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Preservation advocate honored with posthumous lifetime achievement award

March 07, 2018

Photo: J.T. Blatty/The New Orleans Advocate

New Orleans historic preservation icon Mary Lou Christovich was recognized posthumously with a Lifetime Contribution to the Humanities award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities in February.

Christovich, who passed away Dec. 25, 2017, is remembered as a passionate advocate, author, scholar and philanthropist. She played a critical role in establishing and leading several local preservation organizations including the Preservation Resource Center, Save Our Cemeteries and Friends of the Cabildo.

Christovich was also a longtime supporter of Tulane School of Architecture, sharing her valuable knowledge and guidance as a member of the school’s Board of Advisors and Tulane Preservation Advisory Group.

In a recommendation letter to the LEF Humanities Award Committee in November 2017, Dean Kenneth Schwartz highlighted Christovich’s vast impact. “Mrs. Christovich has been the most important advisor, counselor and donor advancing the preservation program at Tulane since my arrival… She is a role model for all of us who aspire to make positive contributions through our passion and hard work.”

More on Christovich’s legacy can be found here.