Historic homes, cocktails on tour

Put on your tackiest Christmas sweater and head downtown tonight for a tour of historic residences and offices, with a little imbibing along the way.

“Classic Homes and Cocktails 2013” will put a spotlight on preservation in recent years by local homeowners, preservationists and economic developers. Two historic homes and three offices, which were homes in the past, are included on the tour of the historic district of Beauregard Town. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Foundation for Historical Louisiana, a non-profit dedicated to preserving Louisiana’s culture, history and architecture.

The tour begins at the Old Governor’s Mansion with drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Wear your tackiest sweater for a chance to win a free night at the Hotel Indigo.

Then guests will receive their itinerary and can travel together or enjoy the walk to each site, where they will be served a cocktail or refreshment.

On tour are:

  • The Louisiana Mid Continent Oil and Gas Association headquarters on North Boulevard, historically known as the Standard Oil House;
  • The Chambers House, now the offices of Reich and Associates, Landscape Architects, on East Boulevard, which, with the use of tax credits, has been restored after a fire;
  • A historic two-story family home on Spain Street, which is for sale;
  • The law office of J. Rodney Messina on East Boulevard, which features a vintage working jukebox and a collection of clocks. Messina is also restoring the historic Rabenhorst House adjacent to his office;
  • The Nora (Tilton) House on Louisiana Avenue, which dates to about 1855 and is a historic preservation tax credit project and family home.

Proceeds from the tour will be used by the FHL for preservation advocacy and technical assistance programs. FHL board member and Hotel Indigo General Manager Francis Grayson is chairing the event.