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  • Oct 22, 2017 - Oct 27, 2017


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A unique architectural and cultural journey to the Crescent City

National Trust Tours is delighted to extend this unique opportunity to experience New Orleans on a tour offered by our friends at Architectural Adventures, the official travel program of the American Institute of Architects.

Discover the magnificent architecture and rich cultural heritage of New Orleans on an exclusive, five day tour with Architectural Adventures. From the famous Creole Townhouses and Cottages in the French Quarter and the spectacular homes in the Garden District to post-Katrina sustainable neighborhoods and some of the most important contemporary structures in the city, experience the myriad of architectural gems of the Crescent City.

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John P. Klingman is a registered architect who holds a Favrot Professorship in Architecture at Tulane University where he has been a faculty member since 1983. In 2001, he received the President’s Award for Outstanding Teaching, Tulane’s utmost teaching honor, and he has received the annual Tulane School of Architecture Outstanding Teaching Award multiple times. Over his career at TSA, he has served as Coordinator of Thesis Design over a dozen times. His longstanding interest in sustainable design has been continually in evidence through his teaching and culminated in chairing the 2010 Tulane School of Architecture Sustainable Design Conference.

Since 1997, he has written an annual “Best of New New Orleans Architecture” article for New Orleans Magazine.  His 2012 book, New in New Orleans Architecture, highlights 80 outstanding contemporary projects.

In 2016, he was invited to present a Public Lecture “New Orleans Modern Architecture: Midcentury Emergence, Postmodern Retrenchment, Contemporary Explorations” for the Annual Symposium of the Historic New Orleans Collection.

As an architect, Klingman has consulted with Waggonner and Ball Architects over a twenty-five year period, and he has been engaged in projects, which include renovations of the U.S. Customhouse and Tulane’s Uptown Campus.

He has been a member of the Architectural Review Committee of the New Orleans Historic Districts Landmarks Commission since 1995.

Additionally, Klingman is a founding member of DOCOMOMO/NOLA, and actively seeks to preserve outstanding buildings from the mid twentieth century. His current upper level design studio focus relates architectural design to issues of water engagement in the city, from individual buildings to urban design proposals.

Klingman has lived in New Orleans’s Garden District since coming to the city in 1983.

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Exemplifying authentic New Orleans character, The Whitney Hotel is housed in the former Beaux-Arts style Whitney Bank Building. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the recently renovated property incorporates the original building’s architecture into the present aesthetic. The interior boasts granite, brass, and crown moldings throughout, while still preserving features of the old bank, including the decorative teller windows, the bank boardroom, which is now used as the hotel’s library and seating area, and the original vault, which has been converted into a private dining room. Conveniently located in the heart of the Central Business District, the hotel is a short walk from the French Quarter and its famed Bourbon Street and Jackson Square, and one block from the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar line.

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October 22 – After arriving in New Orleans, check into the iconic Whitney Hotel. In the late afternoon, meet your guide and fellow travelers and take a walking tour of the Central Business District. See interesting 19th and 20th century architecture and the famed Lafayette Square, which includes the city’s old neo-classical city hall. Enjoy a celebratory welcome dinner in the evening. Meals: Dinner

October 23 – Take an exclusive visit to the U.S. Custom House. When construction began in 1848 it was the largest building in the country except for the U.S. Capitol. Then venture into the oldest neighborhood in the city of New Orleans, the French Quarter. Founded in 1718, it has rich overlapping histories and cultural influences. Visit Jackson Square where iron fences, benches, and Parisian-style landscaping remain intact from its 1851 design. See the significant 18th-century buildings and learn their complex histories: the Cabildo, the Presbytère, and St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest Roman Catholic Cathedral in the United States. Following lunch in the Quarter, travel to the Lower Ninth Ward for a walking tour that focuses on the unique contemporary architecture that has arisen out of the Hurricane Katrina recovery. Conclude your day with a visit to Crescent Park and see the David Adjaye-designed Piety Street Bridge. Enjoy the evening at your leisure. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

October 24 – Start your day with a walking tour of the Garden District. Established by New Orleans’ American elite in the 1830s to rival the Creole-dominated Vieux Carré, this neighborhood features gracious suburban villas originally set on quarter-square lots, surrounded by lush landscaping with styles ranging from Greek Revival to Italianate to Gothic Revival. Next, visit the Irish Channel, the working-class riverfront neighborhood where first-generation Irish and German immigrants settled before the Civil War. Throughout the neighborhood, view iconic shotgun houses. After lunch, enjoy a tour of the Tremé neighborhood, home to the largest pre-Civil War community of free people of color, with a rich architectural heritage. This neighborhood is the locale for visitors and natives alike to celebrate the achievements of African Americans. Celebrations such as second-line parades, jazz funerals, and underground jazz clubs are ways Tremé honors its heritage. End the day with an exclusive discussion about the architecture behind the National WWII Museum with the local architect. Enjoy another evening at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

October 25 – Located 35 miles west of New Orleans is the meticulously restored, 250-acre Whitney Plantation. With its 262 year history, this is the only plantation museum in Louisiana with a primary focus on the institution of slavery. In 1946, the Big House on the plantation was described as “one of the most interesting in the entire South” by Charles E. Patterson, senior landscape architect of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Next, visit the Evergreen Plantation. The main house was constructed in 1790 and renovated to its current Greek Revival style in 1832. The tour highlights 250 years of family ownership, the architectural significance of the buildings, and its reliance on agriculture. Following lunch, return to New Orleans for an evening at leisure. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

October 26 – Visit the Rosa Keller Library and Community Center, an important symbol of triumph the Broadmoor neighborhood has achieved since it was terribly flooded as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Recycled wooden slats, shaded skylights, and creative stormwater management are just a few of the sustainable design approaches of the building. Next, drive to the Pitot House, an 18th-century Creole country home which tells the story of life along the bayou since the earliest days of settlement. After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, continue to the Sculpture Garden of the New Orleans Museum of Art followed by the Grow Dat Youth Farm, a seven-acre site in New Orleans’ City Park, which utilizes sustainable architectural design. Then, tour the University District – home of Tulane and Loyola Universities, as well as the former St. Mary’s Dominican College. Finish the day strolling under live oaks in beautiful Audubon Park, a park rich with history dating back well over a century. Finally, enjoy a farewell dinner at a remarkable restaurant. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

October 27 – After checking out of the hotel, spend a final morning in New Orleans before transferring independently to the airport for return flights. Meals: Breakfast