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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

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MPS at Roman Forum symposium

MPS Director John H. Stubbs is honored to chair part of the international Digital Future of World Heritage symposium slated for April 3rd in Rome organized by the University of Notre Dame, the Italian Ministry of Culture and UNESCO. The session entitled Heritage Management Workshop involves speakers from five countries who will explore the implications and possibilities of today's extremely accurate digital measuring systems in documenting and interpreting world architectural heritage.

Recent MPS graduates Ryan Jackson speaks to WWLTV about the deterioration of Madame John's Legacy, the historic French Quarter museum

Action Report: Madame John's Legacy brickwork crumbling

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NEW ORLEANS -- Madame John's Legacy, the historic French Quarter museum, was partly built in 1789 from river boats.

"All of the materials that are utilized in this building, some of them are old ships, and rafts and things that were deconstructed here, because they couldn't go back up the river," said Louisiana State Museums Executive Director Mark Tullos.

But in a shocking sight, thick dust covers the ground floor as 200-year-old bricks crumble.

"You can run your finger along the brick, and it comes off in your hand," said Ryan Jackson.

Ryan Jackson is part of the Tulane University Architecture Preservation program that found moisture from heavy rains and bad drainage have been attacking the walls for decades.

"The white stuff that you see here is all salt, different kinds of salt that is coming up from the ground below," described Jackson. "It's corroding the brick."

The study showed the interior bricks in the thick walls are in good shape, but that repair work needs to be done to keep the damage from spreading.

"It's very scary, and it's not just this wall," said Jackson. "There's over 100 wall surfaces in this basement and every one looks more or less like this."

Leaders of the Louisiana State Museum system are starting a major project to save Madame John's Legacy, starting with fixing the drainage problems on the ground floor.

"The courtyard, the drainage and things like that would probably be about $4 million," said Louisiana State Museums Assistant Director Robert Wheat. "The building itself is going to be another $4 million."

"It's going to take a tremendous partnership, both public and private," said Tullos. "We're going to need support from the legislature, and from citizens of Louisiana."

"If more people in New Orleans or the world came down and saw what is happening here, I think they would be more apt to act on it," Jackson said.

For more information about donating to the Madame John's Legacy restoration project, contact the State Museum Foundation here.

Architecture team aids in theater’s historic honor

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Architecture team aids in theater’s historic honor  Carol Schlueter

In the North Louisiana town of Oak Grove, the Fiske Theatre has been a distinctive landmark since its construction in 1950. Now, thanks in part to work by students and professors from the Tulane School of Architecture, the theater has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

The project began when the theater’s operator, Adam Holland of Holland Entertainment, contacted Tulane, searching for lost blueprints of the Fiske, one of the state’s few remaining small, mid-century theaters. With support from architecture dean Kenneth Schwartz and a Dean’s Fund for Excellence grant, the architecture team traveled to Oak Grove in the spring of 2013 for historic research on the theater.

Adjunct faculty member Andrew Liles and professor John H. Stubbs, director of the Preservation Studies Program, led the work by Gabrielle Begue and MaryNell Nolan-Wheatley, students in the master’s program, and architecture undergraduate Jack Waterman.

“What a life lesson, that less than a semester of research and documentation by three students can cement a place in our nation’s narrative,” Liles says. “We, of course, were just the catalyst; the theater and West Carroll Parish are the steady stalwarts, blazing over 60 years of trail. We simply contributed a small but significant chapter.”

The students worked largely the entire spring semester, with the MPS students doing preliminary historical research and the architecture student mocking up plans and elevations for on-site measurements. 

They documented the entire building, then spent the semester completing a narrative on the region and the theater’s history, while Waterman finished architectural plans for the Fiske. 

This fall, their work complete, the team members helped get state-level approval for the historic listing, and the Fiske earned its national designation in late January.

Still an active theater owned by the West Carroll Chamber of Commerce, the Fiske shows movies Thursdays through Sundays. 

Andrew Liles’ and John Stubbs’ research on the Fiske Theatre propels the theatre onto the National Register of Historic Places, the first structure for Oak Grove.

