Commission Chairman Ralph Lupin and Director Lary Hesdorffer presented the architectural awards, which recognize excellence in restoration, renovation, reconstruction, rehabilitation and new construction.
The commission formerly presented awards every year, but since Katrina it had held only one previous ceremony, in 2008, honoring projects completed during 2004-07.
The efforts of Louisiana’s early preservationists finally succeeded in the 1930s with the creation of the Vieux Carré Commission. An amendment to the Louisiana Constitution of 1921 specifically addressed the preservation of the “quaint” traditional architecture in New Orleans’ Vieux Carré and enabled the creation of a municipal body to safeguard the structures bounded by Iberville Street, Esplanade Avenue, North Rampart Street and the Mississippi River.
For complete information about the VCC, visit the Vieux Carré Commission section of the City of New Orleans website, or go directly to the sections of interest using these links: