Events Calendar

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Behind the Walls of the Vieux Carre: Courtyard and Homes Tour

Sunday, May 18th, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

FOC-LMF members $30/$45 Couples

General Admission: $40/$60

Pedicab ticket $150 for 2 guests (Reservation Required)

Guests are invited to tour private home and courtyards and experience life behind the walls of of the French Quarter. The self-guided tours leave from the 1850 House Museum Store and tickets will be available the day of the event. Guests are also invited for refreshments at Madame John’s Legacy after completing the tour.

Departure: Self-guided tours leave from the 1850 House Museum Store (523 St. Ann Street)

Courtyard/Home Tour: Member Ticket
Courtyard/Home Tour: Member Couple Ticket
Courtyard/Home Tour: GA Ticket
Courtyard/Home Tour: GA Couple Ticket
Courtyard/Home Tour: Pedi Cab Ticket

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFaubourg St. Mary/ Central Business District Tour

Saturday, April 26th,  9 a.m.

Departure: World War II Museum (Main Entrance)

Join the Friends of the Cabildo for a special walking tour of the Faubourg St. Mary, April 26th from the World War II Museum.

This tour was developed by the Friends of the Cabildo for the 2011 American Institute of Architects National Convention. Put on your best walking shoes, bring a bottle of water and a good camera. The Central Business District was originally part of city founder Bienville called Belair.

The land granted to him in 1719 extended to the present day Jefferson Parish line. The plantation house was in the square bounded today by Common, Magazine, Gravier and Tchoupitoulas. In 1726, the Jusuits acquired the lower portion of Bienville’s plantation on which they constructed a plantation house in 1728. The the rest of story of the neighborhood and of the buildings located along the route, including museums, Lee Circle, St. Charles, Lafayette Square and streets such as Camp, Poydras and Julia.

Tickets are extremely limited so don’t miss your chance to take this tour. No tickets are sold on the day of the tour so contact the Friends of the Cabildo office to reserve your spot. Limited to 15 spaces.

CBD Tour:
MEMBER TICKET
CBD Tour:
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET

OrleansNhoodsPeriWebsite3PFOC Adult History Class: Neighborhoods of New Orleans

May 28-June 25th

Wednesday’s 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Lecture 6  – 8 p.m.)

Friends of the Cabildo and the Louisiana State Museum have combined its strong educational backgrounds to create the first Friends of the Cabildo Adult History Class beginning May 28th. Focusing on the diverse and unique Neighborhoods of New Orleans, the five-week class will dissect the distinct areas of the City. Beginning with the French Quarter and Faubourg St. Mary, each session will look at some of the different neighborhoods from the Garden District to Faubourg St. John to suburbanization of the 1950s.

Facilitators of the class include Historia President Dr. Charles Chamberlain, Louisiana State Museum historians Joyce Miller and Dr. Karen Leathem and Historic New Orleans Collection curator John Magill. Classes run for five consecutive Wednesday nights at the Old U.S. Mint (400 Esplanade Avenue) at 5:30 p.m., with lectures from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Students will not given a test at the end or have homework related to the class. The cost for the class is $200, $175 for FOC/LMF Members.

To register for the class contact the FOC office at (504) 523-3939 or register below.

Class Schedule

May 28 – John Magill (French Quarter, Faubourg St. Mary)

June 4 – John Magill (Treme, Bywater, Faubourg St. John, Marigny)

June 11  – Joyce Miller (Garden District, Uptown, Carrollton)

June 18– Karen Leathem (Broadmoor, Mid-City, Gentilly)

June 25  – Charles Chamberlain (Post War: Lakefront, Metairie, West Bank, Chalmette, Northshore)

Adult History Class:
MEMBER TICKET
Adult History Class:
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET

Piety_Bywater_700_Block_Creole_CottageHome Research Seminar

Saturday, June 21st, 10 a.m.

Old U.S. Mint (400 Esplanade Avenue)

Tickets: FOC/LMF/PRC $20, G.A. $30

Friends of the Cabildo will host “Researching your New Orleans Property” Saturday, June 21st. Robert J. Cangelosi, Jr., an Adjunct Lecturer at the Tulane University School of Architecture, will present an in-depth program on historic home research at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue at 10:00 am.

If walls could talk, you would know everything you wanted to know about your property, like who previously owned it, those who slept in it, how old it is, and what secrets it holds. Cangelosi, president of Koch and Wilson Architects, will outline how to develop the history of your property, using primary sources rather than oral traditions and secondary sources, which often are incorrect. Preparation of a “chain of title,” the essential first step in developing a history, will be discussed. The chain document is ownership of a property, which in theory, can be taken back to the early 1700s, during the French Colonial period. The “chain of title” relates to the property, not the improvements, and rarely will the chain alone indicate when improvements were made. Like history detectives, determining when improvements were done involves research into various records, including census, tax, water, building permits, contracts, city directories, newspapers, and more. This program will explain how these records can be used and where to find them.

The architectural style of the improvements can also help date a property. A concise architectural history of New Orleans will be included to help identify the architectural style of your property.

Space is limited. Contact the FOC Office at 523-3939 for reservations or purchase below. Admission is $30.00, $20.00 for FOC/LMF/PRC Members

Home Research:
MEMBER TICKET
Home Research:
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET

1850 House News

New in the Store!

 nolahistorichomesNew Orleans Historic Homes by Bonnie Warren

The rich architectural heritage of its historic homes is preserved in both the grand and simple houses of New Orleans. This collection of essays by Bonnie Warren, with photographs by Cheryl Gerber, features 41 homes from the Garden Distinct to Bywater, and the French Quarter to Pigeon Town. It shares the stories of the residents and explains how modern designs nurture the spirit of the past. Gerber’s stunning photographs and Warren’s colorful articles provide a window
into the rich history of New Orleans. All of the homes featured in the book have been featured in New Orleans Magazine.

Step inside the storied homes of the Crescent City. In their own words, residents offer the histories of both their homes and previous well-known occupants. Lush photographs of stunning exteriors and interior details accompany each essay. From the Garden District to the Faubourg Marigny, author Bonnie Warren and photographer Cheryl Gerber highlight the best of the famous residences of New Orleans.

New Orleans is world famous for its unique residents and stunning architecture. Those who live in
the Crescent City have crafted homes to suit their tastes and needs, creating some of the most
beautiful, fascinating structures in the nation. Explore the private homes of renowned
neighborhoods, including the Garden District, the French Quarter, Bayou St. John, the Bywater,
and the Faubourg Marigny.

Don’t forget… all FOC members receive a 15% discount on all purchases and we sell the Krewe of Rex Merchandise!

Yoga at the Cabildo

Designed for all levels of practice, for travelers and residents alike, Yoga at the Cabildo is set in a light-filled gallery of one of the city’s most beautiful and historic buildings.

Tuesday/Thursdays – 7:30am to 8:30am Saturdays – 8:30am to 9:30am Cabildo 2nd-Floor Gallery

$12 Donation (includes admission to Cabildo Museum) $8 FOC/LMF members