The Preservation Resource Center launched a fun — and free! — new series of online classes and chats about historic New Orleans architecture, and you can join in from the comfort of your couch. Those who register for upcoming programs can participate in the discussion. If the time is not convenient, just watch these programs at your leisure by clicking the links below. Interested in seeing a different topic covered? Shoot us an email at


Energy Efficiency in Older New Orleans Homes, a free PRC program with Dr. Myron Katz, building sciences expert
February 25, 2021

Learn how to keep your older home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer without breaking the bank in this free program featuring Dr. Myron Katz, a building sciences expert specializing in primary energy conservation, renewable energy and energy storage technologies as solutions to environmental and economic problems.


Meet designer and antiques dealer Tara Shaw, author of the new book “Soul of the Home”
January 28, 2021

Designer and antiques dealer Tara Shaw is a respected supplier of European antiques for a host of AD100 and ELLE Decor A-listers, including Bobby McAlpine, Brooke and Steve Gianetti, Marie Flanigan and Peter Marino. In her first book, Soul of the Home, Shaw helps readers understand how to select the best antiques and how to use them in a variety of decor schemes. Join the PRC’s Susan Langenhennig as she chats with Shaw about her new book and her 20 years of experience as an antiques wholesaler and designer. In addition to her import business, Shaw has a custom furniture line, Maison, and a licensed product line with Restoration Hardware. She lives in New Orleans.


New Orleans Architecture Series Volume IX: Carrollton Book Lecture
December 17, 2020

Join architect, architectural historian and author Robert J. Cangelosi Jr. in a virtual discussion of the latest book in the Friends of the Cabildo’s New Orleans Architecture series, which chronicles Carrollton’s development.


Explore New Orleans’ two newest Louisiana Cultural Districts
December 3, 2020

PRC virtually explores New Orleans’ two newest Louisiana Cultural Districts: A.P. Tureaud-7th Ward and Touro-Bouligny. Learn how Louisiana Cultural Districts districts link arts, culture, and preservation to create economic opportunity. Find out what local organizations are doing to sustain artists and craftspeople in spite of the pandemic and discover ways to shop safely for local art this holiday season. With slides, stories, and a panel discussion, our guests discuss current programs and their plans for the future.


Optimism and Anxiety on Magazine Street: A panel discussion about the pandemic’s impact on this historic commercial corridor
November 19, 2020

The financial pain caused by the COVID 19 pandemic is spread across the city; no neighborhood has escaped it. But there are few places in New Orleans where the financial fallout is more visibly evident than along Magazine Street.

Longtime Magazine Street merchants say the business climate hasn’t been this challenging since the harrowing days after Hurricane Katrina, and the ongoing financial strain has stoked an acutely New Orleans fear: if locally owned shops and restaurants go out of business, will they be replaced by chain stores and national franchises once the economy recovers?

Though the hardships are real all along Magazine Street, there remains an amazing amount of optimism among local merchants. Many consider the pandemic a chance to refocus or try new approaches.


Working with an architect and floor plan basics
October 27, 2020

Understanding the difference between a scope of work and a floor plan is critical to executing an efficient and cost-effective renovation. Taught by architect Chris Johnson, this class will provide a practical understanding of how to read a floor plan, best practices in designing a space, and how to avoid common pitfalls. While it will primarily focus on working with an architect on a renovation project, the class provides useful information for new construction, as well.


Working with a general contractor and developing a scope of work
October 20, 2020

Building a successful working relationship with a contractor begins long before construction commences on a renovation project. This class, taught by developer Craig Brouillette, will cover construction timelines; estimating costs; developing a scope of work to minimize expenses and avoid costly change orders; the questions to ask before, during and in closing a project; and tips for effectively working with a contractor to select a property.


Homeowners and flood insurance basics
October 13, 2020

The cost of insurance is a major factor in the monthly expenses of owning a home. A clear understanding of how homeowners insurance works is key to determining the level of coverage you will need. Also, flood insurance in Orleans Parish can vary substantially from one property to the next. Taught by Alyssa Bourgeois of Eustis Insurance & Benefits, this class will explain the basics of homeowners insurance and how the flood zone maps affect rates.


Exploring Louisiana’s Threatened Coastal Forts
Re-recorded, originally aired September 29, 2020

Join historic preservationist Lindsey Walsworth and photojournalist G. Andrew Boyd to discover the surprising history of Louisiana’s Third System Forts. Walsworth profiled five of these mid-19th century fortifications in Preservation in Print. Boyd’s drone videos and photo essays featuring these forts have appeared on and in print. Why were these forts designed and located the way they are? Who lived and worked in them? And why were they abandoned? Hear the stories and learn about efforts to document and preserve these massive but crumbling masonry forts threatened by coastal land loss and sea-level rise.


