the World Famous Nawlins Café and Spice Emporium;
                                                           commerce and entertainment converge. The French             Loretta’s Pralines; Brad Collins (right) and colleague from
                                                                                                                       French Market Produce
                                                           Market has been an annual hub for food and music
                                                           festivals, including the Creole Tomato Festival, the
                                                           Seafood Festival, the Satchmo Summerfest and                Vendor spaces are available in the market. Call
                                                           the Cajun/Zydeco Festival, not to mention all the           Deputy Director Patricia Henry at 504.522.2621 to
                                                           holiday festivals. Now the market is hosting Fridays        apply. For details on retailers, restaurants, events
                                                           at the French Market: themed, family friendly parties       and food vendors, visit the French Market’s regularly
                                                           on the last Friday of every month. And that is merely       updated Web site: www.frenchmarket.org.
                                                           the beginning of what is to come now that French
                                                           Market is officially open for business.

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New Orleans on Film


French Quarter Icons
Star in Runaway Jury
By John Magill, Curator/Historian, The Historic New Orleans Collection


THE FRENCH QUARTER is the instantly rec-                      out of scale with the surrounding French Quarter.
ognizable setting for a substantial part of the movie         Perhaps worse to contemplate is the array of buildings
Runaway Jury. There have been few changes to the              torn down to make way for its construction. Not only
Quarter’s urban fabric since the film was released            were ironwork galleries and courtyards lost, but so
in 2003, although there is no doubt that lives have           were two buildings designed by Henry Latrobe, as well
changed all over New Orleans, including in the                as the Royal Street building used by Andrew Jackson
French Quarter, since Hurricane Katrina.                      as his headquarters during the Battle of New Orleans.
   Several of the most recognizable sites in Runaway             The white marble and terracotta courthouse is a lo-
Jury have been iconic to generations of New Orlea-            cal example of the City Beautiful movement and slum
nians. The Napoleon House has stood since 1816                removal. At the start of the 20th century the French             The 400 block of Chartres Street seen here just before its build-
at Chartres and St. Louis streets. Built as a mansion,        Quarter, despite its proximity to Canal Street and               ings were demolished to make way for construction of the new
                                                                                                                               courthouse. (HNOC, Vieux Carré Survey square 39/40)
it has been beautifully restored, although it looks           the business district, had been in physical decline for
essentially unchanged. Through the 20th century               decades and was experiencing a steady fall in property           Ten Eyck Brown’s eight-story Atlanta Fulton County
and beyond — it has been owned by the same family             values. For city boosters the Quarter was deemed little          Courthouse built between 1911 and 1914.
since 1920 — its ground floor uses have ranged from a         better than an embarrassing slum that needed to be                  In 1938 the WPA guide to New Orleans wrote of
grocery store to a restaurant/bar as it is today.             replaced, while Quarter property owners felt that the            the courthouse that “many buildings dating to the
                                                              proposed redevelopment would enhance their own                   Spanish regime were torn down…and the striking
                                                              property values. Those living on the doomed block                contrast the new building creates with the century-
                                                              waged a legal battle to save their holdings, but to no           old houses that surround it makes it stand out as an
                                                              avail. During the summer of 1903 the City of New                 unwelcome intruder in the French Quarter.” Twenty
                                                              Orleans bought up the block’s 41 buildings and tore              years after this statement the building’s future was in
                                                              them down.                                                       question when the State Supreme Court and City
                                                                 A news article of the day lamented that “a solid              Civil Courts along with City Hall moved to new quar-
                                                              block of the old quarter is even now being torn out by           ters in the Civic Center on Loyola Avenue. The Civic
                                                              the roots to let sunlight into dark narrow streets and to        Center was a slum clearance project not unlike the
                                                              permit the building of a new hall of American justice.”          courthouse project in the French Quarter half a cen-
                                                              It concluded that a growing New Orleans flush with               tury earlier — and ironically today parts of the 1950s
                                                              new office buildings and hotels, booming trade and               Civic Center including the Supreme Court Building
                                                              expanded municipal services “has overwhelmed the                 and State Office Building have been pulled down.
                                                              old city until the Latin Quarter remains only an inter-             Starting in 1961, the state-owned building on
                                                              esting historical museum … the building of the new               Royal Street went through several uses. It was home
The new courthouse soon after construction stands in          courthouse marks the end of the old regime.”                     of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries,
contrast to the smaller, closely built structures along the                                                                    but more importantly served as a temporary federal
opposite side of Royal Street. Another Beaux Arts building    THE NEW COURTHOUSE was a joint project
that was built on Royal Street at about the same time and                                                                      courthouse where, as the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
                                                              by the city and state designed to house City Civil
visible in the background was the Monteleone Hotel whose                                                                       — at the time serving the entire Southeast — many
                                                              Courts and the State Supreme Court. It also towered
modern skyscraper style was something city boosters would                                                                      landmark Civil Rights cases were heard. During the
have liked to see more of in the early 20th-century French    above surrounding buildings. Its designers were the
                                                                                                                               early 1960s, a popular campaign was waged to convert
Quarter. (HNOC, Vieux Carré Survey square 39/40)              Atlanta team of Frederic W. Brown, Albert Ten Eyck
                                                                                                                               the old courthouse into an opera house, but fearing
                                                              Brown and P. Thornton Mayre. The courthouse was
                                                                                                                               potential costs and parking problems, the state legisla-
   A few blocks away another Quarter fixture used in          stylish and modern not unlike courthouses being built
                                                                                                                               ture voted down the proposal.
the film is Café Pontalba in the Upper Pontalba build-        in other American cities. There are some striking
ing facing Jackson Square at the corner of St. Peter.         similarities on the Royal Street side of the building to         CALLS TO DEMOLISH the building came from
Built in 1849 and ringed with ornate cast-iron galler-                                                                         different sectors.. When the Royal Orleans Hotel
ies, this was once a row of townhouses that became                                                                             (former site of the St. Louis Hotel, which was torn
rundown, along with much of the rest of the French                                                                             down in 1916) across the street from the courthouse
Quarter in the late-19th century, but was eventually                                                                           was being designed by architects Koch and Wilson
gentrified and divided into apartments with ground-                                                                            about 1960, some of their drawings included demoli-
floor shops. Like the Napoleon House, the Upper                                                                                tion of the courthouse for a park. There were others
Pontalba seems almost unchanged. Both places are                                                                               who proposed a landscaped underground parking
instantly recognizable in Runaway Jury and provide us                                                                          lot — possibly just as intrusive as the building it was
with a sense of continuity that is so much a part of the                                                                       designed to replace.
charm of New Orleans.                                                                                                             By the 1980s, State Supreme Court judges wanted
                                                                                                                               to move out of their cramped quarters in the Civic
ONE OF THE “STARS” of Runaway Jury is the                                                                                      Center and return to Royal Street. Beset by years
Beaux Arts Louisiana State Supreme Courthouse,                                                                                 of wrangling, cost overruns and threats to move the
which fills the whole 400 block of Royal Street.              The Napoleon House was built in 1814 by Nicholas Girod —         Supreme Court to Baton Rouge (Louisiana is the only
To most of the film’s viewers, the massive building           one-time mayor of New Orleans who reportedly offered the         state with its Supreme Court not in the capital city),
must look both judicial and impressive by American            house as refuge for Napoleon Bonaparte. When this image          the French Quarter intruder came back full circle to
courthouse standards, but few might realize that for          was taken about 1910 its ground floor served as Joseph           again house the state’s highest court. Along with the
                                                              Labourdette’s Family Grocery Store. To its right is the 1797
most of the building’s long life — it is now a century                                                                         likes of the Ritz-Carlton (formerly Maison Blanche)
                                                              house built by Claude Girod, brother of Nicholas, while to
old having been completed in 1909 — it was despised           the left across Chartres Street is the ironwork gallery of the   and Roosevelt hotels, the Supreme Court is one of
and vilified by many preservationists and architectural       then-closed former St. Louis Hotel. (HNOC, Vieux Carré           the city’s most expensive restoration projects. The
historians as an ugly, intrusive monstrosity completely       Survey square 27)                                                building might also be considered a French Quarter

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                                               Runaway Jury
                                               By Alex Lemann

icon — it is too big not to be. It does not    LEGALLY SPEAKING,
seem quite so intrusive now, since the         American juries are something
Royal Orleans Hotel is just about as big       of a black box. The law cares
and helps soften the bulk of the court-        very much about what goes in
house. Also, virtually nobody alive can        and, of course, what comes out,
remember the square as it once looked,         but as for what happens inside,
and the courthouse certainly earned its        well, we prefer to remain igno-
keep by playing a leading role in a major      rant. In the 1987 case Tanner
motion picture helping New Orleans             v. United States, the Supreme
look impressive to people around the           Court was presented with an ap-
world who don’t realize how out of scale       peal from a criminal conviction
the building is.                               in which the jurors admitted
   In the 1947 film New Orleans,               that they saw the entire trial
Storyville was cleaned up. Then in             as “a party” and were drunk,
1977, a house that stood in for the            stoned, or high on cocaine for
same Red Light District was depicted           most of it. The Court denied
properly upscale for Pretty Baby. In 1950,     the appeal. Exactly how the jury
                                               arrived at its decision was not
                                               an appropriate subject for them to consider, and “substantial concerns
                                               support the protection of jury deliberations from intrusive inquiry.”
                                                  Hollywood has never felt so circumspect about jury deliberations. In
                                               Runaway Jury (2003), Gene Hackman plays Rankin Fitch, a high-priced
                                               “jury consultant” retained by a gun company desperate to avoid liability
                                               for a workplace shooting. In addition to the usual advice on picking
                                               jurors, Fitch and his henchmen industriously gather dirt on all the jurors,
                                               blackmailing them or driving them into suicidal states of depression
                                               whenever they threaten to tip the jury against him. Meanwhile, Marlee
                                               Brandt (Rachel Weisz), an up and comer in Fitch’s exclusive field, plots
The new courthouse while under construc-
tion about 1908. Its final cost was $1.1       to steal complete control of the jury herself. The ace up Brandt’s sleeve
million, a sizable amount of money for the     is her boyfriend, Nicholas Easter (John Cusack) who has gotten himself
time. (HNOC # 1974.30.2.2ii)                   onto the jury and charmed his way into a place of prominence.
                                                  Unlike most films set in New Orleans, Runaway Jury is not content
the French Quarter looked decid-               to simply offer the occasional establishing shot of the French Quarter
edly rundown without any cinematic             and the Southern accents of its actors as proof of its setting. Someone
assistance to provide the proper mood          intimately familiar with the city must have been involved in writing
for Panic in the Streets. More than half a     the script, as the movie is peppered with local references that lend it a
century later there was no especial need       certain air of authenticity: A juror works at the Circle Foods store, the
to spruce up the Quarter for Runaway           judge mentions a fishing trip to Pascagoula, and the jury is treated to
Jury, since the old neighborhood looked        lunch from Verti Marte. Nicholas Easter works at Esplanade Mall and
tourist office pristine after decades of       lives in the French Quarter, and in one scene he finds one of Fitch’s
gentrification, preservation, and unfortu-     henchmen in his apartment. During the ensuing fight walls are ripped
nately, a few demolitions.                     apart, revealing that they are in fact made of plaster and lath. Easter
   John Magill’s articles about the above      finally drives off the intruder by bludgeoning him over the head with a
mentioned films can be found in recent         bottle of Abita beer. Runaway Jury also expands its visual scope beyond
Preservation in Print issues.                  the more cinematically familiar parts of the city: Marlee Brandt’s apart-
                                               ment is in a house in the 1500 block of Carondelet that was destroyed
                                               by fire two years after the filming; there is a nighttime shot of Easter
                                               walking past the Carrollton streetcar barn; tense negotiations over the
                                               price of the jury are conducted in Spanish Plaza; and Brandt surrepti-
                                               tiously meets Easter Uptown at Holy Name of Jesus Church.
                                                  So while Runaway Jury doesn’t offer a fascinating historical portrait
                                               of the city, it delves more deeply into its location than do most films set
                                               in New Orleans. Unlike Panic in the Streets or A Streetcar Named Desire,
                                               the story could have taken place in any American city with a court-
                                               house, and no themes central to life in Louisiana are explored. (The
                                               book is actually set in Mississippi.) At its heart, Runaway Jury is little
This 1890s view shows ironwork that graced     more than a good legal thriller with a star-studded cast. Despite all that,
buildings along the 400 block of Royal         one feels that the filmmakers resolved to get it right, from the locations
Street. The entire block was demolished        to the props to the script.
about 1905 for construction of the Louisiana
State Supreme Court Building. Visible at the   Photos from top to bottom: The jury was sequestered at the London Lodge Motel, 9301
far left the lethal-looking spiked garde-de-   Airline Drive; Nick Easter lived in the Quarter at 619 Chartres St.; The exterior of Rankin Fitch’s
frise designed to prevent intruders from       lair was shot at 216 Chartres St.; The living room of the Tulane president’s home, 2 Audubon
moving between galleries remains intact        Place, was used as the judge’s chambers. Photos by Averil Oberhelman and Mary Fitzpatrick
on the opposite side of Royal. (HNOC #
1987.186/2)
                                               Thank you to Stephanie Durant, C. Robert Holloway and Elston Howard for location sites.

