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 prc@prcno.org.

 

Virtual Shotgun Home Tour: The Home of Taylor & Martin Pospisil
Sunday, August 9  •  Click here to watch the recording!

Taylor and Martin Pospisil’s Greek Revival double shotgun house was on the PRC’s Shotgun House Tour in 2015 when attendees were able to see the owner’s unit and rear rental. Since then, the family has grown, and, over the past year, the home has undergone a full renovation, reclaiming square footage from the rental and adding additional bedrooms and living space to make the property more family friendly. Contractor Stewart Schmidt of Renaissance Renovations and Beetle Hillary of Palm Orleans, a fabric and wallcovering company, join the homeowners to lead the tour and answer questions about the renovation.

 

Virtual Shotgun House Tour: The Home of Beth Biundo
Sunday, August 2  •  Click here to watch the recording!

Explore the home of Beth Biundo, pastry chef and owner of Beth Biundo Sweets bakery. The renovation retained the distinctive four-sided fireplace with original mantels, original hardwood floors and a simple floor plan for modern living. Juxtaposed with the historic character of the house is a contemporary rear master suite that opens to a tropical oasis with luxurious pool and cabana.

 

Virtual Shotgun House Tour: CR Coffee Shop
Sunday, July 26  •  Click here to watch the recording!

Talk small business on Magazine Street while viewing half of a classic shotgun double that was transformed into a cute coffeeshop. This fun discussion about adaptive reuse highlights the different considerations of home versus business.

 

Posada en la Antigua Cárcel: A Virtual Tour of the Inn at the Old Jail
Thursday, July 23  •  Click here to watch the recording!

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.

 

Virtual Shotgun House Tour: The Home of Jessica and Joe Cloyd
Sunday, July 19  •  Click here to watch the recording!

After completing several historic renovation projects in Ocean Springs, MS, Jessica and Joe Cloyd purchased and renovated this camelback double shotgun house on Upperline Street. With new modern additions – including a large gourmet kitchen – and the thoughtful retention of historic floors and features, the Cloyd’s renovation created a modern home with historic New Orleans charm for their growing family.

 

Virtual Shotgun House Tour: The Home of Michele Diboll
Sunday, July 12  •  Click here to watch the recording!

Homeowner Michele Diboll turned to Entablature Design + Build to help her breathe new life into an Irish Channel double shotgun house. The remarkable renovation features a mix of classic and modern design choices. Chris Kornman, partner with Entablature Design + Build, shares details about this renovation project and showcases the clever floor plan and the original building materials that were saved and reused throughout.

 

Virtual Shotgun House Tour: An Introduction to Shotguns
Sunday, July 5  •  Click here to watch the recording!

Katrina Horning, head guide and founder of New Orleans Architecture Tours, virtually brings you through New Orleans neighborhoods, re-introducing you to the shotgun house with its unique history, styles and forms.

 

Beyond the Walls: Selecting paint colors for the interior and exterior of your home
Friday, June 12  •  Click here to watch the recording!

Join Brooke Cranford of Brooke Cranford Design to explore the world of color. Learn how to create color schemes appropriate for your architecture, neighborhood and style. This talk will provide practical tips on which elements to paint and with what finishes, how to test colors, and what to ask a painter before a job begins, as well as types of paint and specifications for zero VOC paints.

 

An Architectural History of the U.S. Custom House
Tuesday, June 9  •  Click here to watch the recording!

Tulane University Architecture Professor John Klingman talks about the U.S. Custom House in New Orleans. Klingman has been involved with preservation studies on the building as well as major renovation/restoration projects, spanning more than 20 years with Waggonner and Ball Architects.

 

Understanding homeowners and Flood Insurance
Wednesday, June 3  •  Click here to watch the recording!

Learn how to evaluate your homeowners and flood insurance policies in this informative talk with Alyssa Barre’ Bourgeois, private client producer with Eustis Insurance & Benefits. Bourgeois will explain how premiums are set, how to get the coverage you need, and how to minimize both your costs and liability. She also will review flood zone maps and provide a comprehensive explanation of how they impact rates. As hurricane season begins, now is the time to review your coverage.

 

Preservation Fest 2020
Thursday, May 28

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

 

Celebrated Architects of New Orleans and Their Noteworthy Buildings
Wednesday, May 20  •  Click here to watch the recording!

Delve into the lives of the renowned architects who created some of New Orleans most beloved landmarks. James Gallier Sr., James Dakin, William Freret and Thomas Sully will be the focus of this online presentation by Katrina Horning, founder of New Orleans Architecture Tours.

 

New Orleans, An Urban History: Part Two
Friday, May 15  •  Click here to watch the recording!

A continuation of architect and architectural historian Robert Cangelosi Jr.’s talk, part two of “New Orleans, An Urban History” discusses the city’s history from the conclusion of Reconstruction to the present day.

 

 

Managing Moisture: How to Identify and Repair Damage Caused by Water Intrusion
Wednesday, May 13  •  Click here to watch the recording!

This class taught by Bill Robinson of Train2Build provides an in-depth look at how to identify water intrusion or excess moisture in your home, including wood siding, brick and stucco exteriors, and provides best practices on how to halt and repair damage.

 

Climate Resilience for Existing and Historic Communities
Monday, May 11  •  Click here to watch the recording!

We continue examining what climate change means for historic neighborhoods with a closer look at resilience projects in New Orleans and our neighboring coastal communities, discussing ways to prepare the places we love for our warmer, wetter future.

