In such a musically rich city, isn’t it OK to toot your own horn every once
in a while? New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles magazine featured “5 fabulous
renovations” in the June issue and fêted those responsible at the inaugural Renaissance Awards & Heritage Club Luncheon on September 18th.
The honored abodes were those of Rashida Ferdinand, 9th Ward; Becca and Gregor Fox, Garden District; Matt Rosendahl, Uptown; Annie and Guy Smith, Broadmoor; and Erich and Jennifer Weishaupt, Mid-City. Together with the Preservation Resource Center, Homes & Lifestyles’ editorial staff selected the recipients based on their completions of stunning architectural masterpieces that could be made only in New Orleans.
The luncheon setting was ideal: a beautiful day at the beautiful Audubon Tea Room. The noon partiers, who wisely found daytime champagne to be a good idea, gathered to celebrate the smart homemakers as well as hear a special guest speaker. Beloved Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. of Charleston, S.C. delivered a speech as gracious as it was enlightening. He provided insight on the importance of restoration projects in historical areas and commended the people of New Orleans for their perseverance to carry on through a time of great hardship in the city and homes they love.
Honorees and owners of The Ruby Slipper Cafe, Erich and Jennifer Weishaupt
Janie Blackmon, Betty Fowler, Harriett Murrell and Jan Hirschey
David Darragh and Naudja Bynum
Dr. Michael Sartisky and Bob Brown
Honoree Rashida Ferdinand with Editor Eve Kidd Crawford
Renaissance Publishing’s Editor-in-Chief Errol Laborde, Executive Director of the PRC Patricia H. Gay, President of the PRC’s Board of Directors Dennis P. Lauscha, Mayor of Charleston Joseph P. Riley Jr., Vice President and Director of Sales for Renaissance Publishing Kelley Faucheux and CEO of Renaissance Publishing Todd Matherne