Home for the Holidays. For 48 years, the Preservation Resource Center’s Holiday Home Tour has opened the doors to extraordinary private homes, all dressed up for the season. Presented by McEnery Residential, the event, Dec. 9-10, ushers in a season of warmth and hospitality, gratitude and joy. We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones at the Holiday Home Tour headquarters and boutique at Louise S. McGehee School.

Every year, the tour gives us a chance to admire the gorgeous architecture of the Garden District. This neighborhood boasts magnificent Greek Revival and Italianate mansions, as well as modest homes, including plenty of shotguns that, too, display incredible craftsmanship. Walking along the brick sidewalks framed by live oaks and iron fences, it’s easy to feel festive and to develop an even deeper appreciation of New Orleans’ historic neighborhoods.

Development of the Garden District began around 1832 and was originally incorporated as the City of Lafayette, the seat of Jefferson Parish. The PRC’s Holiday Home Tour was born in 1975 as four homeowners around First Street opened their houses for the inaugural “Candlelight Christmas Celebration.” While the name has changed, the seasonal cheer has not. This tour is PRC’s biggest annual event, and it’s also a time to celebrate the passion we all share for our city’s historic neighborhoods.

Welcome home!


Click the links below to read about each of the homes on tour


2618 Coliseum Street

Home of Erika & Ted Elliott


1308 Washington Avenue

Home of W. Howard Moses


2808 St. Charles Avenue

Home of Neely & Steve Griffith


1328 Felicity Street

Home of Scott K. James & Gregory Morey


1405 St. Mary Street

Home of Courtney & R.J. Marse


1415 St. Mary Street

Home of Anna & Tim Lucas


100 Audubon Boulevard

Home of Mary and William “Bill” Hines
Patron Party House