Antoine's Restaurant
Annual Fall ASLA Excursion

New Orleans: A Cultural Continuum from Antebellum to Modernism

New Orleans, LA

The rich and distinctive culture of New Orleans - with its medley of European and Caribbean influences - will be explored during The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s October board meeting activities and overlapping ASLA Annual Conference and EXPO. Join TCLF in a journey through the city, in itself a cultural landscape, and enjoy its unique cuisine, horticulture, art, and architecture, as arranged by the knowing eyes and hands of TCLF local board members and friends.

EXCURSION, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 | 9:00 am to 6:30 pm
The excursion is now SOLD OUT.
Please contact if you would like to be placed on the excursion waiting list.

The daylong excursion will begin at St. Anthony’s Garden behind the St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter.  Following commentary on the area, we will travel to the Lombard Plantation House, one of the great homes in the Bywater neighborhood and one of the country’s finest examples of West Indian-style Creole design. Owner Fred Starr, author of Une Belle Maison, a compelling and colorful history of this iconic property, will host us.

Our tour will continue with two garden tours in the glorious Garden District, a National Historic Landmark laid out in the 1830s and settled in the 1840s.  The world-famous mansions and estates are opulent denizens of the “Big Easy.”  Nearby we will enjoy a specially curated luncheon of Haute Creole cuisine at the historic and famous Commander’s Palace, a New Orleans landmark since 1863.

Following lunch we will stroll through Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, directly across from Commander’s Palace, before heading upriver to the Uptown Historic District. There we will visit two significant Modernist properties: a collaboration between Robert Royston and local architect John Lawrence that fuses traditional New Orleans with mid-century California Modernism, and the National Register-listed Nathaniel C., Jr. and Frances Curtis House (1963).  The day will conclude with a reception at the Curtis House, where we will debut both a published and an online version of  the What’s Out There New Orleans, guides to the city’s designed landscape legacy, and honor a Stewardship Excellence Award winner. 

Our guides for the day will include a New Orleans architectural historian who writes, teaches, and consults in the areas of architecture, antiques, and historic preservation, and a New Orleans-based freelance journalist and contributing editor at The Atlantic.  

Cost of Friday excursion ticket, which includes luncheon, transportation, and Curtis House reception: $1,000.

7.0 LA CES™ professional development hours will be available to excursion attendees.

The reception is now SOLD OUT.
Please contact if you would like to be placed on the reception waiting list.

Nathaniel “Buster” Curtis, of the internationally known architecture firm Curtis & Davis, designed this extraordinary home in the uptown University District for his family. Its design marries high style modernism with the inward-facing plan of French Quarter Creole architecture. The National Register listed property, completed in 1963, is now, since 2013, under the respectful stewardship of its second owner, architect Lee Ledbetter and his partner Doug Meffert.  A panoply of midcentury-modernism, the residence consists of steel-framed, flat-roofed pavilions connected by a low central gallery and enclosed by an exterior brick wall.  First publicized in Life magazine, the home, with Ledbetter and Meffert’s adaptations, was recently featured in Architectural Digest.

At the reception (included as part of the excursion registration), new print and online What’s Out There New Orleans guides to the city's cultural landscape legacy will be unveiled. TCLF will also honor a Stewardship Excellence Award winner who has made exceptional regional contributions in the field, and will recognize the generosity of its sponsors and its local supporters, the Zemurray Foundation and Sheila and Thomas Lemann.  While attendance is limited, spaces are still available for this unique event.

Cost of Friday evening reception ticket: $95.


The board of The Cultural Landscape Foundation invites you to join them for dinner at the legendary Antoine’s Restaurant. Antoine Alciatoire arrived in the city from France to establish, in 1840, what is the country’s oldest family-run restaurant, now managed by the fifth generation of his descendants. The restaurant and its French-Creole fare remain part of the mystique and tradition of New Orleans (it is the opinion of locals that the Antoine’s-invented Oysters Rockefeller, the recipe for which is a closely guarded secret, cannot be replicated, try as chefs around the world may). The names of the various dining rooms at Antoine’s reflect the twining of the restaurant, the city, and spokes of history. This memorable dining experience will include remarks by John Stubbs, Director of the Preservation Studies Program at the Tulane University School of Architecture.

Cost of Thursday evening dinner at Antoine's: $125.


This year's annual silent auction, which benefits the Pioneers of American Landscape Design project, includes dozens of photographs, drawings and other items created by significant artists as well as members of the landscape architecture community, and a selection of works by some of New Orleans' finest artists. The post-Katrina civic renaissance can be experienced vividly through the arts community.  While artists always have occupied a respected position in the city, the creative work that has emerged during this period of rebuilding the city conveys powerful messages and reflections. For the first time, on-line bidding will be available.  TCLF will be working with online auction company GiveSmart, to create an online auction website so that bidding can start even before the EXPO booth is set up and continue anytiime, anywhere until the auction closes at 5:00 pm sharp on Sunday.  Learn more about the auction, register, and view the catalogue

Cost of Thursday evening dinner at Antoine's: $125.
Cost of Friday evening reception ticket: $95.
Cost of Friday excursion ticket, which includes luncheon, transportation, and evening reception: $1,000.

Refund Policy:
Cancellations and Refunds will be granted according to the following schedule:
Up to two (2) weeks in advance: 90% (Deduction represents administrative processing fees)
Less than two (2) weeks in advance but up to seven (7) days prior: 70%
No refunds will be made for cancellations seven (7) days prior to event
No refunds will be made for “No Shows” (a person who registers for a program but who does not cancel registration or attend the program).
Refunds will be processed as they are received or after the conclusion of the program, depending on the program date and when cancellation occurs. Refunds may take five (5) to seven (7) business days to process.