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Dear Friends, I am proud to offer a truly once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in the New Orleans Tricentennial: a chance to meet Charles-Edouard and Isabelle, Baron and Baroness de Pontalba and family members - direct descendants of Micaela Almonester, Baroness de Pontalba.
The luncheon includes two speakers, sumptuous hȃute Creole Cuisine and drinks, and is generously sponsored by Tableau as a benefit for the Louisiana Museum Foundation. We are thankful to Dickie Brennan and his team for their support.
Pontalba family historian, Pierre de Pontalba will share his family’s legacy in France and New Orleans. Louisiana State Museum guest exhibition Curator Randolph Delehanty, PhD will preview the exhibition that will open Saturday, December 1 at the Founders Ball, and to the public on Sunday, December 2 at The Cabildo.
Taking a wrong turn six years ago in the French
countryside was incredibly fortuitous! I met the de Pontalba family!
-Read about that wonderful adventure here-
Tickets for the Pontalba Luncheon and the Founders Ball raise funds for the Louisiana Museum Foundation which supports the Louisiana State Museum. Luncheon tickets are $125 each, most of which is tax deductible, and can be purchased by clicking this link. Please join us by reserving now. Seating is limited. These remarkable events will sell out.
Founders Ball tickets are $300 each for Louisiana Museum Foundation Members and $350 for non-members.
So, join me for Lunch at Tableau and at The Cabildo for the Founders Ball!
My best to you,
December 1 At The CaBildo
Intimate Enemies New York Times book review
Ironwork detail with the signature Almonester & Pontalba family logo from the Pontalba Apartments
The Pontalba Family is Returning to Louisiana for the Founders Ball
& Launch of the Baroness Pontalba Exhibit at the Cabildo!
I am thrilled to offer you early ticket access to the Louisiana Museum’s Founders Ball & Exhibition Opening at the Cabildo. This is one for the history books!
Taking a wrong turn in the French countryside six years ago was incredibly fortuitous! I met the Pontalbas!. This wonderful occurrence along with help from friends led to this year's Founders Ball and Baroness de Pontalba exhibition....Here's how it happened and what you can anticipate.
Pontalba Family Founders Ball Invitations
From the beginning, we set our sights on the LMF’s top fundraising event, The Founders’ Ball, and invited the Pontalba family to be our honored guests.
We also realized that Mont l’Évêque is a treasure trove of historical items related to the Pontalbas' time in Louisiana - primarily in the 19th century. So, the idea for the exhibition was born.
New Orleans’ iconic urban core: Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo, the Presbytère,
and the twin Pontalba Buildings - Upper Pontalba Apartments shown.
In addition to items from the de Pontalba family château, the exhibition will draw from the Louisiana State Museum, and loans from private collections. We are honored to have guest Curator, Randolph Delehanty, PhD, who will tell the city-defining story of Don Andrés Almonester and his formidable daughter, Micaela, the Baroness de Pontalba.
The Founders Ball and Exhibit are dedicated to Christina Vella
Of course, none of this would have happened if I hadn't read Intimate Enemies. We should all be eternally grateful to the late Christina Vella, author of this book that was critically acclaimed by the New York Times.
If you haven't already read Intimate Enemies, I encourage you to do so. It will deepen your appreciation of the exhibit and what Jackson Square means to all of us.
The costume Ball will be reminiscent of the elegant parties Baroness Pontalba held in New Orleans and in her mansion in Paris, which today, still known as the Hôtel de Pontalba, serves as the official residence of the United States Ambassador to France.
Late-18th-century to mid-19th-century attire, recalling the days of Don Almonester and our Baroness, are encouraged for the ball. Contemporary black tie and ball gowns will also be acceptable.
Together, we will welcome Charles-Edouard and Isabelle, Baron and Baroness de Pontalba, their son Pierre, and other family members from France!
Here’s a link to buy your Founders Ball tickets. They are $300 each for Louisiana Museum Foundation Members and $350 for non-members. I suggest you do this today for tickets are limited and this remarkable event will sell out!
The only mission of the Louisiana Museum Foundation is to support the Louisiana State Museum through community donations and programmatic support. I hope that you will join me as a proud member of the LMF to support them for this event and beyond.
