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Thursday, February 9 • 10:00am - 12:00pm
Walking Tour: The Vieux Carré (French Quarter)

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Guide: John P. Klingman, Favrot Professor of Architecture, Tulane University

This tour explores New Orleans’s original city, the famed Vieux Carre, founded in 1718. Learn how the 1721 city plan reflected the unique site and environment, and see how this synergy has evolved over almost two centuries. Learn to recognize the influences of France, Spain, Africa, and the West Indies in the unique architecture and building typologies of creole cottage, creole townhouse, and the later shotgun. Along the way, we will note the range of designs for the signature elements of New Orleans architecture, and discuss critical preservation issues: the changing socioeconomic status of the neighborhood over time, and the documentation and supervision of French Quarter buildings. Finally, we will consider twenty-first century stresses upon this national treasure, highlighting current successes and challenges.

Our end-point is the historic Napoleon House on Chartres Street—a dining opportunity.

Tour participants should meet on the first level across from the bank of elevators, in front of the Spirits bar. Please be early, as tours will leave on time. Look for the tour leader’s purple Mardi Gras hat.

Max participants: 22

Fee: $40

Thursday February 9, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm CST
Meet in hotel lobby (First Level, next to Spirits Bar)