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More than the ‘pretty police’

Article via Tulane's New Wave publication/Faith Dawson. Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano.

Note: Danielle Del Sol is an adjunct lecturer in the Tulane School of Architecture Preservation Studies program.

As a journalist, Danielle Del Sol (MPS '11) learned about the importance of historic preservation from working a real estate news beat and seeing how preservation fits into a scheme of affordable housing and neighborhood quality of life.

Del Sol eventually turned that beat into a career change: In February, she was named executive director of the Preservation Resource Center in New Orleans, leading the city’s premier organization devoted to preserving and restoring local architecture and neighborhoods.

New Orleans has plenty of historic housing stock, but some of the city’s problems aren’t unique, Del Sol said. Other places struggle with excessive blight, a lack of affordable housing and water-management issues. As executive director, she intends to lead the 44-year-old organization in addressing these issues, working with other cities to find solutions.

“Saving as much of what we have is a huge deal to us,” she said. “When it comes to tear-downs, people kind of have a mindset: ‘We have plenty. We can get rid of a few and it doesn’t matter.’ But the reality is that enough people say that, and we end up losing an incredible amount of historic structures,” said Del Sol, who in 2011 earned a Master of Preservation Studies in the School of Architecture and who also serves as an adjunct lecturer there.

In the meantime, Del Sol wants New Orleanians to know that the Preservation Resource Center is ready to help tackle issues that people face every day, such as renovations that require less maintenance and increase energy savings—all while staying true to the historic nature of the city’s well-known and -loved architecture.

“People think we’re the ‘pretty police’ … but it’s not just about that. A historic property is an investment that everyone shares in,” she said.

To that end, Del Sol is working with local agencies to incentivize New Orleanians to maintain their properties along preservation guidelines, especially since cheaper construction alternatives can be attractive to renovators.

“If it’s been there for 100 years, there’s a reason it’s been there 100 years,” she said. “It’s solid.”

When does preservation become social justice? Danielle Del Sol explores for National Trust for Historic Preservation

"The more inclusive preservation becomes, the more people can access the tools that it offers and use them to transform and uplift their own communities, whether through storytelling or neighborhood revitalization. It is vital that we abolish the misconception of preservation as an insular practice."

Adjunct Lecturer Danielle Del Sol (MPS '11) explores the question, "When does historic preservation become social justice?" in this post for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Photo: National Trust for Historic Preservation logo.

Danielle Del Sol appointed to Central Business District Historic District Landmarks Commission

Headshot of Danielle Del Sol

Master of Preservation Studies Adjunct Lecturer Danielle Del Sol was recently appointed to the Central Business District Historic District Landmarks Commission.

One of nine commissioners, Del Sol will work with the Historic District Landmarks Commission to, “Safeguard the heritage of the City by preserving and regulating historic landmarks and historic districts,” (HDLC website). The HDLC strengthens the city’s economic base, fosters economic development and encourages growth by protecting and enhancing neighborhoods.

Del Sol is an alumna of the Preservation Studies program, earning a Master of Preservation Studies in 2011. She is also editor of Preservation in Print, the monthly magazine of the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans.


April 2015 issue of Preservation in Print

Another Great Issue of Preservation In Print 
Including the 2015 Louisiana Landmarks Society Awards 

The April 2015 issue of Preservation in Print was recently released and contains several articles of interest in relation to the Tulane community. The magazine itself is edited by Master of Preservation Studies graduate, Danielle Del Sol (MPS ’11). Tulane School of Architecture Professor Rich Campanella contributed a fascinating article: “The St. Louis and the St. Charles: New Orleans’ Legacy of Showcase Exchange Hotels." MPS graduate, Sarah Norman Mason (MPS ’13), also has an article featured on her family’s historic Rosalie Plantation Sugarhouse in Alexandria, Louisiana. The “Preservation Postcard” was contributed by Gabrielle Begue (MPS ’12). It is also exciting to note the number of  School alumni highlighted in the Louisiana Landmarks Society Awards program including:

