Quarterly Care Workshop: Residential Lighting

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Monday, March 6, 2023  •  5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Golden Lantern  •  1239 Royal St.
Led by Bryan D. Block

Join us on a short tour to learn about residential lighting in the Vieux Carré!

FREE for members / $10 for non-members — limited space available.
R.S.V.P. required. Don’t know if you’re a member? Call 504.342.4760 or email brook@vccfoundation.org if you have any questions or need to check your membership status.

Appropriate lighting (the type and placement) plays an important role in maintaining the authentic historic character of a building and its surrounding area while also allowing people to feel safe and permitting the evening use of outdoor spaces such as a courtyard. There are many factors to consider when choosing lighting: quality, intensity, temperature, decorative vs. functional, fixture visibility, lamp type, location, and more. We know this can be overwhelming, so we want to take you on tour after dark. Bryan D. Block, Director of the Vieux Carré Commission, is going to help us better understand the good and the bad, then stick around for some lighting-related questions. As the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) Lighting Handbook says: “Any and all outdoor lighting should be employed only when deemed necessary and applied with great care.”

Thank you to the VCC Staff for assisting with the planning and execution of this important workshop.

The Quarterly Care Workshop series is designed to provide hands-on demonstrations and resources to property owners and caretakers about the nuts-and-bolts of architectural preservation. Maintenance is preservation – and proper maintenance will protect historic structures from untimely deterioration. This workshop series is part of a multi-tiered education initiative that will teach people of all ages and backgrounds about the value of the French Quarter’s architecture and proper stewardship of their historic structures through compliance with the Vieux Carré Design Guidelines. Our goal is to raise awareness of the French Quarter’s cultural, economic, and historical value, as well as to concretely educate people about the nuts-and-bolts of architectural preservation by way of demonstrations and resources to French Quarter stakeholders that directly yield value to the district’s distinctive character.

Space will be limited at many of the sites, so the workshops will be videotaped and available via our YouTube channel for future reference.