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.
Monday, October 24, 2016 · 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Join us for an exclusive, elegant gala at a re-imagined historic property overlooking the river
Event Chairs: Lisa & Rick Blount
Honorary Chairs: Mark Romig & David Briggs
Major Gifts Chair: Terry DuFrene
Marviani Ammari · Sydney Anderson · Nadine Blake · Barry Cazaubon & Robert McCabe · Melissa Gibbs · Lary Hesdorffer & Ed Jiminez · Susan Klein · Anne & Jimmy Morse · Peter Moss · Kathryn Brennan & Gordon McLeod · Betty Norris · Steve Richards · Kimberly Rosenberg
Sponsorship benefits include recognition on event-related marketing and promotional materials, admission to the limited-access gala, and a signed first edition hardback book of Design Guidelines. Benefits vary according to sponsor level. For more details, view or download the sponsorship proposal here.
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.
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.
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.
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!Become a Member