Take your next Zoom meeting in a (virtual) historic New Orleans landmark

Tired of taking Zoom meetings at your kitchen counter? The Preservation Resource Center has just the thing to jazz up your next video conference call or get-together — no house tidying required. In fact, you can perch yourself inside the historic Saenger Theater or make your colleagues jealous as you appear to sit in a gorgeous French Quarter courtyard.

The PRC is offering the free use of 10 photographs from our latest book, Building on the Past: Saving Historic New OrleansFollow the directions below to set a virtual background in the Zoom app, and view our selection of free images below.

Using Virtual Background

  1. Download your favorite image from the list below. Click the thumbnail preview to expand the full image, right click, and select “Save image as.”
  2. Sign in to the Zoom desktop client.
  3. Click your profile picture then click Settings.
  4. Select Virtual Background. Note: If you do not have the Virtual Background tab and you have enabled it on the web portal, sign out of the Zoom Desktop Client and sign in again.
  5. Upload your own image by clicking + and choosing the image you downloaded during step 1. If prompted, click “Download” to download the package for virtual background without a green screen.

These are just a few of the beautiful images of historic architecture, shot by photojournalist Chris Granger, for Building on the Past: Saving Historic New Orleans. The book, published by the Preservation Resource Center, chronicles modern efforts to save the soul of a 300-year-old city. Told through a series of inspiring building profiles, this book shares the stories of the people behind the places and their journeys to preserve the history as well as the bricks and mortar. If you’re inspired by these images, please consider buying a copy of Building on the Past: Saving Historic New Orleans. Proceeds from the book support the work of the Preservation Resource Center, as we fulfill our mission to preserve New Orleans’ historic architecture, neighborhoods and cultural identity through collaboration, empowerment and service to our community.