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                                                                                                                                                                         NEW ORLEANS
On Leaving                                                                                                                                                                 HISTORIC
New Orleans
By Walter Gallas

CENTRIPETAL FORCE, I vaguely
                                                                                                                                                              VIEUX CARRÉ
remember from high school science
class, is that force which tends to
draw things toward the center of
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when I first laid eyes on the place. I
saw Carrollton Avenue, Riverbend
and St. Charles Avenue first, and by
the time I got downtown night had
fallen, and so the Vieux Carré looked
especially exotic and mysterious.
   I would return to the city often in
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if possible. The territory I explored                                                                                                                                                                                                                — Esquire Magazine
                                                                         return to New Orleans. But I did,
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                                                                         of determination to contribute to                                                                                                                                  Lunch & Dinner
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knowing, of course, that almost exact-                                   that experienced so much pain and
ly one year later, Katrina would strike                                  difficulty, but which is as resilient and
the city), was painful and exhilarating                                  unstoppable as ever.
at the same time. I had grown very                                          I will say “See you later,” because
comfortable in this place that allows                                    I have always come back to New
you to be yourself and revels in its                                     Orleans. That centripetal force is
quirks and customs. I had established                                    unrelenting, so I know it’s probably                                                                                                                   Royal Antiques, ltd
my small circle of friends and was                                       not goodbye.
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                                                                         Washington, D.C., with the National
                                                                         Trust. After Hurricane Katrina, he was
                                                                         appointed director of the National Trust
                                                                         New Orleans Field Office headquartered
                                                                         at the PRC. He was recently transferred
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PRC in Action

National Trust Presents Honor Award to Rebuilding Together New Orleans
   Nashville, Tenn. (October 15, 2009) — To-            the assistance of Rebuilding
day, the National Trust for Historic Preservation       Together, homeowners would have
presented its Preservation Honor Award to Re-           remained displaced, and properties
building Together New Orleans, a nonprofit that         throughout the city would have
preserves and renovates houses for low-income,          been demolished. Instead, historic
elderly homeowners in New Orleans. Rebuilding           neighborhoods such as Holy Cross
Together New Orleans works in close partnership         in the Lower Ninth Ward are expe-
with the Preservation Resource Center of New            riencing a steady comeback, provid-
Orleans, which also received honors as a co-re-         ing a model for how a community
cipient. The award was one of 23 bestowed by the        can rebound after a major disaster.
National Trust during its 2009 National Preserva-          “Rebuilding Together New
tion Conference in Nashville, Tenn.                     Orleans is the poster child
   After Hurricane Katrina slammed into New             demonstrating that rehabilitat-
Orleans in 2005, elderly and disabled low-income        ing historic housing is the most




                                                                                                                                                                                                      Photo by Sara Moore
residents of the Crescent City were never more          sustainable way to revitalize a
vulnerable. The storm’s wind and floodwaters            city and its vibrant communi-
had damaged 80 percent of homes citywide, with          ties,” said Richard Moe, presi-
poorer neighborhoods especially hard hit. In the        dent of the National Trust for
midst of despair came hope in the form of a band of     Historic Preservation. “As one of
determined volunteers and staff members who make        America’s most distinctive cities
up the nonprofit community group Rebuilding To-         struggles back from a devastating Sidney Davis stands in front of his Holy Cross home.
gether New Orleans. In just four years, the organiza-   disaster, its most at-risk citizens
tion, in partnership with the Preservation Resource     have found a champion in this
Center of New Orleans, has leveraged volunteer          partnership effort between Rebuilding Together     include citizen attempts to save and maintain im-
labor with public and private sponsorships to make      and the Preservation Resource Center.”             portant landmarks; companies and craftsmen whose
a $7 million impact through the rehabilitation of          The National Preservation Awards are bestowed   work restores the richness of the past; the vision of
217 properties, which has aided 443 residents.          on distinguished individuals, nonprofit organiza-  public officials who support preservation projects
   For the elderly clients of Rebuilding Together,      tions, public agencies and corporations whose      and legislation in their communities; and educators
whose average age is 70 and average annual income       skill and determination have given new meaning     and journalists who help Americans understand the
is $14,500, the challenge of repairing their storm-     to their communities through preservation of our   value of preservation.
damaged homes was almost insurmountable. Without        architectural and cultural heritage. These efforts



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PRC in Action




                                            For
                                                                                                                                                   Under Contract




                                            Sale
                                                                                                                                          5442 Dauphine St.
                                                                                                                                    Move right into this wonderful
                                                                                                                                    renovation by Operation Comeback,
                               Sold                                                                                                 in the historic Holy Cross district
                                                                                              405 St. Maurice St.                   on an expansive 30’ x 159’ lot.
                                                                                        Originally built in the early 1900s,        This is a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom,
                                                                                        this unique renovation designed by          1,556-square-foot converted shotgun
                                                                                        Wayne Troyer can be yours. Enter            double that has retained many of the
                                                                                        through a private courtyard, and with       original architectural features, includ-
                                                                                        a 30’ x 104’ lot you still have a back      ing wood floors, fireplace mantels
                                                                                        yard for entertaining. This two-            and front doors. By preserving these
                                                                                        bedroom, two-bath, 1,200-square-foot        features, you can demonstrate your
                                                                                        home is located in historic Holy Cross      appreciation for the fine craftsman-
                                                                                        and has all the modern conveniences         ship that went into developing this
                                                     1338-40 Arts St.                   of a brand new home, but with the           historic neighborhood. The home can
                                            There is approximately 4,000-square         charm and character of old New              be yours for $186,900.
         500 Lizardi St.                    feet of space in this building, promi-      Orleans. By purchasing this wonder-
Own a piece of history by living in         nently situated on a corner in the          ful renovation, you can be a part of
the first Katrina Cottage built in New      New Marigny neighborhood. With              bringing back our city. 405 St. Mau-
Orleans, by Operation Comeback.             vision and tender loving care this          rice is being offered at $150,000.
Enjoy the sunrise and sunset over           property can be returned to its
the river from your front porch! This       original beauty, and can be used as
home is only steps from the park-           a residence, a business or both since
like levee, and many other New              it contains commercial as well as
Orleans landmarks. Retreat to your          living areas. Many of its shutters and
612-square-foot, 2-bedroom, 1-bath-         other original architectural exterior
room home on a 30’ X 111’ lot, in           features are still intact, and is offered
Historic Holy Cross. All of this can be     at $95,000.
yours for $95,000.



                                                                                              4804 Dauphine St.                              938 Lizardi St.
                                                                                        Imagine moving into a completely            Come home to this wonderfully
                                                                                        renovated 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom             renovated shotgun with off-street
                                                                                        historic home with over 1,500 square        parking and an outer building that
                                                                                        feet of space, right where the Industrial   can be used for storage or as a garage.
                                                                                        Canal meets the “Mighty Mississippi.”       This Arts and Crafts-style shotgun is a
                                                                                        This home sits on a double 62’ x 101’       720-square-foot home with 1 bedroom
                                                                                        lot. Enjoy the beautiful view of the        and 1 bathroom on a 30’ x 114’ lot.
                                                  5204 Burgundy St.                     river, canal and downtown. Watch            Many properties on this block are
                                            This property was renovated through         the sun rise and set at the levee. The      being renovated with the assistance
                                            a partnership with Preservation             house, fondly called the “tree house”       of Preservation Resource Center. This
       6215 Dauphine St.                    Resource Center and the Louisiana           has an interesting story to tell. This is   perfect starter home may have grant
Move into this 1,331-square-foot,           Technical College as a learning site        a must-see! Once you visit, you’ll be       money attached, and it is being of-
two-bedroom, two-bath home that             for the students of LTC’s carpentry         in love! All of this and more is offered    fered at $110,000.
has been rebuilt with many of the           program. It is a 1,162 square-foot,         at $199,000.
materials salvaged from the original        3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home on a
collapsed structure. Sitting on a 30’       32’ x 64’ lot. Much of the original
x 113’ lot, this wonderful reconstruc-      wood flooring was intact and re-
                                                                                              Please contact Lisa Ross at (504) 636-3078 or
tion by Operation Comeback offers           stored, as were as the original front         lross@prcno.org for information on these and other
lots of space to entertain with a back      doors. There is new berber carpet in             exciting historic homes offered by Preservation
porch and a side gallery. Located in        the master bedroom. This property
historic Holy Cross, this house feels
                                                                                         Resource Center. PRC is located at 923 Tchoupitoulas St.
                                            can be a wonderful family home in
like an old home that’s new again. All      historic Holy Cross, and is offered at                 in New Orleans’ Warehouse District.
of this can be yours at $174,500.           $139,500.


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PRC in Action

Operation Comeback sells the
first Katrina Cottage built and
sold in New Orleans, and possi-
bly the entire state of Louisiana,
to Puerto Rican native.