Almonester Pontalba balcony ironwork detail from the Pontalba Apartments
Why invest in Natchez now? Historic properties in a buyer's market.
I'm very fortunate and humbled that business and homeowners in Mississippi are asking me to market their properties. I must say I'm excited!
I've long been drawn to the treasures of Mississippi - particularly the Natchez area. As a realtor specializing in historic properties, I'm amazed by the inventory available to buyers at fantastic values. Here are some reasons to consider investing in, or at the least, visiting Natchez now!
Behold the largest Crepe Myrtle in Natchez, centuries-old, Bontura House.
Stay tuned for details about the World's Crepe Myrtle Festival in Natchez next June!
So choose Natchez! Become a Natchoozian! I would be honored to help you find your ideal property, or to serve as your listing agent. Please note the properties that I am representing in the area on this website.
I hope you are enjoying my Cultural Insider Blog! Stay tuned and spread the word!
Bayside Plantation | ICAA TOUR | Thrusday, November 2
Bayside Plantation is located on Bayou Teche, “Louisiana’s Most Famous Bayou”. It is approximately 100 miles from both New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong Airport and Baton Rouge, and 250 miles from Houston, Texas. Bayside is a well-maintained and historic rural estate on 14+- acres in Jeanerette, Louisiana, near New Iberia and the renowned Avery Island, where Tabasco Hot Sauce is made. In 1987, Bayside Plantation was listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural significance in the Greek Revival style and distinctively being one of only four two-story Greek Revival mansions with two-story masonry columns in Bayou Teche Country (The three others being Oaklawn, Shadows-on-the-Teche, and Arlington.)
In 1850, Colonel Francis Dubose Richardson (1812-1901) built Bayside Plantation. Richardson was a successful state legislator prior to the Civil War and it is said he was good friends with the famous author Edgar Allen Poe. During the Civil War, Richardson is credited with floating a barge of burning hay in the direct path of Union gunboats during the Bayou Teche Country Campaign.
Bayside Plantation was aptly named for an old grove of Bay trees that one graced the property. Today, the estate is surrounded by sprawling ancient moss laden live oak trees. The two-story white brick structure is fronted by picturesque upper and lower galleries supported by six full height Tuscan columns, which are set on high pedestals. On the upper gallery, an ornate wooden balustrade runs between them. The transoms and sidelights of the doors are set into the recesses of thick brick walls. Bayside displays an “American” floor plan consisting of a central hall with two rooms on each side on both floors. The house has four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. In 1967, the upper-rear gallery was enclosed for additional rooms. The walls of these rooms are of wide wooden boards from ancient heart pine trees that once stood in the backyard before being downed by Hurricane Hilda. The rear gallery of Bayside contains a large screen porch that has served generations of Southern families.
Original features at Bayside Plantation include: three Carrara marble mantels, two wood mantels, extensive Greek Key molding, Cypress doors with original hardware, a cherry and walnut staircase and beautiful long-leaf Pine flooring. The house retains much of its original blown glass window panes. In the early 1960s a side wing and large barn were constructed. Behind the plantation, a masonry Milk House remains as the only 19th century dependency of the estate.
"sugar & spice: the architecture & art of bayou teche, owen southwell, and tabasco's avery island" - a fall 2017 foray hosted by the ICAA-la
IBERIA PARISH, LA. From Thursday, November 2 to Sunday, November 5, 2017, the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art - Louisiana Chapter will host its first foray to the exotic Teche Country. "Sugar and Spice: The Architecture & Art of Bayou Teche, Owen Southwell, and Tabasco's Avery Island" is a premiere event celebrating the classical architecture, history, heritage and art of Iberia Parish, Owen Southwell, Bayou Teche, Avery Island and more.
As a native of Iberia Parish, where my roots run deep, I am excited to share this classical world of architecture and art of my beloved Bayou Teche country. Our foray participants will soon succumb to the exotic eden of café au lait-colored bayous, sugar cane fields and live oaks draped in festoons of Spanish moss. This foray is
an exposé to our national audience; one that will showcase the classical featurettes of our heritage in a scale never been seen in this area.
