New Orleans is a city that values its architectural diversity, and the staff of the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans is working every day to protect our historic homes and businesses.

For the second year in a row, the PRC partnered with New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles to honor historically sensitive renovations of homes and businesses at the 2009 Renaissance Awards and Heritage Club Luncheon.

On Oct. 26, the night before the luncheon, Renaissance Award winners Jennifer and Dennis Lauscha hosted a Halloween-themed patron party at their Garden District home. In addition to the honorees, the soiree was graced by the presence of PRC President Holly Sharp Snodgrass and her husband, Geoff; and Heritage Club co-chairs Alden and Rhesa McDonald and Tommy Westervelt.

With more than 400 people in attendance, the luncheon on the following day was held at the Roosevelt New Orleans, another Renaissance Award winner, and featured keynote speaker Donovan Rypkema, principal of PlaceEconomics.

Eve Kidd Crawford, editor of New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles, and Lilith Dorko, editorial assistant, presented the awards.

Honored were the Lauschas in the Garden District, Jon Kemp and John Reed in the French Quarter, Shannan Cvitanovic in Mid-City, Lyn and John Fischbach in the Garden District, George Hero and Elaine Boos in the Warehouse District, the Roosevelt and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Also on hand was councilwoman Jackie Clarkson, who handed out certificates from the city of New Orleans to the honorees and thanked them for their contributions to preserving the city’s architectural character.