The River
Called Her
Home
By Operation Comeback staff

BOASTING an extraordinary view
of the Central Business District and
the Crescent City Connection, the
Katrina Cottage sits at 500 Lizardi St.
across from the Mississippi River le-
vee, in the Holy Cross neighborhood             500 Lizardi St.                                                                                The Child Within, 2004, mixed media on canvas.
of New Orleans’s Lower Ninth Ward.              throughout the purchasing process.         Master Gardeners of New Orleans,
   New homeowner Omaira Falcon,                 Obtaining financing was more difficult     a rain garden was installed adjacent      JAUNE QUICK-TO-SEE SMITH:
originally from Puerto Rico, previously
lived in Kenner caring for her mother
                                                than expected due to the current state     to the house to absorb rainwater, im-     MADE IN AMERICA
                                                of the economy and the tighter reins       prove on-site storm water collection
and grandmother, who have now both                                                         and retention, and reduce the heat
passed on. Two years ago Omaira sold
                                                lenders have placed on their underwrit-                                              21 October - 23 December
                                                ers when approving mortgages. There        island effect and battle solar gain.      opening reception:
the Kenner home and made her way                were times when Falcon was tempted            “Seeing what the PRC is doing in
to Holy Cross by way of Uptown and                                                                                                   Wed, Oct 21, 6 - 8 pm
                                                to throw in the towel, but credits her     the community made me feel much
Mid-City. She knew she wanted to                realtor, Maude Virela of Latter & Blum,    more comfortable about buying a
live in the city but was growing weary          for encouraging her to act quickly on      home from them.” Falcon says. “The
                                                                                                                                     NEWCOMB ART GALLERY
of looking for a new home. She and              this purchase, after a diligent two-year   river called me home.” She’s now          Tulane University
friend Lynette Hess learned about the           search for the perfect home.               the proud owner of the Katrina Cot-
Katrina Cottage from an article in The                                                                                               504.865.5328
                                                   Marianne Cusato and Miami-based         tage right at the base of the levee.      www.newcombartgallery.tulane.edu
Times-Picayune Saturday magazine                architecture and planning firm Duany
Inside/Out about local Holy Cross resi-         Plater-Zybeck & Co. designed the Ka-
dents who have renovated more than a            trina Cottage for Lowe’s, where all the
dozen of the neighborhood’s properties.         materials can be purchased as a kit.
They decided to see what Holy Cross             The designs incorporate contempo-
had to offer. The timing was great and          rary modifications to traditional shot-
the house was a perfect fit for Falcon,         gun architecture, while still allowing
who fell in love with the neighbor-             the house to fit in with the scale of
hood and the Katrina Cottage’s                  the historic neighborhood. Once
proximity to the levee, saying that             Operation Comeback successfully
the neighborhood gave her the island                                                         Experience A Grand Stay in Downtown Natchez on the River
                                                worked out all the plan modifications
feel of her Puerto Rican home. She              for approval from the Historic District           }}}}}}}}}}}}
officially became the home’s owner on
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                                                Landmarks Commission (HDLC),
Sept. 25, 2009.                                 construction began in October 2008.
   “Working with PRC was great,”                   The house was part of Operation
Falcon says, praising Operation                 Comeback’s Adopt-A-Home project
Comeback Marketing Manager Lisa                 and was sponsored by Christine
Ross for her knowledge and assistance           Miller. The program asks investors
                                                        to commit between $10,000
                                                        and $140,000 for a period of
                                                        18 months toward restoration



                                                                                                                      oliday
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                                                        of a historic home. At the end
                                                        of that time — when the work
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                                                                                                                 H H Tours ....
                                                        property has been sold — in-
                                                        vestors can either redeem their
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                                                                                                                 And So Much More!
                                                        the restoration or building of
                                                        another property.
                                                            This past spring, as part of
                                                        Operation Comeback’s an-
                                                                                                                      E Special Rates Available F
                                                        nual Shotgun House Month,
                                                                                                          vist www.natchezatchristmas.com for event infomation
                                                        the home was host to PRC’s
Pam Bryan, Operation Comeback director, Randy
                                                        first how-to workshop for                               111 N Broadway Natchez MS 39120
Opotowsky, attorney and Operation Comeback      homeowners interested in planting                                  www.natchezgrandhotel.com
committee chair, and new homeowner Omaira       their own rain garden. Overseen by
Falcon sign the act of sale.                    Tammany Baumgarten, president of                                    866.488.0898 601.446.9994
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PRC in Action


New Orleans’ Master Plan
By Theresa Conrad
PRC Advocacy Department

   More than 5,000 citizens have             Some of the master plan’s core
come together to craft the hundreds          goals are:
of pages that will chart the city’s          • Support downtown as the city’s
course for the next twenty years. Now          economic engine
that this yearlong public-participation      • Support programs that nurture
                                               opportunity in neighborhoods
portion of the master plan is coming
to an end, we hope that you took the         • Use zoning to promote jobs and
                                               development — in part by ensuring




                                                                                      Courtesy of http://nolamasterplan.org
time to make your voice heard.                 they will be good neighbors
   The plan has been put through             • Enhance neighborhood livability
several rounds of neighborhood ses-            and character
sions, plus stand-alone meetings on          • Approach preservation as a valued
sustainability and economic opportu-           resource for a living city
nity — a total of more than 20 meet-         • Create a green framework of
ings citywide. During the previous             sustainability and community
three years of intensive post-Katrina        • Enhance New Orleans’ resilience
planning, work done on the Unified             in the face of changing global
New Orleans Plan and through other             weather patterns
processes were also incorporated, and        • Use zoning to help make New
                                               Orleans America’s greenest city                                                dance with the mandates provided         Council expected in early 2010. We
on Sept. 14th the second draft of the
                                             • Invest in the steps that will build                                            by the final master plan. City capital   will let you know when the final hear-
plan was released.
                                               strong partnerships, draw private                                              projects as well as all new develop-     ings are scheduled, and encourage you
                                               and public investment, and                                                     ment, renovations, demolitions and       to watch or attend these discussions
What is the master plan?                       enhance the city’s tax base
                                                                                                                              more will be viewed through the lens     as they will be your last chance to
   Its primary focus is to determine how
                                                                                                                              of this document.                        participate in shaping the document
New Orleans’ development can best be         How will this affect us?                                                            CPC is expected to make their rec-    that will shape our future for the next
guided through progressive zoning to cre-       The City Council, City Planning,
                                                                                                                              ommendation of a final plan on Oct.      two decades.
ate smart, neighborhood-friendly growth.     Historic District Landmarks Com-
It includes everything from industrial                                                                                        27th, with a final decision from City
                                             mission, and every agency involved
development to green space concerns,         in land-use decisions will be required                                             To view the master plan and submit comments or suggestions, visit
and touches every part of the city.          to make their decisions in accor-                                                                         nolamasterplan.com



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                                                                                                                                                  Preservation Resource Center’s
                                                                                                                                                 Annual New York City Fundraiser

                                                                                                                                  “Jazzed in January”
                  THURSDAYS THROUGH THE GATE
                                                                                                                                             Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010
          PRE-K – 4 TOURS                                     Oct 22; Nov 5, 19; Dec 10; Jan 14, 28
                                                                                                                                           Saks Fifth Avenue, New York
          Call to schedule your personal tour.                                                    8:30 -10:00am
                                                                                                                                                               PRC will proudly present the
                                                                                                                                                                2010 CITIZENSHIP AWARD
          GRADES 5 – 12 OPEN HOUSE                                                  October 15; January 21
                                                                                                                                                                   to Saks Fifth Avenue
          If unable to attend, call to schedule your personal tour.                                 4:00 -6:00pm                                       Stephen I. Sadove, chairman of the Board and
                                                                                                                                                    chief executive officer, will be accepting the award.



                         Louise S. McGehee
                                                                                                                                 Saks Fifth Avenue has been a long-time supporter of the PRC and deserves recognition for the
                                                                                                                                   commitment they made to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Their dedication to come
                                                                                                                                 back better than ever with the amazing redesign of the New Orleans store showed their dedi-
                                                                                                                                 cation to the continued economic rebirth of New Orleans. PRC is grateful to Saks for providing
                            SCHOOL · FOUNDED 1912
                                                                                                                                                      hope that rebuilding and revitalization was on its way.
           504-561-1224                   2343 Prytania St. www.mcgeheeschool.com


          Louise S. McGehee School is open to all qualified girls regardless of race, religion, national or ethnic origin.                Join the celebration!
                                                                                                                                                                    Co-chaired by
                                                                                                                                                   Susan Wormser of New Orleans
                                                                                                                                                     Howard Read of New York

                                                                                                                                                     Music will be provided by
                                                                                                                                                      Louisiana jazz musician
                                                                                                                                                     Irvin Mayfield
                                                                                                                                         and the Derek Douget Band

                                                                                                                                                 All proceeds will benefit the PRC’s efforts
                                                                                                                                                            to rebuild New Orleans
                                                                                                                                               For more information, please call 504.581.7032
                                                                                                                                                   or visit our Web site at www.prcno.org


           SIMPLY PUT...BEVOLO, SINCE 1945


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                                      Thank you to our Major Donors
        Annual Major Donor membership support includes gifts to PRC programs, general operations, fundraising events,
          the Operation Comeback Revolving Fund and the Homeowner Assistance and Neighborhood Recovery Fund.