Highlights of this once-in-a-lifetime Iberia Parish event are:
SCROLL DOWN for a 38-page information packet that covers details such as schedule, registration, region/architecture history, lecture/lecturer topics, accommodation, et cetera. Click on the button below and purchase your ticket(s). ICAA-member and non-member prices available. Thursday, November 2 to Sunday, November 5, 2017.
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We would be so honored to have your sponsorship for this foray and future ICAA-LA events. Thousands of people of across the country are invited to attend our event.
To become a sponsor at your chosen level, proceed by filling out and submitting the official ICAA Sponsorship Form, below. Details included in the form.
Check your air conditioning unit every summer for efficiency to beat the heat. There are State and Federal financial incentives such as renewable energy tax credits, special loans, and net metering if your system needs updating. Here are some helpful programs:
- Tax Credit for Solar and Wind
- Home Energy Loan Program “HELP”
- Louisiana Net Metering
Hiring a historic window specialist to glaze windows and secure their surround will help to sustain their longevity and efficiency.
- Don’t remove original windows, just repair existing ones!
Your house will expand or swell in the summer, just like everything else in the South. Harsh weather conditions will take effect, so make sure you plan according to make repairs to the masonry, brick, wood, or any other façade material after the peak of summer.
- Do any repair work toward the fall months after the severity of expansion has subsided.
- Spend summer months researching historic building specialists in anticipation of repairs. This is a great time to shop reviews and get quotes.
La Maison Hospitalière was founded in 1879 by Madame Coralie Correjolles, along with a Mrs. Ernestine Bouny and Mrs. Stephen Chalaron. These women organized “La Société Hospitalière des Dames Louisianaises,” which provided food and medicine to the needy of New Orleans, especially to the elderly women who lost their husbands during the Civil War and were destitute and living in squalor.
By 1893, the Société was able to purchase their first building, located at 822 Barracks Street. The Société added a floor to the pre-existing one-story building dating back to the 1830s. Some time after 1919 they also added a gallery to the façade and arched door openings, which still exist today.
Over 20 women lived in the home at first, and a Ms. Berthe Forcelle recalls in a memoir written in the 1930s that Mrs. Bouny and her servant Celestin would make tarts and pâtes feuillettes (puff pastries) and sell them throughout the French Quarter as a way to raise money for the Maison Hospitalière. As another form of raising money, Ms. Forcelle also mentions that “Miss Correjolles and Mrs. Bouny, with the aid of all the prominent ladies of the Carré, gave once a year, some form of entertainment; of which the most popular were fancy dances and tombola’s, given at the French Opera House […] The proceeds of these performances were always beyond expectations, for everybody was interested in that most worthy cause.”
 Berthe Forcelle, “La Maison Hospitalière,” typed by A.W. Phillips, ca.1930. State Library of Louisiana (www.state.lib.la.us)
Over time the Société purchased over 13 buildings including neighboring buildings on Barracks and Dauphine Streets, and evolved into a skilled nursing facility with over 100 residents, both men and women. For 113 years La Maison Hospitalière provided full-service care in the French Quarter, until Hurricane Katrina dispersed both residents and staff across the county. La Maison Hospitalière was closed in November of 2006, and the site today is now being renovated as a condominium complex known as Maison du Parc.
Greater New Orleans Foundation, “Maison Hospitalière” https://www.gnof.org/program/maison-hospitaliere/
Greg LaRose, “$20 Million project turning Civil War widows home into high-end housing,” The Times-Picayune. November 3rd, 2015. http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2015/11/20_million_french_quarter_deve.html
Lillian Fortier Zeringer, Accent on Dedication: The Story of La Maison Hospitalière. (Société des Dames Hospitalières: 1985).
