Preserving the Spirit of the Vieux Carré

The Foundation’s mission is to support the Vieux Carré Commission, which protects, preserves, and maintains the distinct architecture, historic character, and zoning integrity of the French Quarter.

About Us

The roots of the Vieux Carré Commission Foundation go back more than thirty years, to 1986, when the organization was first chartered to coordinate the celebration and commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Vieux Carré Commission (“VCC”). Following the 50th anniversary events, the organization largely lay dormant for many years. The legal status and existence of the incorporated entity remained intact, however, together with a modest treasury. Several members of the original chartering group ‒ Stewart Farnet, Bitsie Werlein Mouton, and Darryl Berger ‒ remained interested in re-energizing and repurposing this organization. Thus after many years of dormancy ‒ and stimulated in part by the post-Katrina challenges faced by the VCC ‒ this organization was redefined in 2008 as the Friends of the Vieux Carré Commission, with a revised charter and restructured board of directors. In 2011, the newly revitalized organization hosted its first major fundraiser in honor of the VCC’s 75th anniversary. In 2012, the organization’s name was changed to the Vieux Carré Commission Foundation (“Foundation”) to more accurately reflect a broader mission and purpose.

Our Mission

The Foundation’s mission is to support and further the cause and constitutional charge of the Vieux Carré Commission: to preserve and to protect the invaluable historic architectural heritage of New Orleans’ French Quarter. The Foundation pursues this mission by funding and completing major projects for the benefit of the VCC, which the agency is unable to pursue on their own due to a limited municipal budget and staff.

Vieux Carré Design Guidelines

The “Design Guidelines for the Vieux Carré Historic District” are a comprehensive guide for preserving and protecting the district’s architectural and historical resources. These new guidelines provide detailed information and illustrations to instruct property owners, design professionals, contractors, Vieux Carré Commission staff, and the commissioners regarding appropriate exterior changes to properties within the historic district.

These guidelines are published in an attractive hardback book format consisting of 200-plus pages illustrated with 369 color photographs and 219 drawings.

Adopted by the New Orleans City Council in August 2015, this guide is an accessible, up-to-date, superior replacement of its predecessor – the abbreviated, highly technical Design Guidelines from 1986.

Hardbound copies of the “Design Guidelines for the Vieux Carré Historic District” are available for purchase online by following this link.

Click here to read the Design Guidelines online.

Exterior Lighting Design Guidelines

This detailed analysis of the Vieux Carré’s nighttime environment was designed to meet the needs of the French Quarter in regard to critical issues of security, pedestrian safety and aesthetics, not only for property owners, but also for the neighborhood’s 9-million-plus visitors per year. The results were incorporated into new state‐of‐the‐art lighting guidelines for the Vieux Carré Commission.

Click here to read the Exterior Lighting Design Guidelines online.

Click here to read the Vieux Carré Site Lighting Study online.


Consider joining the ranks of Vieux Carré Commission Foundation members! The membership of hundreds of people like yourself, in all corners of the country, demonstrates the national importance of the Vieux Carré Historic District and the Foundation’s essential role in its preservation. Benefits include notification of Vieux Carré Commission meetings, Foundation events, and other news, as well as free admission to the Vieux Carré Architectural Awards. Benefits will be growing along with membership numbers!

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Spirit of the Vieux Carré Gala 2016

Vieux Carré Commission Foundation thanks the supporters of the Spirit of the Vieux Carre´ Gala · Hosted by Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts · Monday, October 24, 2016 at Marché · Cuisine by: The Bombay Club, Broussard’s, Kingfish, Marché, Tommy's · St. Louis Sponsors: Louellen & Darryl Berger / Jax Brewery Development Corporation · Royal Sponsors: Richard & Ryan Adkerson · Orleans Sponsors: Antoine’s Restaurant · The Helis Foundation · John D. Kirkendoll / Freedom First, LLC · Mr. & Mrs. Gordon McLeod · New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau · Kimberly & Harry Rosenberg · Royal Antiques · Tesler Preservation Consulting · Hugh Uhalt · Valentino New Orleans Hotels · Chloe & Robert Watters · Bourbon Sponsors: 716 Dauphine Street · Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights · Virginia Boulet & Alvin R. Albe, Jr. · Jeanne Michelle Broom · Barry Cazaubon & Robert McCabe · David A. Dalia · Terry & Lynette DuFrene · Charlie Fenton, Vice President / Whitney Bank · French Quarter Realty · Richard Gratia / Muriel’s Jackson Square · Mr. Claudio Hemb / HEMBCO · Herman, Herman & Katz, LLC · The Historic New Orleans Collection · Susan Hoffman · Gregory Holt & Lucy Burnett · Jack Sutton Fine Jewelry · Anne & James Morse · Mr. & Mrs. Peter Moss · New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation · Pat O’Brien’s · Phelps Dunbar LLP · Gordon Stevens / New Orleans Steamboat Company · Southern Candymakers · Trapolin-Peer Architects, APC

Our annual fall gala was a great success!  Thank you to all of our sponsors, patrons, host restaurants, and volunteers for supporting a good party and a great cause.

At Marché
On Dutch Alley  ·  914 N. Peters Street
Hosted by Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts

Monday, October 24, 2016, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cuisine by
The Bombay Club  ·  Broussard’s  ·  Kingfish  ·  Marché  ·  Tommy’s

Music by
Tim Laughlin
Courtesy of Valentino New Orleans Hotels

Event Chairs: Lisa & Rick Blount
Honorary Chairs: Mark Romig & David Briggs

Marviani Ammari  ·  Sydney F. Anderson  ·  Nadine Blake  ·  Barry Cazaubon & Robert McCabe  ·  Terry A. DuFrene  ·  Melissa Gibbs  ·  Lary Hesdorffer & Ed Jimenez  ·  Susan Klein  ·  Anne & Jimmy Morse  ·  Peter Moss  ·  Kathryn & Gordon McLeod  ·  Betty H. Norris  ·  Steve Richards  ·  Kimberly W. Rosenberg