French Colonial                                       Italianate                                      Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Brown
                                                                                                      Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bruno*
                                                                                                                                                       Michael W. Murphy II
                                                                                                                                                       Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Nelson
($50,000 and above)                                   ($5,000 - $9,999)                               Mr. and Mrs. Adolph F. Bynum, Sr.                Mr. and Mrs. Michael T. Oakes*
Avon Foundation                                                                                       Mr. and Mrs. Carlo Capomazza                     Octavia Fund
                                                      A Friend of PRC*                                Mr. and Mrs. John F. Carrere, Jr.*               Mr. and Mrs. J. Marshall Page III*
Chevron                                               Adams & Reese LLP
City of New Orleans – CDBG                                                                            Mr. and Mrs. Tony Carter*                        Ms. Angele M. Parlange
                                                      Mrs. Jack R. Aron*                              Mr. and Mrs. Dick Cashin                         Patrick F. Taylor Foundation*
Entergy Services                                      Bisso Towboat Co., Inc.
Greater New Orleans Foundation                                                                        Mr. Tod Chambers                                 Mr. and Mrs. Richard Presutti
                                                      Daniel and Alicia Bythewood                     Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Chappell III*             Ms. Jonelle Procope
Hearst Magazines                                      Dr. Mark M. Cassidy and Dr. Hosea Doucet*
The Helis Foundation*                                                                                 Mr. and Mrs. William K. Christovich*             Mr. and Mrs. Edmund E. Redd
                                                      Continental Underwriters, Ltd./                 Congregation B’nai Israel                        Mr. and Mrs. Clarke Reed
Home and Garden Television                               Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Brown, Jr.
International Bridge, Tunnel and                                                                      Mr. Richard C. Colton, Jr.                       Julia Reed and John Pearce
                                                      The Craig B. Tate Foundation                    Mr. and Mrs. Don Cornwell                        Renew New Orleans Foundation*
   Turnpike Assoc. Foundation                         Entergy New Orleans, Inc.                       Mr. and Mrs. Valeton J. Dansereau*               Ms. Bryce W. Reveley and Mr. Alan Caspi*
The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation*      Freddie Mac                                     Mr. and Mrs. David Darragh                       Mr. and Mrs. George Reynolds*
Lowe’s                                                Goldring Family Foundation                      Devcon Enterprises                               Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ricchiuti*
MercyCorps                                            The Gumbo Foundation*                           Mrs. Kay L. Dore*                                Mrs. Francoise B. Richardson
Christine A. Miller                                   Gustaf Westfeldt McIlhenny Family Foundation*   Downtown Development District                    Dr. and Mrs. Kearny Q. Robert III
National Basketball Players Foundation, INC.          Harrah’s Casino                                 Mr. Stephen Drucker                              Mr. James A. Robinson
National Trust for Historic Preservation              Iberia Bank                                     Easter Seals of Louisiana                        Mr. and Mrs. James C. Roddy*
New Orleans Saints                                    International Council of Shopping Centers       Karen and Ollie Edmunds                          Rosenthal and Jacobs Foundation Fund*
Order of Malta Hurricane Relief Fund                     Foundation, Inc.                             Ernst & Young LLP                                Ms. Melanie M. Roth*
Qatar Treme Lafitte Renewal Project                   Christel and Keene Kelley*                      Eskew+Dumez+Ripple                               Mr. David Schonfeld
Rebuilding Together, Inc.                             Mr. Paul J. Leaman, Jr.*                        Sara Essex                                       Securities Service Network Inc
The Salvation Army                                    Mr. William McKenna                             Eugenia & Albert Lamar Fund*                     Mrs. William A. Slatten
Sears Holdings                                        Newsweek Budget Travel, Inc.*                   Mr. Thomas B. Favrot*                            Ms. Michele L. Smith and Mr. David Weinberg
Seattle Seahawks Charitable Foundation                Mr. and Mrs. Randy Opotowsky*                   Frances and Calvin Fayard                        Mr. H. Paul St. Martin III
State of Louisiana – Office of Cultural Development   Reily Foods, Inc.                               F.B.T. Film Credit LLC                           Steeg Law Firm, L.L.C.
The Starbucks Foundation                              Mr. Mark A. Ricard*                             Ms. Yolanda Ferrell-Brown                        Ms. Patricia Strachan
United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area           Rubenstein Communications, Inc.                 The Fertel Foundation                            Mrs. Harold H. Stream, Jr.
George Q. Whitney Estate                              Laura and Sonny Shields*                        First Bank & Trust                               Dr. and Mrs. Roger L. Stroud*
                                                      Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Sherrill*                  First National Bank of Commerce                  Dr. and Mrs. Richard L. Strub*

Creole                                                Shields, Mott and Lund, LLP
                                                      Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc.*
                                                                                                      Anjele and Tim Fischer
                                                                                                      Mr. and Mrs. Vaughan Fitzpatrick
                                                                                                                                                       Susan Magrino Agency
                                                                                                                                                       Ms. Mary L. Sweat and Mr. Tom Gault*
($25,000-$49,999)                                     Trinity Episcopal Church, VML                   Mr. Ronald L. Fleming                            Janet and Leonard C. Tallerine*
                                                      Whitney National Bank                           Mrs. Richard Fowler                              Time Inc.
Broadmoor Improvement Association                                                                     Foxtrot Touring Corporation                      Mrs. Catherine B. Tremaine*
Carol M. Jacobsohn Foundation                                                                         Mr. Andrew Fry                                   Mr. and Mrs. and Mrs. William E. Trotter III
Clein/Lemann Esperanza Fund
Fannie Mae
                                                      Second Empire                                   Mrs. Anne B. Gauthier*
                                                                                                      Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Gay, Jr.*
                                                                                                                                                       Mr. John G. Turner and Mr. Jerry G. Fischer*
                                                                                                                                                       Mr. and Mrs. George G. Villere*
                                                      ($2,500 - $4,999)
Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Favrot, Jr.*                                                                       Goldman, Sachs & Co.                             Margie and Sandy Villere
Folgers Coffee Company                                AT&T-New Orleans                                Mr. and Mrs. William J. Goliwas*                 Deborah A. Vinson
Al and Tipper Gore                                                                                    Mr. and Mrs. Mason Granger                       Capt. and Mrs. Paul Vogt
                                                      Muffin and Luis Balart*
Hearst Corporation                                                                                    Mr. and Mrs. John D. Gray*                       Waggonner & Ball Architects*
                                                      Ms. Cathie Black
Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation                                                                Mr. David A. Greenberg*                          The Wailes Family Foundation*
                                                      Cahn Family Foundation*
Procter & Gamble Fund                                                                                 Mrs. JoAnn F. Greenberg*                         Waldemar S. Nelson and Co., Inc.
                                                      Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth A. Carroll*
Reily Foundation*                                                                                     Mr. and Mrs. Parker Griffith*                    Waters, Parkerson & Co., Inc.
                                                      Coaxum Enterprises, Inc.
Richard Meier Foundation                                                                              Mr. and Mrs. James O. Gundlach*                  Dr. and Mrs. David Weill*
                                                      Continental Web Press, Inc.
RosaMary Foundation                                                                                   Hackett Cummins Construction Co., Inc.           Amb. and Mrs. John G. Weinmann
                                                      Sybil M. and D. Blair Favrot Family Fund*       Dr. and Mrs. Stephen W. Hales
Shell Exploration & Production Company                                                                                                                 Mr. and Mrs. Philip B. Weymouth III
                                                      Mr. and Mrs. Walter C. Flower III               Halliburton Employees                            W F Reilly Foundation
Siemens Corporation                                   Katherine and Tony Gelderman*
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals                                                                                 Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Hansel*                  The Wheless Foundation*
                                                      Mr. and Mrs. Jay L. Gershman                    Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hawks                         Mr. and Mrs. Frank Whiteley*
                                                      Give With Liberty                               Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Haynes                         Michael and Robin Wilkinson
Greek Revival                                         Mr. and Mrs. John J. Graham*
                                                      Dr. and Mrs. Scott Habetz
                                                                                                      Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Hecht
                                                                                                      Ms. Caroline Hirsch and Mr. Andrew Fox
                                                                                                                                                       Ms. Grace M. Williamson*
                                                                                                                                                       Mr. and Ms. Louis Wilson
($15,000-$24,999)                                     Mr. Alex T. Hunt, Jr.*                          Mr. and Mrs. Philip N. Hodges                    Yeates & Yeates Architects LLC
                                                      Jones Walker                                    Honeywell Hometown Solutions Employees           Mr. and Mrs. George V. Young*
American Express Company*                             Kanner & Whiteley, LLC*
The Broadmoor Community Development Corp.                                                             Mr. and Mrs. Arthur W. Huguley III*              Youth Development Association
                                                      Linda and Gordon Kolb                           Mr. and Mrs. Clyde H. Jacob III*
Capital One, N.A.                                     Latter & Blum
CHASE Bank                                                                                            The James R. Moffett Family Foundation*          * Indicates a member of President’s Circle
                                                      Liberty Mutual Insurance                        Ms. Trica Jean-Baptiste
Commonwealth Business Media                           Mignon Faget Ltd.                               Mr. Thomas Jeffris*
Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation                     National Alliance of Preservation Commissions   Jensen Builders, Inc.
Eugenie and Joseph Jones Family Foundation
Popular Mechanics
                                                      Ms. Ann Nichols*
                                                      Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Reily*
                                                                                                      Juliet Home Furnishings*
                                                                                                      Mrs. Amanda Jones
                                                                                                                                                         A true FRIEND of the PRC
Time Warner, Inc.
Union for Reform Judaism
                                                      Patty and Doug Sacks                            KFK Group                                          Mention your PRC membership
                                                      Henry and Peggy Schleiff                        Mr. and Mrs. Sanford B. Kaynor
                                                      Susan Thomson-Rutland*                          Mr. David J. Kipin                                        while shopping!
Gothic Revival                                        Ms. Gail Wall
                                                      Ms. Tina Freeman and Mr. Philip Woollam*
                                                                                                      Knights of Pythias
                                                                                                      Mr. and Mrs. Herman S. Kohlmeyer, Jr                    Friend & Company
($10,000 - $14,999)                                                                                   Mr. and Mrs. David Kreinik
                                                                                                      Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence E. Kurzius*                      will donate 10 percent
Amica Mutual Insurance Company
BACCO
                                                      Landmark                                        Mr. Dan A. Kusnetz
                                                                                                      Landis Construction Company LLC                     of your total purchase price
                                                      ($1,000 - $2,499)
Belle Alliance Plantation                                                                             Mr. and Mrs. Merritt Lane III
Ms. Iris Brooks                                       A Friend of PRC                                 LaPorte, Sehrt, Romig & Hand                                 to the PRC.
Dr. Allen Calabresi & Dr. Rebecca Lillis              Mr. and Mrs. Herschel L. Abbott, Jr.            Mr. and Mrs. Dennis P. Lauscha*
Mrs. John D. Guthrie*                                 Rep. and Mrs. Neil C. Abramson                  Mr. Brian E. Lawlor and Ms. Eleanor DeCoursey*
Habitat for Humanity International                    American College of Obstetricians & Gynecolo-   Mr. & Mrs. J. Thomas Lewis Fund*
Important Gifts, Inc.                                 gists                                           Liberty Bank & Trust Co.
Jerome S. & Grace H. Murray Foundation                Ms. Jimi K. Andersen*                           Lifetime Entertainment Services
Jesuit High School                                    Mr. and Mrs. John Argenti                       Dr. and Mrs. E. R. Lupin
Junior League of New Orleans                          Azby Fund*                                      M. Carbine Restorations, Ltd.
Mr. Kevin M. Kelly*                                   Bahl & Gaynor                                   Mrs. Paula L. Maher*
Mrs. Lois H. Lazaro*                                  Mr. and Mrs. F. McNaughton Ball, Jr.*           Manafort Family Foundation
Dr. R. Dale LeBlanc and Mr. Hal Williamson*           Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Bell                    Marrero Land & Improvement Assoc., Ltd*
Ms. Willa Lewis and Mr. Edward Moulin*                Mr. and Mrs. E. V. Benjamin III                 Mr. and Mrs. John F. Marshall*
Mary E. Peters and Robert W. Polchow                  Mr. and Mrs. Napoleon Benoit                    Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Mazur*                        7713 Maple Street ∙
   Foundation                                         Mr. and Mrs. Ben Benton*                        Mr. and Mrs. John M. McCollam*
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Mislove                          Mr. and Mrs. John Bertuzzi                      Metro Disposal                                      New Orleans, LA 70118
Saks Fifth Avenue                                     Mr. Kelsey Biggers                              Miami Corporation*
Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey P. Snodgrass*                   Ms. Betty K. Bird*                              Mrs. Avis O. Moore*                                   (504) 866-5433 ∙
Lizzie and Jonathon Tisch                             Janie & Elbert Blackmon                         Mr. and Mrs. James J. Morse, Sr.
                                                      Ms. Jean M. Bragg*                              Morgan Stanley                                    www.friendandcompany.com
                                                      Bremermann Designs                              Mr. and Mrs. Clarkson P. Moseley*
                                                      Mr. and Mrs. Ralph O. Brennan*                  Mr. and Mrs. Grover E. Mouton III

