Preservation alumna launches online French Quarter archives

Map of the French Quarter of New Orleans

Alumna Brook Tesler (MPS '14) has launched a new online portal that archives a wide range of documents for properties, buildings and structures in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The Vieux Carré Virtual Library is a map-based electronic archive of tens of thousands of Vieux Carré Commission (VCC) images, documents, and records. It is designed to preserve historic artifacts from deterioration and natural disaster, while also connecting the public to the inner archives of the VCC as an integrative educational and planning resource.

This project is an ongoing initiative of the Vieux Carré Commission Foundation. The Foundation's mission is to support the VCC in preserving and protecting not only the French Quarter’s invaluable historic architectural heritage, but also its tout ensemble, or its quaint and distinctive character and ambiance. The website project was developed in partnership with Tesler Preservation Consulting and the City of New Orleans, funded in part by grants from the Ella West Freeman Foundation and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

To view the Vieux Carré Virtual Library, click here. Hear more about the project by watching the WWL-TV news story here. Read The New Orleans Advocate story here.