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- The West Carroll Chamber of Commerce and Holland Entertainment LLC of Oak Grove, La. were informed Thursday afternoon by the United States Parks Service that the Fiske Theatre has been approved and is now officially listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

“It is my honor not only the be the United States Representative but also a native of West Carroll to see the theatre I attended as a child be restored to such a stature that it has been over the last few years to be now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.” Congressman Vance McAllister said. “I commend Adam Holland for his leadership and all other community leaders that have contributed not only to restoring it to such prestige to be recognized, but also to what it has given back to a community that works so hard to maintain Louisiana’s core values that I am proud to call my hometown and birthplace.”

Congressman McAllister and Senator David Vitter both wrote letters of support to the National Parks Service on the theatre’s behalf supporting its listing on the National Registry.

“Words cannot express how big of an honor this is not just for the theatre, but for the Town of Oak Grove, our citizens and all of West Carroll Parish.” Adam Holland, W.C. Chamber Director of Special Events, and President of Holland Entertainment said. “This listing brings with it much distinction and prestige for the theatre and the town, as well as, the possibility for grants to preserve the building for our posterity.”

The Fiske is the first building in the City of Oak Grove to be listed on the National Registry.  There are other buildings in town that may qualify for listing including the Legion Hut, OGHS Old Gym, and both the First Baptist and United Methodist Church to name a few. 

“We are proud of Adam for all he has put into bringing the theatre back to her prime and this listing is just one more testament to the work he has done and the support that we as a chamber have received from countless people to make restoring the theatre possible.” W.C. Chamber President John Elliott said.  “By having the theatre now officially listed on the National Registry we as a Chamber and the City can capitalize on this distinction and the theatre can become even more of an economic engine for our town than she already is by drawing tourist who travel the country side visiting historic places.”

The process of having the theatre listed on the National Registry began when the Chamber received the Tulane School of Architecture’s Dean’s Fund for Excellence grant in April of 2013 which funded a group of students and professors to travel to Oak Grove and study the architecture and cultural impact the theatre has had on Northeast Louisiana.  The students published a book and used that information throughout the application process.  Adam Holland, Doug and Rita Ainsworth along with Donald B. Fiske Jr. then represented the theatre at the November hearing of the Louisiana Historic Registry Commission where they voted unanimously to forward the nomination on the NPS.

“I’m very proud of the Fiske Theatre and the entire Oak Grove community for receiving this recognition. It’s a great tribute to Mr. Donald Fiske and all of the local leaders who have worked so hard to restore, update, and maintain such an iconic structure, and I’m pleased that it will be enjoyed for generations to come,” Senator Vitter said.

The current Fiske Theatre was built in 1950 featuring the Ultra-Moderne Art Deco style that was prevalent in movie theater construction of the time.  It was designed by the late B.W. Stevens who also designed the Joy Theatre on Canal Street in New Orleans which is an almost replica of the Fiske.  In 1951 it was named “The Most Modern and Well Equipped Theatre” in the United States that was constructed in 1950 by the Motion Picture Exhibitors Catalog.

The Fiske Theatre was donated to the West Carroll Chamber of Commerce in 1988 by its founder Donald B. Fiske and is currently operated by Holland Entertainment LLC.  The Fiske is open each Thursday-Sunday showing a different first-run film each week

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 6920

The Thesis for the MSP program is a major course within the MPS program since it calls upon most of what a student has learned during his or her graduate school experience. There is wide scope with regard to possible topic choices and the location of a thesis subject can be anywhere, although if your thesis is site-specific you must have some first hand knowledge of the place by the end of the preceding semester. The thesis topic must relate to the field of historic preservation and its contents should be based mostly on primary research. 

PRST 6900

The Practicum for the Master of Preservation Studies program is an alternative option to the Thesis requirement that is an important part of the MPS course of study.  The Practicum is expected to be a concentrated and valuable work experience the student chooses that must relate to the field of historic preservation. Its accomplishment must entail 480 hours (three months, full-time) unpaid or minimally paid work with an organization. There is wide scope with regard to the possible organizations and locations for students to pursue their practicum experience.

PRST 6420

The International Field Studies course entails travel to discover and learn from architectural heritage conservation practice abroad. Students gain up to date knowledge through first-hand exposure to professional preservationists and their work through visiting counterpart educational institutions and conserved buildings, sites, and urban settings. The selection of a single place to visit in satisfaction of this course’s requirements will be agreed upon prior to the beginning of Semester Two.