 

New Orleans, An Urban History: Part One
Friday, May 8  •  Click here to watch the recording!

New Orleans, An Urban History, is a two-part discussion on the history of New Orleans presented by architect and architectural historian Robert Cangelosi, Jr. Part One discusses the city’s geography and history from its establishment in 1718 through the end of Reconstruction in 1877.

 

 

Maximize Your Renovation Budget with the Restoration Tax Abatement Program
Monday, May 4  •  Click here to watch the recording!

Learn about the Restoration Tax Abatement (RTA) program, which provides an up-to ten-year abatement of property taxes (ad valorem) on renovations and improvements of existing commercial structures and owner-occupied residences located within economic development districts, downtown development districts, historic districts, and opportunity zones.

 

Mid-Century Modern Architecture of New Orleans
Friday, May 1  •  Click here to watch the recording!

John P. Klingman, Emeritus Professor of Architecture at Tulane University, presents an overview of Mid-Century Modern architecture in New Orleans.

 

 

 

Historic Buildings as a Climate Response Tool
Monday, April 27  •  Click here to watch the recording!

This thought-provoking conversation examines ways that our historic city can meet the challenges of climate change and sea level rise. Andrew Potts, JD, of ICOMOS and the Climate Heritage Network, and Z Smith, FAIA, Director of Sustainability and Building Performance at Eskew Dumez Ripple, discuss why building reuse and renewal are essential in the global fight against climate change.

 

DIY Home Inspection, Part II – Interior Systems
Friday, April 24  •  Click here to watch the recording!

Learn about New Orleans’ late 19th and 20th century architecture and neighborhoods with Michelle Stanard Duhon, founder of Bayou Preservation and Southkick, LLC. Duhon explains the origins and identifying features of common styles including Eastlake, Arts and Crafts and more.

 

Maximize Your Profit on an Investment Property Renovation with Historic Tax Credits
Wednesday, April 22  •  Click here to watch the recording!

Learn about federal and state historic tax credits for renovations of historic buildings with Clay Colton, founder of Baseline Historic Tax Credit Advisors, and Carling Dinkler, vice president of Enhanced Capital.

 

Freshen Up Your Home with Tips From Decorator Chad Graci
Monday, April 20  •  Click here to watch the recording!

Decorator Chad Graci of Graci Interiors provides tips, tricks and quick pick-me-ups for Spring.

 

 

 

State of New Orleans Housing Market – Part II
Friday, April 17  •  Click here to watch the recording!

Realtor Katie Witry of the Witry Collective and Mortgage Originator/Vice President Joe Uzee of Gulf Coast Bank & Trust discuss the continued impact of the COVID 19 shutdown on the housing market, including insights into mortgage rates, the amount of properties for sale in the New Orleans area, and whether now might be the right time for you to buy, sell or refinance a home.

 

Evolution of New Orleans Historic Architecture and Neighborhoods – Part II
Wednesday, April 15  •  Click here to watch the recording!

Learn about New Orleans’ late 19th and 20th century architecture and neighborhoods with Michelle Stanard Duhon, founder of Bayou Preservation and Southkick, LLC. Duhon explains the origins and identifying features of common styles including Eastlake, Arts and Crafts and more.

 

DIY Home Inspection – Exterior Systems
Monday, April 13 & Wednesday, April 29  •  Click here to watch the recording!

Amelia Yates, Revival Grants manager with the Preservation Resource Center and a licensed home inspector with Axelrad & Associates Home Inspections, walks you through an inspection of the exterior of a home, examining foundations, siding and roof, and shows you how to identify early signs of water or pest intrusion.

 

Best Practices in Historic Renovation
Friday, April 10  •  Click here to watch the recording!

Learn practical information about how to take on a renovation from historic renovation expert Mike Bertel, the founder of Inhab Group. Topics covered include pre-construction assessments and inspections, how to determine which materials can and should be retained and how to integrate modern building systems (HVAC, electrical, plumbing) into a historic structure.

 

Evolution of New Orleans Historic Architecture and Neighborhoods – Part I
Wednesday, April 8  •  Click here to watch the recording!

Learn about early New Orleans’ architecture and neighborhoods with Michelle Stanard Duhon, founder of Bayou Preservation and Southkick, LLC. Duhon explains the origins and identifying features of pre-Civil War architecture as well as how neighborhoods developed in the 18th and first part of the 19th centuries. Topics of interest include French Colonial, Creole and Greek Revival styles.

 

How to Repair, Restore and Reglaze Your Wood Windows
Monday, April 6  •  Click here to watch the recording!

In this virtual “hands-on” video tutorial, Bill Robinson of Train2Build shows you how to bring your historic wood windows back to life by identifying major building components and materials and demonstrating step-by-step how to take a window apart, repair it and put it back together.

 

State of the New Orleans Housing Market
Friday, April 3  •  Click here to watch the recording!

With the economy in flux as a result of global efforts to fight Covid-19, the local housing market is shifting daily. Join Realtor Katie Witry of the Witry Collective and Mortgage Originator/Vice President Joe Uzee of Gulf Coast Bank & Trust to gain a better understanding of how interest rates have been affected, what is currently on the market, and whether now might be the right time for you to buy, sell, or refinance a home. This talk also provides information on critical housing protections now in place, including mortgage payment deferment and the moratorium on evictions.

 

See the full list of upcoming online programs