Great works of art and architecture are the highest expressions of a civilization's values, and a unique enhancement to human life.

Major Funding and Support Provided by:

Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation Office of Cultural Development and Tourism
Samuel H. Kress Foundation
Save Our Cemeteries, Inc.
The Archdiocese of New Orleans
The Historic New Orleans Collection
Save America's Treasures
The Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania
The School of Architecture, Tulane University

This project has been financed in part with federal funds from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior through the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Office of Cultural Development, Division of Historic Preservation. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior.

This program received Federal financial assistance for identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin or handicap in its federally assisted programs. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office of Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240

We would like to acknowledge those who so generously assisted us with time, resources, and advice.

The Dead Space Project Teams

Regina Bendix - Professor of Anthropology and Folklore, U.Penn
Michael D. Boudreux - Director of New Orleans Archdiocesan Cemeteries
Joan Brierton - SAT, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Robert Cheetham - President of Aventis, Software Development Advisor
Eugene Cizek - Coord. Academic Project Advisor, Prof. of Architecture, Dir. of Preservation Studies, Tulane Univ.
Mary Louise Christovich - Trustee, Save Our Cemeteries, Inc.
Mary Ellen Eichorn - The Historic New Orleans Collection
Wayne M. Everard - Archivist, City of New Orleans Archives
Louise Fergusson - Executive Director, Save Our Cemeteries, Inc.
Jonathan Fricker - LA Division of Historic Preservation, State of Louisiana
Bobbie Greene - Director of SAT, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Sam Green - The Landmarks Foundation, New York, New York
Fiona Lawless - Program Coordinator, SAT, National Trust
Alfred Lemmon - Archivist, The Historic New Orleans Collection
The Historic Preservation Students of Tulane University
Dorothy Krotzer - Dorothy S. Krotzer Architectural Conservation
The Louisiana State Museum Library
Edward Lyon - Army Corps of Engineers
Ann Masson - Cultural Historian & Preservationist, PRC
Joseph Patrick Mattera - Photographer
Dennis Montagna - Historian, Philadelphia Support Office NPS
Robert Page - Landscape Architect, Dir. of The Olmsted Center, NPS
Lawrence Salzman - Video Photographer
Don Swofford - Wood, Swofford, & Assoc. Architects
Alexi Vranich- Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, U.Penn
Christa Wilmanns-Wells - Lecturer, Historic Preservation, U.Penn
Gary A. Van Zante - Curator, Southeastern Architectural Archives, Tulane
Joe Wallis - National Park Service, SAT Grant Coordinator


A Multi-faceted Project

By coordinating the knowledge and skills of many specialists to develop and implement a conservation plan for St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, this multi-faceted project provides a sustainable approach to the long-term preservation and care of a very unique and important American place.

Phase I Collaborative Studio at the University of Pennsylvania

Under the direction of Frank G. Matero, Chair, Department of Historic Preservation and Dana Tomlin, Departments of Planning and Landscape Architecture, Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, these graduate students collaborated to research and map St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, and survey all 700+ cemetery spaces.

Gwang-Ya Han, Teaching Assistant, City and Regional Planning

Jennifer Baldwin, Historic Preservation, Eric Baratta, Landscape Architecture / Historic Preservation, Claudia Cancino, Historic Preservation, Lisa Cass, Landscape Architecture, Shyh-Yueh Chang, Landscape Architecture, Keunwoo Chung, Landscape Architecture, Stephen Curtis, Historic Preservation, Sherry DeFreece, Historic Preservation, Kathleen Forrest, Historic Preservation, Daria Gasparini, Historic Preservation, Lindsay Hannah, Historic Preservation, Elizabeth Haydon, Historic Preservation, John Hinchman, Historic Preservation, Hyun-Jung Kim, Landscape Architecture, Shiau-Yun Lu, Landscape Architecture, Melissa McCormack, Historic Preservation, Heather McGrath, Historic Preservation, Lauren Meyer, Historic Preservation, Christine Miller, Historic Preservation, Judy Peters, Historic Preservation, Al Parker, Historic Preservation/Real Estate, Carla Radlosovich-Delcambre, Landscape Architecture, Molly Sheehan, Historic Preservation, Pushkar Sohoni, Historic Preservation, Kyubong Song, Environmental Sciences, Megan Sorensen, Historic Preservation/Real Estate, and Robert Ware, Historic Preservation/Real Estate.

