Gratitude and Farewell to Executive Director Meg Lousteau

Our talented longtime executive director, Meg Lousteau, has accepted a position with the National Trust for Historic Preservation as Associate Field Director for the Houston Field Office and will be stepping down at the end of this calendar year.

Gala Silent Auction Items

Peruse the live auction items available at this year’s Vive le Vieux Carré Tricentennial Gala! Proxy bidding available.

Gala Live Auction Items

Peruse the live auction items available at this year’s Vive le Vieux Carré Tricentennial Gala! Proxy bidding available.

Second Chance to Weigh In on STRs! CPC to Hold Special Meeting

At Tuesday’s marathon City Planning Commission meeting, the commissioners agreed that there had not been enough time for the public, or for themselves, to fully digest and analyze the 155 page staff report. They acted to defer their vote, and to have a second CPC meeting dedicated to short-term rentals.

STRC Forum – September 20, 2018

As the City Planning Commission and City Council contemplate major changes to the existing regulations, the Short-Term Rental Committee is hosting a citywide public forum to discuss the impacts that the industry has had on neighborhoods, housing, and communities.

Public Meeting on the Future of the Wharves

Audubon Nature Institute officials said Tuesday night that, in view of neighborhood opposition, they can’t see turning two newly acquired French Quarter wharves into a highly trafficked entertainment venue.

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.