The unassuming 1970s apartment building on Napoleon Avenue and Chestnut Street could have met the wrecking ball. It’s not the kind of building New Orleanians tend to rally around. Instead, it was given a new life as the Cypres Condos. On Wednesday, the Preservation Resource Center will celebrate its renovation by holding a Beams and Brews at the site. These happy hours give the public an insiders’ view of some of the city’s most interesting renovation projects, while sipping adult beverages.
Seven stunning homes in the Garden District and Lower Garden District will open their doors this weekend for a New Orleans tradition and holiday calendar highlight. Equipped with festive decoration and live performances by local musicians, these private residences will host the PRC’s 44th annual Holiday Home Tour this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15. The tour headquarters at Trinity Episcopal Church, you’ll find a holiday boutique with great gifts, handmade jewelry, artwork, and more, as well as a café with seasonal treats by Gracious Bakery. Holiday Home Tour
Saturday & Sunday, Dec.
Musician PJ Morton had not heard of Buddy Bolden until three years ago, when the Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church, where his parents are pastors, planned to turn Bolden’s former Central City home into a parking lot. The architect for the project, a longtime friend of Morton’s, sent him an article about Bolden, the cornetist considered the founding father of jazz. “[He] was like ‘Hey man your mom, they just tried to knock down Buddy Bolden’s house,’” Morton said. “And I’m like, ‘Who’s Buddy Bolden?’”
Now Morton has joined forces with the Preservation Resource Center and Marcelin Engineering to renovate the house as well as the identical house adjacent to it.
Shotgun houses are a beloved part of New Orleans’ historic architecture, but can they accommodate the needs of a modern family? This weekend, March 23-24, the Preservation Resource Center’s annual Shotgun House Tour will show off seven Uptown shotgun homes chosen for their smart, innovative renovations. The tour highlights the livability and versatility of these shotgun houses: Daneel & Jim Watson, 925 Dufossat St.; Margaret & Walker Saik, 5202 Chestnut St.; Carter & Claiborne Perrilliat, 5242 Coliseum St.; Mr. & Mrs. Charles Marshall Jr., 1126 Valmont St.; Celeste Marshall, 547 Octavia St.; Dr. & Mrs. Michael Graham II, 5409 Laurel St.; Tanga Winstead, 4882 Annunciation St. The self-guided tour takes place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Start at the tour headquarters: St.