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Legends



Mr. Bellevue’s Lighthouse
By Constance Adler
Photos courtesy of the Louisiana Division/City Archives,
  New Orleans Public Library


ALBERT BELLEVUE celebrated his                “Milneburg Lighthouse” because it
90th birthday this past April. For the        stood near the lakeshore community
91st anniversary of his debut into the        of Milneburg.
world, he’d like to see a long-cher-             Really it should be called, “Mr. Bel-
ished dream realized. There is a crum-        levue’s Lighthouse,” because no one
bling brick lighthouse that means a           cares about this landmark more than
great deal to him. He was born almost         Albert Bellevue. He was born in one
literally in its shadow. His dearest          of the houses on the water, built by
wish now is to see this landmark of           his grandfather partly with wood sal-
his childhood on Lake Pontchartrain           vaged after the 1915 hurricane. Pieces
                                                                                           When the levee board filled in a portion of Lake Pontchartrain in 1929, the Milneburg Light-
restored to its original state.               of ships’ masts held up the porch. The       house became landlocked and obsolete. It is now fenced off and in disrepair, a testament to
   “I guess I’ve fallen in love with the      house lacked electricity and plumb-          the community no longer there.
place somehow, and I want something           ing. His family collected rainwater in
done about it,” he says. “I feel so           a cistern for drinking. When the train
                                                                                           stake out a place along the wall at the         with the money to save it. The Univer-
sad about it being neglected. I could         called Smokey Mary arrived from the
                                                                                           edge of the water by setting down a             sity of New Orleans owns the land. The
almost be in tears.”                          French Market on Tuesday and Thurs-
                                                                                           lantern, creating a long curving chain          UNO Foundation, a separate entity,
   Today the lighthouse stands behind         day, folks from Bellevue’s community
                                                                                           of lights in the dusk. As soon as it            leases the land for its Research and
the levee along the shore of Lake             would show up at the train tracks to
                                                                                           got dark, all you had to do was drop            Technology Park and plans to develop
Pontchartrain where Elysian Fields            collect the excess water from Mary’s
                                                                                           a net in the water and the shrimp               a hotel on the site in 2011. Amy Gray,
Avenue meets the University of                boiler to wash their laundry.
                                                                                           practically jumped in. “The lake was            the project manager for the develop-
New Orleans Research and Tech-                   Although Bellevue came into life
                                                                                           plentiful then.”                                ment, says the UNO Foundation will
nology Park. Built first in 1839 and          with the lake clapping at the feet of
                                                                                              At a certain point, the Bellevue             incorporate the lighthouse into the
then rebuilt in 1855, the lighthouse          his mother’s bed and spent his first six
                                                                                           family moved inland just a few blocks           design for the hotel. She adds, “We do
originally stood a half-mile out into         years surrounded by water, somehow
                                                                                           to a home not far from the lighthouse.          want to make sure the lighthouse is still
deep water near the end of a wharf            he never learned to swim. He and his
                                                                                           He made friends with the son of the             intact and standing.”
and lit the way for passenger boats           brother sometimes stood in the shallow
                                                                                           lighthouse caretaker and so occa-                  Gray believes that the U.S. Coast
from Madisonville to arrive at Port           waves, splashing themselves to cool off
                                                                                           sionally visited their cottage. For as          Guard is responsible for maintaining
Pontchartrain. In 1929, the Levee             in summer. “Once I accidentally fell in
                                                                                           long as he could remember, all the              the lighthouse. The Coast Guard’s Web
Board filled in a portion of the lake to      the lake, and I couldn’t touch bottom.
                                                                                           successive caretakers were widows. No           site states that the University of New
                                                                                           one knew why, except that perhaps               Orleans owns the lighthouse. Former
                                                                                           lighthouse keeping seemed the right             UNO Chancellor Gregory O’Brien had
                                                                                           job for a lonely woman.                         promised to preserve it. Current UNO
                                                                                              The Army and World War II took               Vice Chancellor for Campus Services
                                                                                           Bellevue out of New Orleans for                 Joel Chatelain says the plan now is for
                                                                                           a time, and he received his degree              the yet-to-be-determined hotel devel-
                                                                                           from the American Academy of                    oper to restore the lighthouse. “That all
                                                                                           Art in Chicago, courtesy of the G.I.            depends on getting the contract worked
                                                                                           Bill. Eventually, he returned to New            out,” he says.
                                                                                           Orleans and worked as an advertis-                 Meanwhile the lonely lighthouse is
                                                                                           ing illustrator. This last part is pretty       fenced off and looking shabbier with
                                                                                           impressive, considering that he has             each passing season. Albert Bellevue
                                                                                           been nearly blind in his right eye              expects better.
                                                                                           since birth. “My doctor said maybe
                                                                                           the midwife dropped the forceps in
                                                                                           my eye,” he says.
                                                                                              Today Bellevue has collected a
                                                                                           thick pile of manila folders, bristling
                                                                                           with paper clips, yellowing newspaper
                                                                                           articles, historical research and his
                                                                                           own prodigious correspondence on
Milneburg, located in the area along Lake Pontchartrain where UNO is now, was character-
ized by stilt houses built over the water.                                                 behalf of his beloved lighthouse. He
                                                                                           has even created a diorama in the
extend the shoreline outward, which           So I scrambled around until my foot          front window of his apartment to
left the lighthouse landlocked and            hit the rock and I pulled myself out. It     display photos and information about
obsolete. Before the landfill, there was      was a miracle I didn’t drown.”               the lighthouse. This piece of history
                                                                                                                                                                                          Photo by Averil Oberhelman




a community of homes, sometimes                  The lake was a source of income,          may not crumble into nothingness as
called “fishing camps,” that stood            not recreation. The boys sold baskets        long as the indefatigable Albert Bel-
on stilts over the water between the          of soft shell crabs to vendors along         levue is on the case.
lighthouse and the shore.                     the shore. The Depression-era price             In his efforts to bring attention to the
   The Coast Guard identifies this            was 50 cents for 10 crabs. Bellevue          plight of his lighthouse, Bellevue has
tower as the “Port Pontchartrain              recalls that on the nights when the          found that it’s hard to nail down who
Lighthouse.” Others refer to it as the        shrimp were running, everyone would          will claim the lighthouse and step up           Albert Bellevue

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People Welcome, Squirrels Not
By Mary Fitzpatrick
Photos by Jim Atwood
IN THE HEART of the Garden District, the once ubiquitous New Orleans cor-
ner stores are now zoned residential. A rare exception is the corner of Washington
Avenue and Coliseum Street, where Joanne and John Curran just opened the
Garden District Gallery.
   Corner stores are so beloved in New Orleans that there is now an overlay dis-
trict allowing the ground floor of some former corner stores to be returned to use
as low-impact commercial spaces. However, the corner building at 1332 Wash-                                              Sumptuous.
ington Ave. has an unbroken history of shopkeepers. For 20 years, until his death
in 2008, Joey Bonhage lived, worked and sold his metal botanical sculpture there.
Before that, the building was Monroe and Nash Paint and Wallpaper.
   “Andy Nash and I opened the store after Betsy in ’59 or ’60,” says Dave Mon-
roe, who sold fine wallpapers and mixed the paint by hand for decorators. “Before                                               exclusively at
we bought it, the place was Brass Menagerie [now on Magazine Street] and before
that it was Alaimo’s grocery. Mrs. Alaimo said that Mr. Commander used to have
a shop there and sold oysters and coal by the bag before he opened his restaurant                                       The Linen Registry
across the street, but I’m not sure about that.” The Alaimo family also owned a
                                                                                                                            The World’s Finest Linens
corner grocery at Coliseum and Eighth streets, now apartments.
                                                                                                                               NEW
   Neighbors traditionally use corner stores for more than just picking up a carton                                                   ORLEANS
of milk or a $2,000 botanical sculpture. These corners have always been neutral
places where neighbors pop in and exchange news, and for the 20 years that Joey           204 Metairie Road • Metairie, LA 70005 • 504 . 831. 8228 • Monday through Saturday 10am to 5 pm
Bonhage ran his gallery, that was the case. “There was music playing, and we’d
take a glass of wine down there in the evenings and run into lots of people,” says
Joanne Curran. Gallery director Patti Adams, an artist and flutist for the sym-
phony who lives around the corner, and the Currans hope their gallery will also
                                                                                                        Garden District
be a place people stop in to look at the rotating shows and talk with neighbors
and visitors. What they are not planning to reopen is Bonhage’s mission inn for                          G a l l e r y
every squirrel and pigeon that wants a few nuts and a place to perch. “Joey kept
a garbage can full of peanuts, and they just walked right into the shop and up the
stairs to the can. There were shells all over the floors,” says John Curran.
   To prepare the dusty space for the new gallery, the Currans had two objectives:           Joanne and John Curren, Owners • Patti Adams, Artistic Director
open (by appointment only) June 25 so the building wouldn’t lose its non-con-
forming use, and bring light back into the dark confines. Construction manager
Angel Zelaya removed six dumpsters of “stuff” and hacked through the overgrown
vegetation hiding the building. A warren of small rooms in the back became one
large space for classes and workshops; the shelves blocking the windows in the
second room were removed and the shutters thrown open; the aubergine exterior
was repainted a soft cream, which made the long-armed lanterns around the
building pop out; the interior was painted white; a front window was enlarged
and a transom was added to match its mate a few feet down; and the enclosed side
gallery was opened. The front room — which building expert Willie White thinks
was probably added later to what he believes is a circa-1870s wooden structure
                                           — is paved and faux painted by Adams,
                                           who helped pay for college by faux paint-
                                           ing in West Palm Beach in the early ’70s.
                                              “I dream of sitting in the front room
                                           when the gallery is quiet — with the
                                           northern light, which artists call light
                                                                                            Located in the heart of the historic Garden District, the city’s newest
                                           from God because it is so good to work          fine art gallery features work of local, regional and national artists in
                                           by — and painting the trees through the                            monthly invitational exhibitions.
                                           large window,” says Adams.
                                                                                            Offering a variety of workshops in painting, drawing and calligraphy.
                                              Her chances of finding a quiet mo-
                                           ment might be difficult. Since Sept. 26
                                           when the gallery opened its inaugural           1332 Washington Avenue                        •    New Orleans, Louisiana
                                           group invitational exhibition The Garden
                                           District - En Plein Air, it has been buzzing                       Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 7 pm
                                           with visitors from out of town and locals                                         504-891-3032
                                           stopping by to view the show and catch                           www.gardendistrictgallery.com
                                           up on the news.
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Gracious Living in the
Lower Garden District
By Jennifer Brammell                                                                                                CURRENT LISTINGS
                                                                                                                   6161 Loyola          $1,060,000
ST. ANNA’S RESIDENCE has                    changed to St. Anna’s Asylum for the
                                                                                                                   1472 State           $1,000,000
spanned nearly a full block in the          Relief of Destitute Females and Their
Lower Garden District for more than         Helpless Children of All Religious                                     4142 Vendome           $725,000
150 years. Its rich history goes back       Denominations. Contributions                                           2227 Chestnut          $550,000
to Feb. 11, 1850, when a group of           continued to be received from many                                     19 Stilt               $475,000
Christian women formed The Society          sources, including the Louisiana State                                 840 Tchoupitoulas #215 $429,000
for the Relief of Destitute Females and     Legislature. On his death, Dr. Mercer                                  3132 Calhoun           $400,000
Their Helpless Children. Members of         bequeathed additional valuable real                                    1209 Fourth            $375,000
a sewing circle at First Presbyterian       estate to St. Anna’s. Due to the efforts                               4141 State             $372,000
Church, they became concerned in            of a dedicated board of directors and                                  201 Harrison           $335,000
1847 when a Yellow Fever epidemic left      loyal supporters, St. Anna’s continues                                 203 Harrison           $335,000
many widows, orphans and dependent          to provide care to the elderly in an                                   729 Valence            $335,000
women abandoned. The society’s              elegant home under its present name,                                   5536 Dayna             $325,000
purpose was to “establish a home in         St. Anna’s Residence.                                                  4133 Vincennes         $295,000
which food, clothing and shelter will          In the spring of 2009, St. Anna’s                                   333 Julia #206         $289,000
be given, together with employment,         completed the first phase of a renova-                                 6120 Catina            $275,000
which will ensure a degree of inde-         tion to the Prytania Street side of the                                2911 Ponce de Leon     $250,000
pendence — a place where even a             building. Completely renovated private                                 1922 Cadiz             $199,000
respectable or refined woman may be         rooms were enlarged with private baths                                 5627 Pratt              $65,000
saved from the pangs of physical want       added. Large, airy spaces enhance
and suffering without incurring the loss    the gracious ambiance of beautifully
of self-respect.”                           appointed rooms with original arched                 8601 Leake Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118
   In 1852, Mrs. James Robb donated a       windows, shutters and antique furniture.             Uptown Office: 862-0100 Cell: 460-6340
statue of a Greek slave for the benefit     Blitch Knevel Architects was chosen to
                                                                                                       INDEPENDENTLY OWNED & OPERATED
of the society. Its sale raised $2,253,     plan the renovations due to the firm’s
a significant sum then. At about the        experience with senior living remodels.
same time, the singer Jenny Lind            Great care was taken to increase the
contributed $500, as did Dr. William        functionality of the space — the added
N. Mercer who went on to become the         private bathrooms in particular — while
institution’s most generous benefac-        still retaining a feeling of home with
tor. In 1853, the estate of Judah Touro     details such as sconce lighting. Nurses’                                     A Skilled Nursing Home
bestowed $5,000 on the society.             stations were also reconfigured to look                                       in the Garden District
   Dr. Mercer, a surgeon in the U.S.        like home offices, taking special care so                                           since 1850
Army, had lived in New Orleans              that wheelchair-bound residents can
since 1817. He was later transferred to     easily approach the nurse on duty. A                                               Excellent
Natchez, Miss., where in 1823 he met        second phase of similar construction is                                              Care
and married Anna Eliza Farar, a young       in the planning stages for the Felicity
woman “of great wealth and a devout         Street wing of the building.
member of the Episcopal Church.”               St. Anna’s is moving forward with                                                Historic
She and two of their children died 16       improvements while continuing to hold                                               Charm
years later, leaving the doctor and one     fast to its founding principles, which
frail daughter named Anna behind. Dr.       include providing a superior haven for                                             Gracious
Mercer and Anna moved back to New           the elderly. The nonprofit, non-denom-
Orleans where she died of tuberculosis      inational, private-pay, skilled nursing
                                                                                                                                Living
at the age of 19. In her memory, Dr.        home for both men and women offers its
Mercer donated $25,000 to erect a           residents a gracious setting with a decid-                                      Full Activities
building for the society as well as a       edly non-institutional feel in the center                                         Program
lot on which to build it. Under a new       of historic New Orleans.
charter, the name of the society was




