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Event highlight: Free talk on preservation pioneer Samuel Wilson

Preservationist Samuel Wilson

Known in New Orleans as the Dean of Historic Preservation, Samuel Wilson Jr., who died in 1993, would have turned 100 today. The Historic New Orleans Collection is celebrating the centennial of the noted architectural historian with a talk on Tuesday by Florence M. Jumonville on his contributions to the preservation of the French Quarter.

Along with his business partner, Richard Koch, Wilson worked to restore hundreds of notable Louisiana structures, including the Cabildo, Pontalba Buildings, Ursuline Convent, Gallier House and San Francisco Plantation. He also helped establish many of the city’s preservationist societies, including the Louisiana Landmarks Society, Preservation Resource Center, Friends of the Cabildo and Save Our Cemeteries.

The lecture will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St. It is free, but seating is limited; for reservations call 504-523-4662 or email The event is presented in conjunction with AIA New Orleans, the Louisiana Landmarks Society, WLAE-TV and the Tulane School of Architecture.



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