There are two condominiums in the French Quarter that I am excited to prepare for an DOUBLE Open House. On Saturday, May 13 from 11am to 2pm, I will be welcoming all interested parties in the French Quarter to view Condos #5 and #6 in hopes to sell for a price that is exciting for the buyer and seller. Each condominum is terribly charming: overlookng a well-kept courtyard with a fountain that keeps water and air moving throughtout the center social area. It is a quiet, peaceful and serene place amongst the noisy, exciting French Quarter bustle. Yet, having a charming house is simply not enough to guarantee a well-prepared and well-attended Open House. There are many other details that need attention! Prepare for an Open House using these five tips:
1. MARKET EVERYWHERE
From Facebook to Zillow, a well-attended Open House will be seen on as many of the online marketing networks as you can manage. Take advantage of the free marketing tools that social media sites offer: Free Facebook posts can gain your largest number of views. Create an Event page and post pictures, answer questions, invite friends. A step further are paid ads: $20 and your post views can grow from 100 to 4,000! Include Instagram, Craigslist, Zillow, MLS, your website and all other sites you manage are tools to say that you are hosting an Open House.
2. GIVE FULL INFORMATION
As you tell your circle of influence that your property is having an Open House, make sure that all the information they need to get there is right in front of them. List the day of the week, time, exact address. For example, a well informed one-sentence, "Include me in your Saturday, May 13 plans: Join me at 836 St. Peter Street on Saturday, May 13 for an EXCITING DOUBLE OPEN HOUSE of condos #5 and #6! "
3. GIVE SOMETHING AT THE DOOR
It is a matter of great professionalism and hospitality when you offer guests of your Open House something at the door. Your guest will be at ease if you offer them a beverage or lite bite. It shows how prepared you are when you instantly offer a floor-plan or brief history of the house when your guest arrives. Hand out cards to every guest after shaking their hands and asking who they are. No matter what special offer you and your team want to give the guest, make it a worthwhile trip for them. You are showing you appreciate that they came to your event, and it makes them comfortable to ask you questions.
4. PREPARE YOUR MATERIALS
Your event should showcase how professional and serious you are about making a sale. Arrive at your house with your preferred marketing materials: print, digital, tablets, pamphlets, drones, photography, stereo, pens, business cards. Gather these items night before and collect it in a box to make sure you did not forget anything.
5. CLEAN AND ARRANGE
The guests of your Open House must be able to see themselves in this house, and having your particular style (while surely enjoyable to you) will not be the best environment for an Open House. Prepare your house by clearing the clutter, arranging furniture in a way that allows flow, dust and clean all surfaces, bathrooms and kitchens must be seem clean of daily usage, curtain and blinds drawn to allow as much natural light as possible, animals off-site, music playing, clean smells or no smells at all. Prepare your house a day or two before the Open House and get an opinion from a trusted friend or neighbor.
All houses are unique and offer exactly what someone is wanting. Make sure your guests have all the advantages of a visit and enjoy coming and talking to you about the house. If you are interested in seeing how I host an Open House, then please join me in the historic French Quarter on Saturday, May 13 from 11am to 2pm at 836 St. Peter Street for a RARE DOUBLE OPEN HOUSE of condos #5 and #6.
Dear Fellow Architecture Lovers,
It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we extend this invitation to join in the rare glimpse of Greek Revival buildings in East Feliciana Parish: "Greece Arrives in East Feliciana Parish" on SUNDAY, APRIL 23. This event is organized by the newly formed Louisiana Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. Since becoming co-chair, this premier event is one that I hope will help gain regional and national attention, for all those interested in classical architecture and art in the south.
Three private homes on the tour will be opened to our exclusive event, as well as two distinguished institutional and commercial buildings. From what we have learned so far, these buildings give our modern world a distinct perspective into how the Greek Revival architectural style developed in the South. Since reaching out to the citizens of East Feliciana Parish, we have learned this classical emphasis is the first of its kind. Our attention and appreciation of their architectural stock has made its homeowners and historians both proud and enthusiastic to welcome us and help us learn about their buildings and culture.
I hope you accept our invitation and join me and fellow ICAA members to this premiere foray to East Feliciana Parish's extraordinary classical buildings. ICAA membership is required to attend this event. Follow this link to become a member today!
Purchase tickets at Eventbrite page $40 for ICAA members/$20 for students
Let Facebook know that you're going by clicking "Going" on the Facebook event page
Download the packet by clicking "Download File" below.