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                                                                                             1823 Prytania St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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Join PRC’s email discussion group preserveneworleans to get answers to                                                                             Out There
                                                                                                                                                   FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF made
your questions. Visit www.prcno.org, click on resources, discussion groups.                                                                        famous a mid-century glass home that
                                                                                                                                                   was recently named as one of the Chicago
                                                                                                                                                   area’s most endangered places. Remem-
My Problem and How I Solved It                                                                                                                     ber the red Ferrari crashing through the
                                                                                                                                                   glass wall into a deep ravine? The home,




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                                                                                                                                                   designed by A. James Speyer in the early
                  Our contractor suggested painting our cleaned                                                                                    1950s, is on the market for $2.3 million.
                                                                                                                                                   It is currently at risk of being torn down,
                  patio bricks with a clear, non-yellowing urethane                                                                                Landmark Illinois officials told the Chicago
                  to prevent the regrowth of plants, moss and                                                                                      Tribune, as numerous inquiries have been



&
                  mildew and to add to the longevity of the bricks                                                                                 made regarding the possibility of demol-
                                                                                                                                                   ishing the home to split the lot.




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                  and mortar, both of which are of fairly soft
                                                                                                                                                   “WE DON’T CALL IT SLOWNOMA FOR
                  composition. Has anyone tried this?                                                                                              NOTHING,” said Sonoma Mayor Ken
                          — Question posed by Patty Andrews to PRC’s preserveneworleans discussion group                                           Brown to the Sonoma, Ca. News. The Sono-
                                                                                                                                                   ma City Council recently approved an appli-
                                                                                                                                                   cation to Cittáslow International Network,
YOUR CONTRACTOR just gave you a                  the D/2 Masonry Solution by Cathedral           National Historic Park also worked with           making Sonoma the first U.S. city to be
prescription for the disfigurement, if not the   Stone Products. It’s non-toxic to animals       Cathedral Stone to remove biological              designated “slow.” An outgrowth of the slow
destruction, of your brick pavers, answered      and humans and is easy to use — spray           growth from a brick alleyway and wooden           food movement, Cittáslow is an Italian term
Ocean Springs architect Cooper W.                on and let it do its thing. Kills the plant     fence. D/2 loosens most fungal and algal          for the slow city movement. “Slow Cities
Norman. Those soft brick units and mortar        materials in minutes. Left in place, all        deposits, lasts five times longer than bleach,    are supposed to have populations smaller
have been allowing moisture to evaporate         traces should be gone in a few weeks and in     peroxide or power-washing, and keeps              than 50,000, and many commit to reducing
up through the surface for years, of course      my experience don’t return for a couple of      surfaces growth-free for at least one year.       motorized traffic, banning car alarms and
supplying moisture for moss and other            years. All, without changing the moisture          In New Orleans Durable Slate uses the          promoting local, traditional foods, wines
biologic infestations. The suggested attempt     transmitting characteristics or appearance of   product to clean patios; call John Chan           and crafts.” There are now about 100 slow
to block that moisture is like putting your      the pavers.                                     at 504.899.8422. To order from Cathedral          cities in 14 countries, most in Italy. Goals of
finger in the dyke and is doomed to fail. You       Norman’s advice was reinforced by the        Stone call Kathleen Lawlor at 800.684.0901        the “slow city” movement include historic
                                                                                                                                                   preservation, organic agriculture, banning
can never win against a foe like that.           facility manager of the U.S. Naval History      or email info@cathedralstone.com. For free
                                                                                                                                                   genetically modified foods and developing
   Norman goes on to write: A good cleaner       and Heritage Command. According to              product samples while they last, visit PRC,
                                                                                                                                                   alternative energy supplies.
would rid you of the plant growth — I like       www.cathedralstone.com, Harper’s Ferry          923 Tchoupitoulas St.
                                                                                                                                                   BILKING THE NAVAJO NATION is
                                                                                                                                                   clearly unacceptable, and this past summer
 LandMarketing                                                 Brown-Villere House For Sale
                                                               This Richardsonian Romanesque Revival landmark (designed
                                                                                                                                                   federal officials busted 26 people involved
                                                                                                                                                   in what is now the country’s largest South-
                                                                                                                                                   western artifact looting. The investigation,
                                                               by Favrot & Livaudais in 1905) is probably the largest home on
                                                                                                                                                   which took over two years, has resulted in
                                                               St. Charles Avenue, with 15,000-square feet on three floors. Mr.                    the rescue of more than seven truckloads
                                                               and Mrs. George Villere, working with architect Leonard Salvato                     of artifacts, all stolen from public lands in
                                                               and landscape designer René Fransen, completely renovated the                       clear violation of national archaeological
                                                               villa and its extensive grounds in 1986. The light-filled open                      laws. Where these artifacts will end up is
                                                               plan features a reception hall, baronial marble fireplace, music                    uncertain. Currently housed in climate-
                                                               room, library, dining room and more separated by ornate plastered                   controlled storage in Salt Lake City, the
                                                               archways and pocket doors. The home was built by William Perry                      artifacts range from fragile woven sandals
                                                               Brown, who twice cornered the cotton market, and was later                          to large grain pounding boulders. If sacred
                                                               owned by William Gibbens and his wife Florida, who qualified                        or ceremonial artifacts are returned to the
                                                                                                                                                   Navajo Nation, historic preservationists
                                                               for the 1936 Berlin Olympics but missed the boat to Europe.
                                                                                                                                                   hope to give them to a tribal member who
                                                               $8,000,000. Contact Eleanor Farnsworth 504.891.1142.                                will use them in ceremonies.
                                                                                                                                                   A NATIONAL PARKING GARAGE MU-

Shop on Tchoup at the PRC                                                                                                                          SEUM is truly far-fetched, but this fall the
                                                                                                                                                   National Building Museum in Washington,
                                                                                                                                                   D.C., will debut a new exhibit House of Cars:
                                                                                                                                                   Innovation and the Parking Garage. The ex-
                                                                                                                                                   hibit will feature the history and engineering
                                                                                                                                                   behind the development of parking garages:
                                                                                                                                                   from the first garages in the early 20th
                                                                                                                                                   century to the 1950s experimental hoist
                                                                                                                                                   systems. The exhibit will also feature replicas
                                                                                                                                                   of structural components and explore how
                                                                                                                                                   parking garages have been conveyed in
                                                                                                                                                   popular culture of the years.
                                                                                                                                                   ASPHALT FRAPPUCCINO is a new idea
                                                                                                 Brandi Couvillion’s artwork wrenches              in San Francisco. City planners were explor-
Only 500 copies remain of New Orleans:            French Quarter electrician and artist John     fragments of past eras from the ground and        ing ways to make two dangerous Market
                                                 Robert Portman combines photographic            reassembles them into compositions evok-          Street intersections safer for pedestrians
Life in an Epic City by Mary Fitzpatrick.
                                                                                                                                                   and cyclists by tinting them. After studying
100 percent of cost goes to PRC. Give            transfers with reclaimed antique New            ing the decaying grandeur and melancholy
                                                                                                                                                   color charts and traffic codes, according
a book (and a PRC membership) to all             Orleans windows, backlighting the art with      of the city she yearns for. Her rotating selec-   to the San Francisco Chronicle, they opted
your friends this holiday season. $20/           a hand-built lightbox to create an illumi-      tion of pieces, including this key necklace       for beige, or as Municipal Transportation
members $25/non-members                          nated piece of the city. Starting at $650.      and objets d’art, starts at $35.                  Agency planner Timothy Papandreou calls
                                                                                                                                                   it, “organic fair-trade Frappuccino.”
  Visit 923 Tchoupitoulas St. to view these and other unique items for sale at PRC or call 504.581.7032 for details.
                                         Some items available at prcno.org.                                                                                          –compiled by Lisa Lynde
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Kiosk                                 by Katie Walenter