Wayne Troyer (TSA ’83), of studio WTA, for 518 Natchez

Peter Trapolin (TSA ’77), of Trapolin-Peer Architects, for 850 Tchoupitoulas

Angela O’Byrne (TSA ’83), ofPerez APC, for Carver Theater

Eric Kronberg (TSA ’97), of Kronberg Wall Architects, for the Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market

Neal Morris (MSRED faculty), of Redmellon Restoration and Development, as developer of Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market

C. Carl Westerman (TSA ’93), of CCWIV Architecture, for  the Polybar Project: Tulane City Center at 1725 Baronne Street

Jonathan Tate (TSA faculty) for Southern Food and Beverage Museum

Charles Silbernagel (TSA ’84), of CIS Architects, for the Roman-Bienville Homes.

The distinguished jury also included several notable Tulane faculty and alumni: Gene Cizek (faculty), Nicole Hobson-Morris (MPS ’01), Elliott Perkins (TSA '00), Charles Berg (MPS ’11), and Casey Stuart (MPS ’09).

Preservation Matters III Creates a Buzz

Local social journalist Nell Nolan covers the symposium and reception of Preservation Matters III: The Economics of Authenticity in New Orleans' Advocate newspaper.

Full Article Here

Tulane's Preservation Studies program launches interactive New Orleans Preservation Timeline

The New Orleans Preservation Timeline, which is now live at architecture.tulane.edu/preservation-project, is an attempt to bring New Orleans’ rich and significant preservation past, present and future to life. The events that led to the safeguarding of this incredible city — as well as the losses that have been suffered — have left a legacy from which the world can learn.

The New Orleans Preservation Timeline project offers a web-based educational resource for those interested in the progress and key accomplishments of architectural preservationists working in the region of New Orleans, Louisiana, since the mid-nineteenth century. Phase I of the project was launched as a project of the Master of Preservation Studies program in the Tulane School of Architecture in April 2014. Peruse the events, people, organizations and places that have shaped New Orleans' urban history by visiting the site at architecture.tulane.edu/preservation-project.

Preservation Matters III Brings Boston and New Orleans Mayors Together

Last week's highly successful Preservation Matters III conference, the Economics of Authenticity, brought Mayor Thomas Menino of Boston together with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to good effect. They had three fruitful meetings during Mayor Menino's time in town, and they met and discussed preservation challenges and solutions in both cities. Click here to read a Times-Picayune story on the mayors discussing historic preservation as an economic engine.

TSA's partner in the conference, the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, and our Master of Preservation Studies program were pleased with results of the event, which included, among its other speakers, Charles Birnbaum, Tony Tung, Eduardo Rojas, Marsh Davis and Donovon Rypkema. The day and a half meeting, held at The Historic New Orleans Collection, opened with welcoming remarks and introductions by TSA Dean Kenneth Schwartz and LSU Dean of Arts and Architecture Alkis Tsolakis. The event entailed the cooperation of several city and state preservation agencies. Tulane City Center director Maurice Cox and former director of Urban Planning at the University of New Orleans Jane Brooks led the concluding session. 

 Phase I of the much anticipated New Orleans Preservation Timeline was unveiled at the conference by its co-directors John Stubbs and Danielle Del Sol anf aided by journalist and chronicler of the city's preservation since the 1970's Jack Davis. It is now in service at /preservation-project

Preservation Matters III will be described in a forthcoming report by Professor Richard Campanella and follow-on action plans to tackle pressing conservation issues in New Orleans will be formulated in subsequent meetings. 

We appreciate your interest and support of Tulane's Master of Preservation Studies program. Director John Stubbs welcomes your feedback; contact him at jstubbs2@tulane.edu.

Happy JazzFest season!

Fall 2013 MPS Newsletter

Tulane's Master of Preservation Studies program's latest newsletter with news on the students, alumni and projects of the Preservation program.

PRST 6410

This course will examine preservation advocacy, using field trips and guest lecturers. Students will learn about methods for the application of historic preservation law and practice within the United States and its effects. Speakers and site visits will represent a range of constituencies from citizens leading grass-roots advocacy efforts to save buildings or neighborhoods to the work of local organizations, state and federal organizations.