NEW IBERIA MODERN HOME TOUR
SATURDAY, JUNE 1 FROM 10AM-4PM
The Louisiana Architecture Foundation, Iberia Cultural Resources Association and Iberia Parish Visitors Bureau present a New Iberia Modern Tour featuring an eclectic selection of modern-styled homes.
Tour highlights the mid 50s to late 60s in exterior architecture design. The self-guided tour takes place Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. On tour, seven sites (six open homes and a modern-styled church.)
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OPENING ALERT: Regina's Kitchen
Festival Sponsors are Invited
SELF-GUIDED TOURS OF THESE CREPE MYRTLE GROUNDS & BOOK SIGNINGS:maps available at Crepe Myrtle Central
Natchez City Cemetery, all day, 2 Cemetery Rd., walk or drive to enjoy 490 crepe myrtles.
Auburn Antebellum Home, noon-2pm, 400 Duncan Park Avenue. Tour historic home & enjoy Gumbo & Mint Juleps $20, served in restored original kitchen. Walk or drive to view 475 Crepe Myrtles within playground surrounding golf course lining road to pro shop. Take in a game of golf for extra fee. Tickets sold on-site.
Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens, 2-4pm, 1358 John A Quitman Blvd., sip a Bloody Mary while walking among 125 crepe myrtles. $8 per person. Tickets sold on-site.
Book Signings at Regina’s Kitchen, 2-4pm, 312 Main Street, exciting details to come!
My vision for the Natchez International Crepe Myrtle Festival was met with a groundswell of enthusiasm from these garden and community leaders:
The Natchez-Adams Community Alliance is a sponsor providing fiduciary oversight and support.
Interestingly, Saturday events also coincide with the Summer Solstice - the longest day of the year, thus marking the first day of summer!
6:00PM TO 7:00PM IN THE CABILDO,
ON THE 2ND FLOOR GALLERY
**LIGHT RECEPTION FROM 5:30PM TO 6:00PM
This Thursday, January 17, my talented friend and Guest Curator, Randolph Delehanty, Ph.D., will lead the exhibition lecture at the Cabildo. I encourage you to go and soak in the rich history and the backstory of the Baroness de Pontalba and the Rise of Jackson Square Exhibition.
This is the first of three different talks regarding the exhibit presented by the Louisiana Museum Foundation (LMF) and the Louisiana State Museum. Visit the LMF's facebook page for more details.
The talk is complimentary. I hope to see you there and encourage you to join me in supporting the LMF.
From left: Pierre de Pontalba, his mother and father, Isabelle and Charles-Edouard, Baron & Baroness de Pontalba
are flanking me - 2nd from right, Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans. Photo by Grevy Photography
One of the most exciting moments of my life happened: helping the Louisiana State Museum and the Louisiana Museum Foundation celebrate the New Orleans Tricentennial.
My friends, the Baron & Baroness de Pontalba and their family, came to New Orleans from France for this epic event: The Founders Ball and the launch of the Baroness Pontalba & the Rise of Jackson Square Exhibition at the Cabildo.
I'm still pinching myself that this all really happened!
It's been a thrill of my life to meet the Pontalbas at their family home château de Mont-l'Eveque, near Senlis, France, and to reconnect them to their Louisiana heritage.
Merry Christmas and my best wishes for a Happy New Year!
MY BEST FROM BOURBON,
At left: Isabelle, Baroness de Pontalba's dream fulfilled to hear
Jazz at Preservation Hall. It was magical!
and greets Baron and Baroness de Pontalba and Pierre de Pontalba to New Orleans!
Love the old fashioned “potato vine” on the Hippolite Patout, Jr. House!
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.
Tableau Restaurant at 616 St. Peter Street, site of Tricentennial Luncheon with the Baron & Baroness Pontalba
Interestingly, the first Baron, Joseph Xavier Pontalba, owned a home on the property that's now the Tableau Restaurant site - which overlooks the Cabildo, upper Pontalba building and Jackson Square (the Almonester and Pontalba families are directly responsible for all of these important buildings).
Dripping with rich Louisiana French cultural history spanning four centuries, this Tricentennial Pontalba Luncheon opportunity is a wonderful finale to the year.
Of course, I'm also excited about the Founders Ball the next night at The Cabildo!
countryside was incredibly fortuitous! I met the de Pontalba family!
-Read about that wonderful adventure here-
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
Founders Ball & Exhibition Opening:
The Baroness de Pontalba &
the Rise of Jackson Square:
How a Father's philanthropy and a Daughter's determination created the urban heart and architectural look of old New Orleans
This Final Tricentennial exhibit draws on the landmark buildings and rich collections of the Louisiana State Museum, portraits, treasures from the Pontalba Family château in France, loans from other collections, and historic and commissioned photographs to revisualize New Orleans' iconic urban core: Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo, the Presbytère, and the twin Pontalba Buildings.
It’s been a thrill to meet the Pontalba family and to forge their relationship with the Louisiana State Museum...that helped in turn to develop this incredible exhibition as the finale to our Tricentennial year. None of this would have been possible if I hadn't read this book.
