Even More Reasons to Get Up and Go

As often happens, I either missed certain upcoming events or they were announced after my recent “Fall Happenings” post. Don’t forget that the various Fall pilgrimages begin today. Also, there’s a historic landscapes conference at MSU on October 20, and the Victorian Society tour of New Orleans happens Oct 21-24. If you can’t fit any of those in your schedule, maybe these two later additions–both in New Orleans (but we don’t hold that against them do we?)–will.

First, the almost-too-cool-for-school DOCOMOMO announced its upcoming fourth annual US Tour Day on October 9, with tours of modern architecture in over 20 American cities, including New Orleans. I say “New Orleans” with some trepidation because the list of cities links to details about each tour, but for New Orleans it has “Details coming” which makes me a little nervous this late in the game. But hopefully our friends to the south will be able to get the details out there soon and throw a fun tour of Modernist buildings in New Orleans, overlooked until recently in architectural tours.  Keep checking back to the DOCOMOMO website, or maybe you’ll be in one of those other cities next Saturday and want to join a different tour.

If your tastes remain steadfastly in the pre-Modernist era, you might be interested in learning more about New Orleans’ Garden District during the Holiday Home Tour, hosted by the well-respected Preservation Resource Center, December 11-12, 2010. According to the announcement on the PRC’s site:

Preservation Resource Center’s 2010 Holiday Home Tour Keeps 35 Years of Tradition Intact in the Garden District

Tour seven stunning Garden District homes, plus a “bonus house” – free admission to the beautiful Opera Guild Home. Also, visit the tour headquarters to shop at the holiday boutique and dine at the cafe catered by Palate New Orleans Catering and Special Events.

– Informational tours of the interiors of historic Garden District homes
– Live performances by New Orleans musicians at each home on the tour
– A holiday boutique with a wide variety of vendors selling unique artisan wares

Nan & Ed deMontluzin – 2714 St. Charles Avenue
John Harkins – 2700 Coliseum Street
Clyde “Rocky” Sorrell – 2808 St. Charles Avenue
Jennifer & John Steck – 1222 Third Street
Carole & William Troutt – 2316 Prytania Street
John E. Wade II – 1225 Second Street
Hal Williamson & Dale Le Blanc – 1448 Fourth Street

The Opera Guild Home – 2504 Prytania Street
This New Orleans Garden District mansion was formerly known as the Davis/Seebold Residence and became the home of the Women’s Guild in 1966. The home was built in 1865 and is furnished in 18th- and 19th-century European and American furniture, artwork, antiques and object d’art. <!–

Tickets are $30 for PRC members, $35 for non-members, and $40 at the door, so buy early.

If you forget, you can always check the MissPres calendar (see the link at the upper right of each post) to see when and where these events are happening.

Categories: Preservation People/Events

3 replies

  1. Is the landscape conference about historic landscapes or historic gardens?


  2. Scape Landers read further and then Scape Landers saw that the conference is mainly about historic gardens. So, Scape Landers asks that his/her previous post/mistake be disregarded.

    Nonetheless, I wish the conference could include a discussion of the state of our National Heritage Areas, especially the MS Gulf Coast National Heritage Area. How do we preserve such a landscape in the wake of such natural disasters as Hurricane Katrina, Rita, Camille…? More specifically, how could we as Preservationists take the tools we already have and adapt them to the unique needs/culture of our coastal communities? We’ve already come a long way of course. There are tons of grass roots groups and governmental authorities working hard to fulfill this need, but what more could we do? Which tools could we adapt? What laws and procedures might we try to change? It’s been five years since Katrina and everyone is coming out with more questions and comments. But what do WE think? What discussion might WE have right here in our own state? How can our historic resources most effectively be protected and retained in the aftermath of future disasters on our coast?


  3. Looks like the New Orleans DOCOMOMO tour is on:
    A streetcar tour of Canal Street and more. Wish I could make it.


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