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• Chartres Street Ticket: $175 per person (includes admission for one to the gala)
• Toulouse Street Ticket: $275 per person (includes admission for one to the gala and the patron party)
• Royal Street Ticket: $3,000 per table or $400 per person (The purchase of a Royal Street reserved table includes admission for eight to the gala, the patron party, and a behind-the-scenes champagne tour of The Historic New Orleans Collection's properties with Executive Director Priscilla Lawrence on Tuesday, May 3. An individual Royal Street ticket includes these same benefits for one.)
Join The Historic New Orleans Collection as it toasts its 50th anniversary at Soiree d'Or, a black-tie gala on Wednesday, May 4. The museum, research center and publisher is hosting anniversary events throughout 2016, but the gala presents a unique opportunity to celebrate in style with live, local music and with food from an iconic New Orleans restaurateur, all at the beautifully renovated Orpheum Theater. Guests will enjoy performances by the Preservation Hall All-Stars, JMO - The Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra and Joe Lastie Jr. and the Lastie Family Gospel as well as menu selections from Ralph Brennan Catering.
Lewis Kemper Williams and Leila Hardie Moore Williams, two longtime private collectors, founded the organization in 1966 to make their extensive collection of materials available to the public for continued research and scholarship. As the institution's staff and holdings grew, these materials became the foundation for its changing exhibitions and original publications. Today, THNOC manages two facilities in the French Quarter: the Williams Research Center and Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art at 400-410 Chartres St., and a complex of buildings-including a former residence of the Williamses-at its flagship location, 533 Royal St. A third property, at 520 Royal St., is currently under renovation and is scheduled to open to the public in time for New Orleans's tricentennial in 2018.
Tickets for the gala are now available for purchase. Prices start at $175 for the gala and $275-$3,000 for the patron party.
For more information or to order tickets, visit www.hnoc.org or call (504) 523-4662. Soirée d'Or is made possible by THNOC and its anniversary gala committee, with additional support from BBC Destination Management, Preservation Hall Foundation and Ralph Brennan Catering and Events.
THNOC publication "Henry Howard: Louisiana's Architect" captures award
The Historic New Orleans Collection is pleased to announce that its publication "Henry Howard: Louisiana's Architect," which was co-published by the Princeton Architectural Press, has received the Victorian Society in America's Henry-Russell Hitchcock Award.
This honor reflects author and photographer Robert S. Brantley's decades-long effort to document the work of one of Louisiana's most prolific architects of the 19th century with the help of his late wife, Jan White Brantley, and the late Victor McGee, a direct descendant of the book's subject. The volume provides a comprehensive survey of Howard's career, lavishly illustrated with photographs both new and historical, and interspersed with archival drawings and plans.
"I am grateful for all the hard work and astuteness of The Collection's editors and for the untiring effort and knowledge of the editors of Princeton Architectural Press, who have helped make this work on Henry Howard a success," said Brantley. "Mostly, I am forever in the debt of my beloved wife, Jan, for her unwavering support and talents in both research and photography and to my friend Victor McGee for keeping the memory of Henry Howard alive and for all his insightful thoughts and work in the writing of this book. Lastly, to Henry Howard, without whose genius this work would not need to exist."
Given annually, the Henry-Russell Hitchcock Award is one of three book awards that the Victorian Society in America (VSA) presents to works "that best advance an understanding or appreciation of the decorative arts or architecture of the 19th century." This particular prize honors works "centered on architecture or the decorative arts," including biographies of designers or architects.
"We are thrilled to see Howard's contribution to 19th-century architecture acknowledged by such a significant organization as the Victorian Society in America," said Dorothy Ball, senior editor at THNOC who headed the project, "We congratulate Robert Brantley, along with Jan and Victor McGee, for the phenomenal effort they expended in bringing this unsung story to light."
The Victorian Society in America, which has a sister organization in the United Kingdom, was founded in 1966 and is committed to historic preservation and the protection, understanding, education and enjoyment of 19th-century heritage. The society's 15 chapters across the country host a wide range of local events and lectures that help promote its enrichment and publication work. "Old House Journal" identified the founding of the society as one of the 25 most significant milestones in American preservation.
The award will be presented at The Victorian Society in America's annual meeting this year on April 30 in Los Angeles.
The Catahoula Hotel, a 35-room boutique hotel nestled in the Central Business District, is officially open . The café and bar will be open between 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. daily for coffee, cocktails and a full menu.
The Catahoula is a former Creole Townhouse which now resides amongst skyscrapers in downtown New Orleans. A Peruvian-inspired cafe/bar is at street level, 35 hotel rooms above, and tropical courtyards, balconies and terraces throughout. Rooms start at $129.
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Join your friends for free Zumba classes at the Peristyle in New Orleans City Park. New Orleans City Park, Elmwood Fitness Center, and Ochsner are excited to bring the community yet another way to exercise in the Park. Come ready to dance away stress and have some fun. Wear appropriate workout attire, gym shoes, and bring H2O as you'll work up a sweat!
-Rain or shine!
-Saturdays: April 2nd through May 7th
-8 am until 8:45 am
-The Peristyle in New Orleans City Park (near the intersection of Dreyfous and Anseman)
-Free and no reservations are needed
-For further information call 733-1600.