                                                          New Orleans                                            Ninth Ward and features fresh produce, live
                                                                                                                 music, community resources, health screenings,
                                                                                                                                                                       8 a.m. to noon. For dates, times and locations
                                                                                                                                                                       of the many markets affiliated with the Down-
                                                                                                                 crafts for sale and more. The market is located       town Neighborhood Market Consortium, call
                                                          Bourbon Street House
                                                                                                                 at the corner of Caffin Street and St. Claude         504.482.5722 or visit www.dnmc.org.
                                                          & Garden Tour
PRC                                                       Sunday, Nov. 1
                                                          The Treasures of Bourbon Street House and
                                                                                                                 Avenue from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 504.232.3239
                                                                                                                 or visit www.sankofamarketplace.org for details.

Rebuilding Together’s Local Build                         Garden Tour features four houses and one               Tulane School of Architecture                         Louisiana
Saturday, Nov. 7                                          courtyard open for public viewing from 1 p.m.          Conference                                            Main to Main Events
Rebuilding Together holds a volunteer day
                                                          to 5 p.m. Call 504.524.3621 for details.               Saturday, Nov. 14                                     November 2009
                                                                                                                 Tulane School of Architecture holds the “Tulane
open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.               Friends of Longue View                                                                                       Experience authentic Louisiana heritage,
                                                                                                                 Continuing Education Conference: Issues and
Contact Volunteer Coordinator Alyssa Proven-              Design Symposium                                                                                             music, art and crafts, food and much more
                                                                                                                 Case Studies in Sustainable Design” from 8 a.m.
cio at 504.636.3076 or aprovencio@prcno.org               Tuesday-Wednesday, Nov. 3-4                            to 5:30 p.m. at the Lavin-Bernick Center, Stibbs
                                                                                                                                                                       during a month-long extravaganza of festivals
for details.                                              Designer Alexa Hampton will be the featured                                                                  and special events in November. Louisiana
                                                                                                                 Room, at Tulane. Open to the public. For details
                                                          speaker at the Essence of Style Design Sympo-                                                                Main Street and designated Main Street Com-
Homebuyers’ Workshop                                                                                             and to register visit http://architecture.tulane.
                                                          sium presented by the Friends of Longue Vue. On                                                              munities throughout the state host the annual
                                                                                                                 edu/events/conferences/744 or call 504.309.6771.
Tuesday, Nov. 10                                          Nov. 3, a patron reception at the home of Joseph                                                             “Louisiana Main to Main: A Cultural Road
The workshop’s theme is “Tax Credits and                  and Sue Ellen Canizaro, designed by Hampton            Brownfields Conference                                Show” to collectively showcase our culture,
Money-Saving Opportunities for Your Historic              will allow guests to mingle with the designer. On      Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 16-18                          commerce, history, and our abundance of cre-
Home.” Alison F. Saunders, tax incentives                 Nov. 4, Hampton will present a lecture, “Decades       Brownfields 2009, the nation’s most compre-           ative and natural assets, and encourages road
director for the Louisiana Division of Historic           of Design at Mark Hampton LLC,” about the              hensive conference focused on cleaning up and         trips from one Main Street community to the
Preservation, will share information about tax            company that her father founded and that she           redeveloping abandoned, underutilized and             next. For details and dates, visit http://www.
incentives available to help property owners              now heads, at a luncheon at the Metairie Coun-         potentially contaminated properties, will show-       crt.state.la.us/maintomain/index_flash.aspx
restore historic properties. Bridget Joseph, pro-         try Club. Afterwards, dessert, wine and coffee will    case several sites in the New Orleans metro area
gram consultant for CLEAResult will discuss               be served at Longue Vue House and Gardens. For
                                                                                                                                                                       Atchafalaya Culinary &
                                                                                                                 during the annual event at the Morial Conven-
Entergy New Orleans’ Efficiency Programs to               details, contact Jen Gick at 504.488.5488, ext. 320,
                                                                                                                                                                       Arts Festival
                                                                                                                 tion Center. Five mobile workshops will highlight
help property owners save money on their                  or email jgick@longuevue.com.                                                                                Friday, Nov. 13
                                                                                                                 local environmental cleanup and redevelopment
                                                                                                                                                                       Area chefs compete in a cook-off and local art-
utility bills. Plus, properties for sale. 6 p.m. to                                                              efforts underway in the region. Visit www.brown-
7:30 p.m. PRC, 923 Tchoupitoulas St., free and
                                                          Freret Market                                                                                                ists display their work. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Visit
                                                                                                                 fields2009.org for details and to register.
open to the public. Contact Suzanne Blaum at              Saturday, Nov. 7                                                                                             www.cajuncoast.com for details.
504.636.3399 or sblaum@prcno.org.                         The Freret Market takes place on the first             Words & Music Festival                                Art Gumbo Market
                                                          Saturday of every month from noon to 5 p.m.            Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 19-22                           Saturday, Nov. 21
Homebuyer Training Workshops                              at the corner of Freret and Napoleon. The              Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society presents its
                                                          combination farmers/art/flea market features                                                                 Houmas House Plantation hosts a market
                                                                                                                 annual Words & Music Festival featuring star
Monday-Thursday, Nov. 16-19                               100 vendors selling unique products, live                                                                    every third Saturday of the month featuring
                                                                                                                 speakers, advice sessions for writers and night-
Students will emerge from this program                    music, community resources, a kid’s zone, dog                                                                work by Louisiana artists, crafts, plants and
                                                                                                                 time events for events for everyone. For a com-
prepared to tackle the home-purchase process              adoptions and food from local restaurants. For                                                               more. Houmas House is located at 40136 Hwy.
                                                                                                                 plete schedule, visit www.wordsandmusic.org
and meet the demands of owning and caring                 more info, visit www.freretmarket.org, email                                                                 942 in Darrow. Call 225.473.9380 for details.
for a home. They will also gain access to a               freretmarket@gmail.com or call 504.638.2589.           Concert in the Courtyard
variety of home-purchase incentives available                                                                    Friday, Nov. 20
exclusively to program graduates and offered
by the Finance Authority of New Orleans,
                                                          Mirliton Festival
                                                          Saturday, Nov. 7
                                                                                                                 The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal
                                                                                                                 St., presents a concert with Gal Holiday & the
                                                                                                                                                                       National
the City of New Orleans and various lending               The annual Mirliton Festival featuring local           Honky Tonk Revue. Cocktails will be provided
institutions. The workshop will be held from              musicians and food celebrating the unique
                                                                                                                                                                       Ocean Springs Peter Anderson
                                                                                                                 by Old New Orleans Rum. Must be 21 or older.
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 16-19 at the PRC,             fruit is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Markey Park in
                                                                                                                                                                       Arts & Crafts Festival
                                                                                                                 Admission $10 at the door; includes three bev-
923 Tchoupitoulas St. The dates for the rest              Bywater. Participating bands include Valparaiso        erages. Free for THNOC members. For details,          Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 7-8
of the year are Dec. 14-17. For details and to            Men’s Chorus, DJ Jubilee, Happy Talk Band, R.          visit www.hnoc.org or call 504.523.4662.              Ocean Springs holds its 31st Annual Peter
register, contact David Fields at 504.636.3070            Scully Rough 7, Guitar Lightning Lee, Hurray                                                                 Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival featuring more
or dfields@prcno.org.                                     For The Riff Raff, Panorama Jazz Band, King            Bywater Art Market                                    than 350 vendors, food and family activities on
                                                          Louie One Man Band and Ratty Scurvics. Local           Saturday, Nov. 21                                     Nov. 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown
Holiday Home Tour & Patron Party                          artwork will also be for sale. Admission is $5.        Bywater Art Market showcases work in a range          Ocean Springs, Miss. Visit www.oceansprings-
Friday-Sunday, Dec. 11-13                                                                                        of media by local artists. The market is held every   chamber.com/paf for details.
                                                          New Orleans History Lecture                            third Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kick off the PRC’s Holiday Home Tour
                                                          Thursday, Nov. 12                                      in Markey Park, 3300 Royal St. For details, email     Ocean Springs Fresh Market
weekend with the patron party at the home
                                                          Louisiana State Museum presents its “Second            bywaterartmarket@aol.com or call 504.944.7900.        Saturday, Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28
of Shirley and Frank Sinclair, 1415 Third St.,
                                                          Thursdays” lecture series. Free and open to                                                                  The market features organic produce, plants,
on Friday, Dec. 11. Then join us for the 34th                                                                    Tremé Under the Bridge Marketplace
                                                          the public. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cabildo in                                                               prepared foods and more. Every Saturday from
Annual Holiday Home Tour on Saturday                                                                             Saturday, Nov. 21
                                                          Jackson Square. For details, call 504.568.8215.                                                              9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the L & N Depot parking lot
and Sunday, Dec. 12-13. Seven magnificent                                                                        Come enjoy covered shopping at the Tremé Un-
private homes in the Garden District will be              Alsace-Lorraine Jewish Experience                                                                            in front of the Ocean Springs Chamber of Com-
                                                                                                                 der the Bridge Marketplace located on North
open for touring, accompanied by live per-                Friday, Nov. 13                                                                                              merce in downtown Ocean Springs, Miss. For
                                                                                                                 Claiborne Avenue between Governor Nicholls
formances by local musicians. Headquarters                The Historic New Orleans Collection presents                                                                 details, visit www.oceanspringschamber.com.
                                                                                                                 and Ursuline streets under the I-10 Expressway.
will be at Trinity Episcopal Church, featuring            a conference of scholars who will trace the            Featured at the market: fresh seafood, produce,
a professionally catered café and an exten-               19th-century immigration of French-speaking            art, crafts, shoes, apparel, purses, snowballs,       Woodville Antiques Show & Sale
sive holiday boutique. Advance tickets are                Jews from Alsace-Lorraine to Louisiana. At             prepared foods and much more. Treme Brass             Friday-Sunday, Nov. 13-15
$30 for PRC members, $35 for nonmembers,                  the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres             Band performs. The market is held every third         The Woodville Civic Club holds its annual An-
or $25 for groups of 10 or more. For more                 St., from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. Call             Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.          tiques Show and Sale at the European Antique
information and to purchase tickets, call                 504.523.4662 to register.                              Contact www.i-c-d.org for details.                    Auction Gallery, 376 U.S. Hwy. 61, Woodville,
504.581.7032 or visit www.prcno.org.                                                                                                                                   Miss. For details, call 601.888.7868 or visit
                                                          Holiday Decorating Program                             Tuba, Tuba Turkey Party                               www.historicwoodville.org
Jazzed in January                                         Saturday, Nov. 14                                      Friday, Nov. 27
                                                          Parkway Partners, 1137 Baronne St., presents a                                                               Photo-Sharing Campaign
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010                                                                                          Come pay tribute to Tuba Fats at the French
                                                          program on botanically decorating your home
Join the PRC for Jazzed in January, its annual                                                                   Market featuring early bird shopping specials,        Ongoing through 2009
                                                          for the holidays. Also will discuss planting           tuba performances, turkey tastings, raffles and
New York City fundraiser. This year’s fabulous                                                                                                                         The National Trust for Historic Preservation
                                                          pansies, petunias, citrus and other trees. 10          cooking demonstrations. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free
cocktail party will be located at Saks Fifth                                                                                                                           and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company are
                                                          a.m. Saturday. For details, call 504.620.2224 or       and open to the public.
Avenue’s flagship store in Midtown New York.                                                                                                                           encouraging people nationwide to submit
                                                          visit www.parkwaypartnersnola.org.
Music by Derek Douget and special guests.                                                                                                                              their stories and photos using Flickr and
                                                                                                                 Bayou Road Fresh Market
Visit www.prcno.org for more information.                 Sankofa Marketplace                                    Saturday, Nov. 28
                                                                                                                                                                       Google Maps highlighting personal, regional
                                                                                                                                                                       and national places that matter to them. For
                                                          Saturday, Nov. 14                                      The Bayou Road Fresh Market takes place the           details, visit www.preservationnation.org/
                                                          The Sankofa Marketplace takes place the                fourth Saturday of every month next to the St.        thisplacematters.
                                                          second Saturday of every month in the Lower            Rose of Lima Church, 2545 Bayou Road, from
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                                                                                                Marigny Life
   The Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation Presents its 2009-2010
       List of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Sites in Louisiana
  This year’s list includes:
  • Three sites in Shreveport: The Ogilvie-Wiener House, c. 1896, 728 Austin Place;
  The Ogilvie Grocery, c. 1890, 100 Block of Texas Avenue; and The Calanthean
  Temple, c. 1928, 1007-1009 Texas Ave.
  • Five sites in Alexandria/Pineville: The Central Louisiana State Hospital Dairy
  Barn, c. 1923, U.S. Hwy. 71/165/167; The Armour Building, c. 1909-1914, 1901
  Third St.; Shiloh Baptist Church, c. 1904, corner of Martin Luther King and




