From Exile to Decadence: An LGBT+ History of the FQ

Members of the gay community in New Orleans helped preserve the history and architecture of the French Quarter in the early 20th century while simultaneously fighting personal battles against discrimination and oppression. In this lecture, author Frank Perez will discuss the evolution and progress of the LGBT+ experience in New Orleans through four of its most compelling pillars: Cafe Lafitte in Exile, the UpStairs Lounge, Gay Carnival, and Southern Decadence. 

A Social History of the French Quarter through Madame John’s Legacy

UPDATE: This lecture is now FULL! If you do not have a reservation there will be standing room only. To be placed on the waitlist for a seat, you may email lily@bkhouse.org. Thank you all again so much for the interest! One of the oldest buildings in the Vieux Carre, Madame John’s Legacy has been home to the wealthy and the struggling alike. From a Spanish era ship captain to Mayor James Pitot to temporary boarders, the house’s former residents reflect the changing nature of the neighborhood from 1789 to the 20th century. Mr. Magill will explore how their stories illuminate our understanding of how the French Quarter developed and the lifestyles of those who shaped its identity.

Tickets on sale now for VCPORA’s Tricentennial Gala!

Commemorating both VCPORA’s 80th birthday and the City’s 300th birthday, this special event will feature a silent auction, live music, food provided by our presenting sponsor Creole Cuisine, and picturesque views of the French Quarter from inside the historic Cabildo.

Sustainable travel expert Costas Christ to speak at Morrison Lecture

Sustainable travel expert Costas Christ to speak at Morrison Lecture   Biennial lecture on advances in historic preservation presented by VCPORA, Vieux Carré Commission Foundation, and THNOC   Globetrotting journalist Costas Christ will explore the topic of sustainable tourism at the biennial Jacob Haight and Mary Meek Morrison Memorial Lecture at The Historic New Orleans Collection on Saturday, June 30. The talk, “How Sustainable Tourism is Transforming the Global Travel Industry and What that Means for New Orleans” will take place at 2 p.m. at THNOC’s Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Registration is open on the event page at hnoc.org or by calling (504) 598-7146. The World Travel and Tourism Council labeled sustainable tourism one of the most significant transformations in the history of modern travel. Calling for travelers to create a positive impact on local populations, sustainable tourism advocates emphasize the protection of cultural and natural heritage, social and economic well-being of local people and environmentally-friendly practices. In this presentation, Christ will provide a window into this development and how it is changing the landscape of the modern tourism industry. Costas Christ has traveled to more than 130 countries across six continents. He is an award-winning writer and editor for National Geographic Traveler, and serves as National Geographic’s senior advisor for sustainable tourism. His articles and essays have appeared in national and international publications including the New York Times, Boston Globe and Sunday Times of London, and he has garnered numerous awards and nominations. The lecture is presented by Vieux Carré Property Owners, Residents and Associates Inc., the Vieux Carré Commission...

The Vieux Carré at 300: Grace King

  Grace King and New Orleans: The Place and the People of Her Roots (and Ours) presented by Dr. Miki Pfeffer   Wednesday| May 30, 2018 5:30 reception | 6 pm presentation Beauregard-Keyes House | 1113 Chartres  Seating is limited RSVP on facebook These events are free and open to the public and will take place monthly on weekdays.  Many thanks to the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, their Keep it 300 program, and Union Pacific Railroad for their support of this series. For more opportunities to support our education efforts, please contact info@vcpora.org or bkeyeshouse@gmail.com....

TODAY! Your Chance to Help Fix STRs

One year ago, the City Council legalized short-term rentals. The results have been disastrous for many neighborhoods, especially those in the historic core. Bring your concerns, your complaints, and your ideas to the City Planning Commission meeting today!

“Rosebloom and Pure White,” Or So It Seemed 

Join us this Thursday for “Rosebloom and Pure White,” Or So It Seemed, presented by Dr. Mary Niall Mitchell. A discussion of race and slavery in antebellum New Orleans exploring how the circulation of images of local enslaved children influenced national public opinion during the Civil War

Honor Mom This Mother’s Day!

Make this Mother’s Day extra special for your mother by sponsoring the concert in Cabrini Park to honor your mother or her memory.

At Home Season Finale with the Raines Family!

Please join us for the final At Home in the Vieux Carré of this season! We’ve got a gorgeous house, perfect spring weather, a full menu (including homemade brisket!), wine and bubbles, plus a specialty cocktail from our friends and neighbors at Bar Tonique.

St. Patrick’s Day in the Vieux Carré

Our beloved city has no shortage of culture, especially when it comes to parading! Although there are many other celebrations for St. Patrick’s and St. Joseph’s Days throughout New Orleans, here is a list of what’s going on in the French (Irish? Italian?) Quarter during March.

How to Save a Neighborhood

Neighborhood leaders Nathan Chapman and Keith Hardie will host a dynamic evening on the nuts and bolts of civic advocacy. March 28th and the Beauregard Keyes House. Many more details to come!

VCPORA Seeks Executive Assistant

Organization Description The Vieux Carré Property Owners, Residents, and Associates, or VCPORA, is a leader in the historic preservation movement, having been organized in the 1920s and incorporated on June 8, 1938. VCPORA is one of the oldest architectural and community preservation non-profit organizations in the United States and serves as an advocate for sound planning and zoning rules and the protection of the French Quarter’s architecture and quality of life. Dedicated in its charter to the “preservation, restoration, beautification, and general betterment of the Vieux Carré,” it has been continuously active in these pursuits for over 80 years. Today, VCPORA plays an important part in protecting the French Quarter by: Informing members and the public generally about preservation and zoning  issues Working with the Vieux Carré Commission and other city agencies to maintain the neighborhood’s architectural integrity Working with municipal authorities to monitor and improve enforcement Educating the community via programs about history and preservation Promoting the neighborhood’s residential characteristics Fostering relationships with businesses to improve the quality of life for all Position Summary The board of directors of the Vieux Carré Property Owners, Residents and Associates, Inc. seeks a well-organized, energetic, and personable individual to manage the daily operations of the office and to assist in implementing programs and activities related to the organization’s mission.  He/she will work under the supervision of the Executive Director to provide a strong organizational base and to improve administrative functions throughout VCPORA.  He/she will foster cooperative working relationships among the board, staff, volunteers, and community and will work to raise the level of public awareness and participation in the group’s activities.  The position involves...