Phase I and II Documentation & Measured Drawings at Tulane University

Preservation through Documentation

Since the 1950s, college students pursuing degrees in architecture, engineering, history and related fields have been the backbone of the HABS recording activities.

Measured Drawings

As part of the Phase 1 project, students in the Preservation Studies program in the College of Architecture at Tulane University prepared measured drawings of selected tombs, under the direction of Eugene Cizek. Participants first collected available archival information on the tombs and those interred. Measured drawings were made according to HABS (Historic American Buildings Survey) standards and conditions of deterioration were documented.

Participating Students

Jessica Tippens - Bergamini Tomb #12
Mike Stivers - Musson Family Tomb #232
Laurie DeVegter - Varney Tomb #322
Keri Renee Coumanis - Thomas-Hazeur Tomb #330
Christy Fletcher - McCall-Jones Tomb #340
Ann Woodruff - Bonabel Tomb #395
Ann Heslin - John Hampden Lewis Tomb #489
Charles W. Lesher - Fleitas Family Tomb #605
Don Bennett - Marigny Family Tomb #606
Michael D. Ballard, Jr. - Homer A. Plessy Tomb #619
Joy Ellen Cecere - Claiborne/Lewis Tomb #640
Erin E. Ammer - Charles Auguste Dehault Delassus Tomb #1200
Roberto Rincon - Chloe/Dick Tomb #382
Maria E. Rojas - Bermudez Tomb #35
Sara Jensen - Locoul Family Tomb #493
Dayna Castanedo - Bienvenu Family Tomb #521, 220 or 492
Michelle Bertrand & Rachelle Starr- Front Gate
Doreen Dennis Babo - Saulet Tomb #46
Shavon Charlot - Malard Tomb #577
Pilar Cruz & Leon Geoxavier - Dieu Nous Protege Society Tomb #115
Michelle Bertrand & Rachelle Starr - Young Ladies Assoc. of St. Joseph #155

Pilot Tomb Conservation Project

The Pilot Tomb Conservation Project was led by architectural conservator, Dorothy Krotzer of Dorothy S. Krotzer Architectural Conservation, and Frank G. Matero, Director of the Architectural Conservation Laboratory and Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Project participants in the project included Jane Irvin, conservation assistant, Anthony Henderson, stone carver, Stephen Curtis, University of Pennsylvania, Laura Ewen, Tulane University and Heather Knight, Tulane University. All masonry work was funded by the Archdiocese of New Orleans and executed by mason, Royal Osborne.

Phase II Data Finalization, Mapping and Guidelines Team, University of Pennsylvania

The Phase 2 team expanded the database and continued the research and map analysis. Guidelines were published for tomb owners and cemetery management.

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 - Phase 2

Under the direction of Frank G. Matero, Chair, Historic Preservation Program and Dana Tomlin, Departments of Planning and Landscape Architecture, Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, the following graduate students finalized the survey and database information, conducted additional research, mapped the cemetery and surrounding urban changes through time, and published the St. Louis Cemetery No.1 Guidelines for Preservation & Restoration:

  • Stephen Curtis
  • John Hinchman
  • Sophie Middlebrook
  • Al Parker
  • Judy Peters
  • Kyu-bong Song

Save America's Treasures Tomb Restoration Team

Save America's Treasures is dedicated to identifying and rescuing the enduring symbols of American tradition that identify us as a nation.
Honor the past, imagine the future.

Save America's Treasures is a public-private partnership between the National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Save America's Treasures Project
The Save America's Treasures program has three major objectives:
  • To stabilize those tombs in a critical emergency condition
  • To complete a model restoration of a typical tombscape
  • To provide local training in masonry preservation

The Save America's Treasures (SAT) project is under the direction of Frank Matero, University of Pennsylvania, Ann Masson, Assistant Director, and Dorothy Krotzer, supervising architectural conservator. The SAT project team includes Laura Ewen, Lindsay Hannah, Heather Knight, and Sophie Middlebrook, conservation assistants; Pietro Mangarella and Kecia Fong, conservators; Royal Osborne and Raphael Perrault, masons; Shelby Jones, assistant mason, Anthony Henderson, Patricia Hulin, and Jim Jenkins, artisans; Dan Brown, landscape services, Laurence Saltzman, documentary photographer and Judy Peters, Architectural Conservation Research Center support.

Project funding is provided by Save America's Treasures, Save Our Cemeteries, Inc., Archdiocesen Cemeteries of New Orleans, University of Pennsylvania and Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

See Project Plan