Heather Veneziano is the principal of Gambrel & Peak, a multifaceted historic preservation consulting firm. She holds advanced degrees in studio-based craft from the University of the Arts and the University of Edinburgh, in addition to a Master of Preservation Studies from Tulane University. Veneziano has lectured nationally as well as internationally on her practice and is the author of numerous conference papers and articles focused on vernacular architecture, deathscapes, ritual, craft, and architectural/landscape preservation.
9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 6
Bayou St. John
10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Gateway to New Orleans: Bayou St. John,1708-2018
Gateway to New Orleans: Bayou St. John, 1708-2018 traces the history and architecture of the historic Faubourg St. John in New Orleans, from pre-colonial days through its evolution from a glorious semi-rural village into a popular suburban neighborhood. Published to commemorate the tricentennial anniversary of the founding of New Orleans, this trek began years ago with editor Mary Louise Christovich's inaugural research and prescient vision of recording the history and architecture of this, the future city's first European settlement. Through rich narratives, scholarly research, and gripping historical accounts, the book transcends a mere architectural survey of the neighborhood. The boundaries of the historic Faubourg St. John set the parameters for coverage from the north side of Orleans to the south side of Esplanade Avenue and from the west side of North Broad to both banks of Moss Street. Personalities, as well as geographical and economic factors and architectural trends, are explored along the way, utilizing Orleans Parish richly abundant and unique archival resources. Exquisite full-color photographs by Robert and Jan Brantley provide contemporary views of the neighborhood, supplementing the text and pairing with notarial drawings, historical photographs, and paintings to yield a visual understanding of the landscape of this bayou neighborhood and its influence on the establishment of the city. Without it, New Orleans would not exist where it does today.
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