Jump for Your Love

27 years of preservation is celebrated at Julia Jump.


The Preservation Resource Center held their 27th Julia Jump on Friday, March 26 at The Sugar Mill. The first event in 1978 sought to fund the restoration of Julia Row – 13 Georgian townhouses built in 1832 that had gone from a nickname of “Millionaire’s Row” to “skid row.” Today, the proceeds go toward the organization’s programs – including Operation Comeback, Rebuilding Together, African-American Heritage Preservation and Historic Preservation Education – as the PRC dedicates themselves to their mission: “To promote the preservation, restoration and revitalization of New Orleans’ historic architecture and neighborhoods.”

Honorary Chair Harry Shearer welcomed attendees along with Event Chairs Wendy Joseph and Elise Merlin in a setting of New Orleans scenes by Blaine Kern Jr.’s Mardi Gras Productions. A festival-worthy line-up of restaurants, including Acme Oyster House, Bacco, Juan’s Flying Burrito, Mother’s Restaurant and St. James Cheese Company, dished up good eats. Republic served “Moscow Mule” as the drink of the evening – a tasty mixture of vodka and ginger beer. Music was by BRW as well as by Zion Harmonizers for the patron party.

Popular auction items were a custom-made 2009 Diamond Series Schecter electric guitar signed by Sean Payton, a Hornets jersey worn and signed by Chris Paul, a diamond fleur-de-lis necklace donated by Friend & Company and luxury accommodations in Costa Rica.

Everyone went home with Hubig’s Pies decorated in Julia Jump wrappers as a reminder of the fun-filled night and the importance of preserving the unique houses in this unique city.

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