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Biennial lecture on advances in historic preservation presented by VCPORA, Vieux Carré Commission Foundation and THNOC

 

Contacts:

Anne Robichaux, THNOC (504) 598-7137 | anner@hnoc.org 
Meg Lousteau, VCPORA (504) 581-7200 | meglousteau@vcpora.org   
Rachel Robinson, VCC oundation (504) 342-4760 | info@vccfoundation.org

     

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Biennial lecture on advances in historic preservation
presented by VCPORA, Vieux Carré Commission Foundation and THNOC

Pratt W. Cassity to speak at seventh Jacob Haight and Mary Meek Morrison Memorial Lecture

 

March 2014 | New Orleans - Pratt W. Cassity will deliver the seventh Jacob Haight and Mary Meek Morrison Memorial Lecture Sunday, April 6, at 4 p.m. at the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St. Free and open to the public, the illustrated presentation will cover the innovations occurring at the local level in historic districts across the country. "The advances that occur in preservation almost always happen at the local level first, and local citizens have the most at stake when it comes to decisions affecting their historic resources," Cassity said. The lecture spotlights recent American practices in preservation planning and design, specifically how they are reflected in the growth of architectural conservation and community revitalization efforts throughout the world.

 

Cassity's presentation, "Managing Change in Historic Districts: The Evolution of Contextualism and Compatibility," is presented by the Vieux Carré Property Owners, Residents & Associates, Inc., Vieux Carré Commission Foundation and The Historic New Orleans Collection as part of an ongoing series that addresses topics in historic preservation and honors two longtime residents of the Vieux Carré, Jacob Haight and Mary Meek Morrison. Tireless advocates for the French Quarter's preservation from the 1930s onward, the couple was in the vanguard of advancing preservation legislation and raising public awareness of issues in historic preservation.

 

Pratt W. Cassity, who delivered the inaugural Morrison lecture, is director of the Center for Community Design and Preservation in the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia. As senior public service faculty, he teaches graduate courses in historic preservation, landscape architecture and planning. In 1998, he created an ongoing academic course that has placed nearly 500 students in over 90 different community settings across the state to provide local design solutions through a process called a charrette. Cassity holds a Bachelor of Science in horticulture from Mississippi State University, a Master of Science in public and urban affairs from Georgia State University and a certificate in the conservation of traditional structures from the Institute for Advanced Architectural Studies at York University in the United Kingdom.

 

 

The Jacob Haight and Mary Meek Morrison Memorial Lecture

The Jacob Haight and Mary Meek Morrison Memorial Lecture addresses topics in historic preservation and honors two longtime residents of the Vieux Carré, who were also ardent and tireless advocates for its preservation. Beginning in the 1930s and for decades following, the couple was in the vanguard of advancing preservation legislation and raising public awareness of issues in historic preservation. Previous Morrison lecturers are Pratt W. Cassity (2002), Ed McMahon (2003), Anthony M. Tung (2006), Gregory B. Free (2008), Stanley A. Lowe (2010) and Kirk Cordell (2012). The Historic New Orleans Collection houses the Mary Meek Morrison and Jacob H. Morrison Papers, consisting of nearly 94,000 items.


 

Vieux Carré Property Owners, Residents & Associates

First organized in the 1920s, VCPORA's mission is to preserve the Vieux Carré as a national treasure, to maintain its quaint and distinctive character and to achieve in that historic, living neighborhood a quality of life which can be enjoyed by residents, fellow citizens, businesses and visitors. For more information about VCPORA, visit http://www.vcpora.com/ or call (504) 581-7200.

Vieux Carré Commission Foundation

The Vieux Carré Commission Foundation's mission is to support the Vieux Carré Commission in both their endeavors and their physical environment, as well as to educate the public about preservation issues.

The Historic New Orleans Collection

Founded in 1966, The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center and publisher dedicated to the study and preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South region. THNOC is the official archive of Vieux Carré Property Owners, Residents & Associates, Inc. The papers of VCPORA dating from 1950 to 1995 include assorted records, reports, studies, newsletters, board meeting minutes, files and ephemera related to diverse issues confronting the French Quarter and VCPORA's membership. For more information about THNOC, visit http://www.hnoc.org/ or call (504) 523-4662.

 

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