From the Timeless to the Timely: A Celebration of New Orleans Style

Travel with the ICAA on this once-in-a-lifetime excursion to New Orleans, which will uncover the classical beauty and charm of this historic city. Experience exclusive receptions at private homes in the Garden District, Jackson Square, the French Quarter, and more; enjoy interiors designed by such luminaries as Keith Langham and Thomas Jayne; and discover the rich and captivating architectural heritage of New Orleans, from shotgun houses, to plantation houses, and beyond.

During this exciting architecture-focused tour, participants will explore the ways in which the classic meets the new in historic New Orleans, and will be granted access to incredible private homes that have been preserved since the Colonial and Classical Revival periods. Along the way, the group will have the opportunity to meet influential New Orleans residents along the way.

The tour is hosted by John Stubbs, an expert in architecture preservation. John is Christovich Senior Professor of Practice and Director of the Master of Preservation Studies program at the Tulane School of Architecture in New Orleans. He previously served as Vice President for Field Projects for the World Monuments Fund and as an adjunct Associate Professor of Preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. A native of Louisiana, John first began his career in architecture preservation abroad as a surveyor on archaeological excavations in Italy and Egypt. He is also the author of two books.

This tour is arranged by Indagare. For further information, please contact [email protected] or 646-780-8383.

Please note that a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this travel program. All travel program participants have the opportunity to receive a complimentary Individual level membership for one year to the ICAA.

Private 19th Century Garden District Residence of Jane Scott Hodges

Participants will enjoy drinks at the private residence of the founder and owner of Leontine Linens, Jane Scott Hodges, in the Garden District, which was built in the 19th Century in the Greek Revival style.

French Quarter

John Stubbs will lead the group for a tour of the French Quarter, which features some of the most iconic New Orleans architecture, including pastel Creole cottages and cast-iron balconies. The group will observe architectural details of the French, Spanish, and American periods in Jackson Square, visit such buildings as Faulkner House and Benjamin Henry Latrobe’s Neoclassical Louisiana State Bank, and tour top studios known for antiques, traditional metal craftsmanship, and urban planning.

Private Jackson Square Apartment

The tour includes a visit to a private apartment in Jackson Square, located in one of the Parisian-style Pontalba buildings, dating back to the 1840s, with lovely views over the square.

Historic New Orleans Collection

The program features a tour of the Historic New Orleans Collection with John Magill, retired curator of the Collection and premier expert on the French Quarter. In addition, the group will tour the Italian style 19th Century former home of the Collection’s founders, as well as the Collection’s new museum dedicated to the French Quarter which is located in a house dating back to 1816 to be unveiled in April 2019 after a $30 million restoration.

Hermann-Grima House

The group will join New Orleans art historian and former professor Ann Masson for a tour of the Federal-style Hermann-Grima House.

French Colonial & American Classical Revival Buildings

The program includes a tour of several significant French Quarter buildings from the French Colonial and American Classical Revival Periods, including Madame John’s Legacy, the Beauregard Keyes House, and the home of architect James Gallier Jr.

19th Century Creole Townhouse Apartment

The tour includes cocktails at the private apartment of noted interior designer Thomas Jayne, located in a 19th Century Creole townhouse.

Architecture Driving Tour of Faubourg Marigny

Joined by John Stubbs, the group will enjoy an architecture-focused driving tour through Faubourg Marigny, a quirky and creative neighborhood known for its Cajun bistros, jazz clubs, and Bohemian spirit.

Then, the group moves beyond the Marigny to other neighborhoods all over the city. Highlights include the Lombard Plantation, the Captain’s Houses of the Holy Cross District, the Make It Right Houses in the Ninth Ward and the classical buildings of the Central Business District, including the former City Hall and Julia Row (thirteen identical “sister” townhouses dating back to 1833). Following the driving tour, the group will meet with retired curator and premier expert on the French Quarter, John Magill, for lunch at a Garden District restaurant.

Garden District

The group will view classical highlights of the Garden Distrct, including several private homes and the famous Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, which, dating back to 1833, stands as a testament to early New Orleans life. Following this, participants will tour the uptown area, including Audubon Park, Tulane University, and the nearby private homes of host John Stubbs and the architect Lee Ledbetter, who owns a rare mid-century glass-and-steel property on Marquette Place. The group will also tour the reimagined double-shotgun-style home of Tulane architecture professor Ammar Eloueini and Charles Moore’s Postmodern Piazza d’Italia (1978), a recently restored masterpiece.

Historic Properties of River Road

Participants will join John Stubbs and Tulane architecture professor Laura Blokker for a tour of historic properties along River Road, most of which were done in the Greek Revival or Creole styles.

What’s included

  • Accommodations at the Windsor Court Hotel for four nights
  • All meals and beverages as indicated in the itinerary
  • All guided touring, admissions and activities, as indicated in the itinerary
  • Expert guides, including the host, John Stubbs

Beauregard Keyes House (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Infrogmation)

French Quarter

Hermann-Grima House (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Infrogmation)

Home of Thomas Jayne (Image: Kerri McCafferty)

Home of Thomas Jayne (Image: Paul Costello)

Home of Jane Scott Hodges (Image: Tony Vu for One Kings Lane)

Exterior of home of Jane Scott Hodges ((Image: Tony Vu for One Kings Lane)

Home of Jane Scott Hodges (Image: Tony Vu for One Kings Lane)

Double Occupancy
December 11-15, 2019
Single Occupancy
December 11-15, 2019


How do I register for an ICAA travel program?

If you would like to register, you may contact the travel operator organizing the program. Please note that a $500 donation per person to the ICAA is required in order to participate in each travel program. The contact information for ICAA tour operators is included on individual travel pages. Kindly note that the ICAA works with three different consultants for program offerings. If you are unsure which travel consultant to contact for a given program, you may email [email protected] or call 212-730-9646 x109

What does the required $500 donation fund?

Your $500 donation helps to further the ICAA’s goal of advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts by supporting its varied educational programs, including continuing education courses, college workshops, the Summer Studio in Classical Architecture, New Heights, and many more.

Am I required to pay a $500 donation for each travel program I register for?

Yes, a donation of $500 to the ICAA is required for each travel program you register for. The donation is required for each person attending a tour.

How do I make my $500 donation to the ICAA?

You can make your $500 donation to the ICAA online, or you can download, complete, and mail this form to the ICAA. You can alternatively fax a copy to 212-730-9649. You may also call 212-730-9646 x109 or email [email protected] to make a donation. Donations must be made separately from the registration fee.

Do I have to be a member of the ICAA to participate in an ICAA travel program?

No, membership is not required to attend an ICAA travel program. However, complimentary Individual membership to the ICAA is included with your $500 required donation.

I don’t see the full itinerary for the tour I am interested in. When will it be released?

For more information, contact [email protected] or 646-963-2234. Due to the exclusive nature of our tours, some private locations or visits may be omitted from the ICAA's website.

What kinds of trips does the ICAA offer?

Over the past several years, the ICAA has travelled to destinations including Paris; Andalusia; Atlanta; Barbados; South Africa; Chicago; the Netherlands and Belgium; Scotland; the French Riviera; Morocco; the Italian Lake Region; Charlottesville; Naples; and New Delhi, among many other locations. The ICAA is always looking to diversify its travel offerings. If you have a suggestion or location you would like to see added, please email [email protected].