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