Spirit of the Vieux Carre Gala 2017

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Join us to honor iconic New Orleans at one of our most legendary landmarks!

This purple-rated building is among the most architecturally significant structures in New Orleans – and in the country.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Napoleon House has been home to a mayor, a grocery store, a Prohibition-era tavern, a restaurant, a casual classical music venue, a muffuletta mecca, and a would-be refuge for its revolutionary French namesake.

Pay homage to the patina of two hundred years of colorful history.  Admire the elegant second-floor reception rooms that were once the abode of Mayor Nicholas Girod.  Inhale the ambiance of old New Orleans from the balconies overlooking St. Louis and Chartres.  And tune in to the rollicking acoustic rhythms of Louisiana’s own Grammy-nominated Lost Bayou Ramblers.

The Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group, Chef Chris Montero, and the talented staff of Napoleon House are opening their doors to host the Vieux Carré’s nearest and dearest – their fellow keepers of the Quarter’s ambiance and architecture.

Your participation will directly support the Foundation’s mission and multiple programs.  The Foundation’s charge is to support the Vieux Carré Commission in preserving and protecting not only the French Quarter’s invaluable historic architectural heritage, but also its tout ensemble, or its quaint and distinctive character and ambiance.

Our major ongoing project – the Vieux Carré Virtual Library – is creating a user-friendly online archive of the VCC’s vast collection of slides, photographs and artifacts, while simultaneously safeguarding them from disaster and decay.  With this project now well underway, the Foundation is in the preliminary stages of developing its next major program, which will continue beyond the footsteps of the educational projects that have preceded it.  We look forward to unveiling our plans along with the approach of the Tricentennial in 2018.

Thank you for investing in the Vieux Carré Historic District – the economic base of the city’s booming tourism industry and the cultural foundation of New Orleans’ diverse architecture, population, and traditions.

Sydney Anderson, President
Kathryn Brennan McLeod, Vice President, Gala Chair
T. Gordon McLeod, Gala Chair
Mamie S. Gasperecz, Major Gifts Chair