Wednesday, March 31, 2010

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 New Construction

A new tomb construction (above) in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 prompted reference to an important University of Pennsylvania Historic Preservation study. In 2002, the Penn graduate students mapped out the historic cemetery, its tombs and their condition. With sponsorship from the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation/Office of Cultural Development, Project Director Frank G. Matero sought to develop a model conservation plan for the city's historic cemeteries, as well as related educational training programs, and public outreach activities.

Through the project's web portal, one can search for individual tombs, obtain location codes, and condition reports. To access the project, click here. Additional resources may be found in Tulane University Library's Louisiana Research Collection and Southeastern Architectural Archive, as well as The Historic New Orleans Collection.

Image above: Pyramidal Tomb, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 as photographed 25 March 2010 by K. Rylance.

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