How to create a pro forma and budget for your project
October 8, 2020

When buying or renovating a historic house, it’s important to ensure that the project will be financially feasible before you make a commitment. Tune into this free online class to learn how real estate professionals plan budgets and estimate expenses so you can maximize the return on investment on your next project.

Download class materials: Pro forma template  •  Personal Financial Statement Template  •  Slideshow


Historic Tax Credits and Tax Abatement
September 30, 2020

Learn how to utilize federal and state historic tax credits to receive back 40 percent of qualifying costs on historic renovation projects. This class, taught by Jason Riggs and Nathan Marx of Historic Pro Nola, LLC, will provide an overview of how the program works, what projects qualify, and how to successfully complete a project to earn back the maximum amount. Also learn how to utilize the Restoration Tax Abatement program to freeze property taxes at pre-renovation levels for up to five years when you rehabilitate a vacant property.


How to Evaluate a Historic Property for Pre-Purchase
September 24, 2020

Making an informed decision about purchasing a historic property requires a deep understanding of building materials and systems. This primer taught by real estate agent Josh Walther, co-founder of the Witry Collective, and Gabrielle LeBlanc, a licensed home inspector with Axelrad & Associates Home Inspections, explains how to view a property with the eyes of an investor. Topics covered include foundations, roofs, siding, windows and more.


Financing a Renovation
September 22, 2020

Renovations can be a great investment, but often require specialized financing tools. Learn about a wide variety of financing options, including single close loans for purchase and renovation, and how to utilize a home equity line of credit.

Download class materials: Slideshow  •  Steps to a perfect renovation loan  •  Limited 203(k) customer checklist  •  New home improvement trends  •  Compare renovation loans


Buying and Renovating 101: for Homeowners or Investors
September 1, 2020

Renovating a property can be a great investment if you’re prepared for the process. This class will focus on key topics, including how to determine if a renovation project is right for you; the different approaches to renovations; financing options; and a basic timeline of a renovation project. The workshop is taught by Charles Urstadt, a veteran real estate investor, and Randall Duplessis, designer and builder with Cohesive LLC.


2020 Virtual Shotgun House Tour
September July 5 – August 23, 2020

Although we have missed seeing everyone in person, we had so much fun joining you online this summer in the PRC’s first virtual Shotgun House Tour series presented by Entablature Design + Build & Entablature Realty! During the pandemic, the online programs have been a great way to transition the PRC’s annual Shotgun House Tour to a safe format, so everyone could enjoy these beautiful homes.

Spotlighting a different house each week in July and August – plus CR Coffee Shop, which was scheduled to be our tour headquarters in March – these virtual tours illustrated the many ways that owners have renovated their historic homes to meet the demands of modern life. We came away awed by their creativity and imagination.

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2020 Spring Classes

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Posada en la Antigua Cárcel: A Virtual Tour of the Inn at the Old Jail
July 23, 2020

Built in 1902 as a New Orleans police jail and patrol station, this Queen Anne beauty at 2552 St. Philip St. became a library, then a community center before it was damaged and abandoned in the flood following Hurricane Katrina. Innkeepers Liz and Raul Canache tell the serendipitous story of traveling in South and Central America for decades only to end up purchasing this labor of love at auction while visiting New Orleans for a family reunion in 2014. The couple have creatively restored the building, converting the crumbling Treme building into a welcoming nine-room boutique inn rich with architectural details and antiques.


Beams and Brews goes to Central City
June 25, 2020

Take a virtual tour of a beautifully restored 19th-century corner store and shotgun house complex. This project features a 2,600-square-foot commercial space plus five apartments and a freestanding single shotgun house, each available for rent. Kirk Williamson, developer with Chester Development, LLC; Jose Villeda, contractor with JLV Construction; and Jason Riggs, tax credit consultant with Historic Pro NOLA, will lead the tour and provide tips and best practices for completing a high-quality commercial renovation as an investment.




Preservation Fest 2020
May 28, 2020

Click on the following links to see each video from this all-day virtual festival filled with thought-provoking programs: Preservation issues — learning from the past, guiding the future  •  Get plastered with master plasterer Jeff Poree  •  Virtual walking tour of Gentilly Terrace  •  Virtual tour of Brennan’s Restaurant and Bananas Foster demonstration  •  Saving Straight University  •  Saving the former St. Francis de Sales Church  •  In praise of the Pythian  •  Exploring the renovation of McDonogh 30  •  Sprucing up with textiles  •  The Dreamsicle Flip and other forgotten treasures



See the full list of upcoming online programs