The historic courtyard of the Hermann-Grima House in the French Quarter, in its original layout from 1831 and filled with flowering plants and trees popular in the 19th century, provided a special ambiance for the 2020 “Historic Houses Society Gala.”

The gala honors top donors to the Historic Houses Society and benefits the preservation and educational programming of Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses.

The bottom floor of the house’s slave quarters was open for guests to view the workrooms that are now part of the Society’s daily tours, including the original open-hearth kitchen that’s still in operation and used for cooking demonstrations.

Ralph Brennan Catering and Events provided an excellent menu, including selections of lump crab ravigote and prime beef carpaccio crostini, accompanied by wine from the Wine Seller. The local band, Vivaz Trio, performed live musical entertainment.

Event Chairs were Karen Gundlach, Susan Gundlach and Lise Kuhn.

Approximately 40 attendees participated in the outdoor event, allowing for a more intimate evening with plenty of space for social distancing. 


➺ Event at a Glance

What: “Historic Houses Society Gala,” benefiting Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses

When: Thursday, November 19, 2020

Where: Hermann-Grima House


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 Debb Almeida and David Perlis 

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Adrienne Rynning, Anne Urquhart and Kit Fritchie  

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Grace Kaynor, Allen Kuhn, Sarah and Jeff Meckstroth 

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Melissa Steiner and Maury Rendeiro  

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Lori Paige, Holly Nieset, Katherine Raymond and Angel Adams Parham