Intimate Enemies is one of my all-alltime favorite books about New Orleans: If you haven't already read it, I encourage you to do so. It will deepen your appreciation of the exhibit and what Jackson Square means to all of us.
& 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.
Founders Ball & Exhibition Opening
The Baroness de Pontalba & the Family that Built Jackson Square
How a father’s philanthropy & a daughter’s determination created the urban heart and the architectural look of Old New Orleans
My cousin and I were looking for a Joan of Arc site when we got lost. Then I saw a sign for Senlis, which I remembered from Intimate Enemies: The Two Worlds of the Baroness de Pontalba, Christina Vella’s biography of the Almonester and Pontalba families, as their family seat.
We stopped at the Visitor Center and asked if the Pontalba family still lived in Senlis and discovered that they did! We arranged to tour their gardens and drove through alleys of poplar trees and rolling hills to the château. To our delight we met members of the Pontalba family, who graciously invited us in.
That the direct descendants of the Baroness de Pontalba (1795-1874) would welcome us to Château de Mont-l’Évêque, that we would develop a warm friendship, and that they would embrace their Louisiana heritage was beyond any dream that I could imagine!
Subsequently, I kept dreaming along with my friends, artist Andrew Lamar Hopkins and Louisiana Museum Foundation Director Susan Maclay.
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.
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.
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!
For me, the allure of Natchez begins with its beauty: stately oaks and well-maintained gardens.
The Historic Downtown area is delightful! It's walkable and offers wonderful shops, coffee houses, fantastic restaurants and cultural events throughout the year with many opportunities to enjoy live music.
Farm to table is alive and well.
On Saturdays, there's a burgeoning Farmers Market Downtown that’s created a gathering place for the community. Among the prized produce, local artisans display their works all to the tune of local musicians. I felt so welcome here and especially loved meeting the Master Gardener group. Their efforts set Natchez apart.
Drink local in Downtown Natchez too as Charboneau Rum Distillery is nationally acclaimed and Natchez Brewing Company has many fans.
We met the Experts: I loved meeting with Stratton Hall and Jennifer Combs of Visit Natchez and appreciate their efforts to promote the city. From my team, Kelly Calhoun and Lee Anne Garner are to my right.
I'm also impressed by the vitality of the Downtown Natchez Merchant's group we met last visit at the Natchez-Adams County Chamber of Commerce.
And who says there's nothing to do Monday nights in Downtown Natchez? At Rolling River Bistro, we found delicious Chargrilled Oysters followed by fantastic Lamb Chops.
Oysters are half price on Mondays served up with a Delta Blues band. That was a fun discovery!
We took in this phenomenal view on Taco Tuesday and dined al fresco with a cool breeze from the river - great tacos! The Camp Restaurant, Under the Hill Historic District!
The hospitality is real. People are open here and It's been easy to make friends. I love impromptu gatherings: from a recent Friday night on the balcony at Dunleith Historic Inn.
Over that same weekend, we had the good fortune of meeting many long-time Natchez citizens and they welcomed us to celebrations at their summer camps along St. John.
What wonderful hosts! Their company and hospitality was incredible - and, yes, there was Peach Cobbler!
We also realized that we have met an equal number of newcomers that are referred to as: Natchoosians - a growing group of people without ties to the area - they found Natchez and have chosen to make the town their home. I understand why!
My foremost passions are architecture, history and art and there are so many inspiring cultural events throughout the year to feed these interests in Natchez.
Among the world class events you'll find is the Natchez Festival of Music which features top Opera, Broadway and Jazz national artists each May.
Natchez offers this and so much more ............ Oh, and the most majestic Crepe Myrtles you'll ever see!
The natural beauty of the region is breathtaking! Here's Lake St. John, an Oxbow River. It beckons for boating, fishing, swimming, and carrying on with friends. Its just 20 minutes away from Downtown Natchez!
Stay tuned for details about the World's Crepe Myrtle Festival
in Natchez next June!
I hope you are enjoying my Cultural Insider Blog! Stay tuned and spread the word!
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
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:
- Four lectures by four of the finest experts of Teche Country's architecture, history and art.
- Two luxurious dinners at private antebellum plantation houses on the banks of the Bayou Teche: Bayside Plantation and Shadows-on-the-Teche.
- Three lunches, including one among the sugar cane fields on an antebellum plantation estate.
- Private house tours, including Iberia Parish architect Owen J. Southwell.
- Private Avery Island home tours.
- Bus transportation around the foray.
- AIA CEU (pending to early October).
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.
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.
- A sponsorship of this level will support the ICAA-LA educating and encouraging participation from enthusiasts and professionals on Louisiana's classical architecture, art and cultural heritage.
- A portion of $500+ sponsorship level is tax-deductible.
- With $1,000+ sponsorship, your entity would be marketed as a sponsor of the forthcoming foray as well as all subsequent ICAA-LA events for the next 12 months with your logo on marketing material.
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.
- Tax Credit for Solar and Wind
- Home Energy Loan Program “HELP”
- Louisiana Net Metering
- Don’t remove original windows, just repair existing ones!
- 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.
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)
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).
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
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