                                                                                                                                                                                           photo by James Thiebaud
  Washington Street; The Masonic Home for Children, c. 1924, 5800 Masonic
  Drive; The Skye Building, c. 1915, Third Street.
  • One site in Monroe: The Georgia Tucker Elementary School, c. 1920, 405 Stubbs Ave.
  • One site in Cloutierville: The Ruins of the Alexis Cloutier Home/Kate Chopin
  House (Bayou Folk Museum), c. 1806, 243 Hwy. 495.
  • One site in Lafayette: The Holy Rosary Institute, c. 1913, 421 Carmel Ave.

                               Meeting Dates
                                                                                                       Walking Meditation
                                                                                                                                   by Katie Walenter
    Bywater Neighborhood Association: Nov. 10                                                     I’ve always loved to take walks. I find it calming for my spirit and energizing for
    City Council: Nov. 5, 19                                                                  my mind and body. I’ve come up with a lot of good ideas for stories and solutions to
    Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association: Nov. 16                                         life’s problems while walking, and I am in good company. Some of the best thinkers
    Mid-City Neighborhood Association: Nov. 16                                                of any era have promoted walking to get the creative energy flowing. Included on
    Neighborhood Conservation District Committee: Nov. 2, 16                                  this long list are Virginia Woolf, Charles Dickens and Henry David Thoreau. Writing is
    Historic District Landmarks Commission: Nov. 13                                           a solitary, sedentary activity so it only makes sense that writers get antsy when they
    CBD Historic District Landmarks Commission: Nov. 6                                        feel stuck or blocked. Another reason I walk — and I suspect it is the same for the
    City Planning Commission: Nov. 10, 24                                                     others — is to find inspiration in the people and environment I encounter, whether
    Vieux Carré Commission: Nov. 17                                                           in nature or a city. Dickens wrote about walking at night in London. A long time ago,
                      Send Kiosk information to PRC, Katie Walenter                           I lived in that sprawling but very walkable city. And without knowing then about
                     923 Tchoupitoulas St., • New Orleans, LA 70130                           the habit of Dickens, I found that my feet were drawn to the pavement at night as
                    e-mail: kwalenter@prcno.org or Fax: 504/636-3073                          well. I didn’t just go for a brisk jaunt around the block; I would tread for hours, often
                                 COPY DUE NOVEMBER 6                                          finding myself at the Thames and enjoying the golden reflection of Big Ben undulat-
                                                                                              ing on the river’s surface. My friend Renee would sometimes join me. It is rare to
                                                                                              find a good walking companion who doesn’t chatter away and distract me from my
                                                                                              thoughts. Walking or not, it’s true of any good friendship, this balance between shar-
                                                                                              ing and silence and being comfortable with both.
                                                                                                  One of the reasons I fell in love with New Orleans so soon is because the first or
                                                                                              second day of my initial visit, I decided to just walk and see what happened. I probably

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                                                                                              walked through neighborhoods that most tourists wouldn’t dream of entering on foot,
                                                                                              alone or at all. But I didn’t know anything. I hadn’t done my research; I rarely do before
                                                                                              I travel. I don’t like to have expectations or be presumptuous about a people and
                                                                                              culture unknown to me. On that walk I most remember Tchoupitoulas way Uptown.
                                                                                              There were small houses in disrepair, but there were also people who were pleasant and
                                                                                              welcoming. Maybe I was a bit of a surprise. I also remember it was deliciously humid
                                                                                              and I felt like a plant, breathing through my skin instead of my mouth. I ended up at
                                                                                              Ms. Mae’s/The Club on Napoleon and Magazine. It was early afternoon and there were
                                                                                              a few older gentlemen in there. Also Jeopardy! was on the television. I drank a Jack and
                                                                                              Coke and shouted out the answers with the others. I felt right at home.
                                                                                                  I briefly lived Uptown when I moved to New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2004. This was
                                                                                              a neighborhood I hadn’t found on my first walks and so I found it terribly exciting
                                                                                              to make the daily expedition from Audubon Street and Claiborne, through the
                                                                                              university campuses, to the St. Charles Streetcar. As I said, it was hot, late summer
                                                                                              so I walked slowly. My ankles got eaten alive by fire ants. I didn’t mind very much. I
                                                                                              saw myself as a character in a movie. In fact, I wrote a little screenplay based on it —
                                                                                              one of the few items of value I lost at my office in the storm. But I remember it well.
                                                                                              It was mostly montage set to a music soundtrack about the gloriousness of being
                                                                                              alone. I was a tropical urban hunter stalking the streets of New Orleans.
                                                                                                  Today, after five years of living here, I am more likely to ride my bike. It’s faster,
                                                                                              more convenient. I have things to do and places to be now, whereas before I had no
                                                                                              friends and so no obligations to anybody — a wonderful but fleeting existence. But I
                                                                                              still love to walk, and when I’m feeling out of sorts I do just that, especially along the
              Quality, Style, Function... DuMor                                               river. I am fortunate to work in the Warehouse District and live in the Marigny. This
                                                                                              means I can walk through the Quarter any day I choose. There is always something
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 Distinctive Queen Anne style “cottage” built in 1897. Wide                                                                                    Located steps from Audubon Park, in one of New Orleans’
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                                                                                                                                               showcases the finest amenities at every turn. Luxuriously
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 include exposed cypress woodwork and stained glass. Lo-                                                                                       ances, cabinetry & countertops. French doors from den
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 Offered at $ 1,050,000. Call Isabel Sanders 504-615-1401.                                 6115 Annunciation St                                top views. Three additional bedrooms & bath complete the
                                                                             JUST REDUCED! Fabulous Uptown neighborhood across                 second level and a guest suite is situated on the third, adding
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                                           Historic                          the street from a famous New Orleans restaurant. Beautiful        lifestyle. Offered @ 1,199,000 Contact Brett @ 453.2277 for
                                       1818 Jackson Ave                      house with 3 BD/2 BA, pine floors, marble baths, great            a private showing appt.
                               Located in the new Cultural                   kitchen w/marble countertops, large upstairs family room w/
                               Arts District and a short walk to             cathedral ceiling, balcony & driveway. Call Babs Gibbons
                               the St Charles Streetcar, this                504-232-8836
                               iconic beauty is loaded with
                               original architectural features
                               that have been restored and
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                               arch, ceiling medallions, &
                               walk thru windows.The home
                               offers 3 spacious bedrms, 2
                               1/2 travertine baths, double
                               front parlors w/ 2 slate fps,
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                               opens out to porch & garden.
                               Glowing wd flrs throughout,
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                               flrs, front & rear staircases,
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 bath with slate throughout both baths. The master bedroom has large
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                                                                             features Travertine, Koehler, & closets by design. Open           Wonderful home in Historic Algiers Point! Kitchen opens
 over-sized closets. Bamboo floors throughout the entire living area                                                                           up to living and dining room. Large family room has slate
 with fourteen foot ceilings. The building includes a secure attached        flowing living-dining-kitchen w/granite counters. Pool, exer-
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 barbecue area. Easy freeway access, fine dining establishments,             watching! Linda Babineaux 957-8014                                leading to lovely landscaped backyard. Two bedroom and
 minutes from the French Quarter. Close to medical schools, colleges,                                                                          two fully updated bathrooms Fantastic master suite! Plenty
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                                                                                                                                               ing! $279,000. Call Jeanie Michel at 504-390-1954.


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       923 Tchoupitoulas Street
       New Orleans, LA 70130
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Holiday Feasts start at Langenstein’s!
     This holiday season, let Langenstein’s add a touch of savory “gourmet” to your holiday meal
                 planning! Let us prepare our famous Turkey, Turducken, Crown Roast or other
                          mouth watering entrees for you -- or select from our finest quality and
                               freshest cuts of USDA Choice or Prime meats. Plus, we can
                                 provide your holiday gathering with family favorites, flavorful
                                   appetizers, soups, side dishes, dips, cheeses and more.

                                       Let us simplify your office or home
                                       party planning needs with one call! We can provide:

                                            • Gourmet quality fruit, vegetable and cheese trays
                                            • Scrumptious shrimp, crawfish, salmon and mushroom dips
                                            • Delectable meat and salad sandwiches and mini-muffulettas
                                                                                                          Check our web site for a complete
                                            • Delicious assortment of casseroles, soups and desserts
                                                                                                          catering and special events menu!

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