The gorgeous New Orleans home of political gurus James Carville and Mary Matalin is more than a century old and features a stunning dining room mural depicting a 360-degree view of Audubon Park. Hand-painted in 2012, the mural was an anniversary gift from Carville to Matalin.
Their historic home will be one of six houses featured on the Preservation Resource Center’s 45th annual Holiday Home Tour, presented by McEnery Residential. This year, the beloved event goes virtual. The tour will be presented through a festive video series, so people across the nation can virtually step inside these exquisite houses and soak up the charm of the holiday season in the Crescent City.
Also featured in the series will be the art-filled French Quarter home of acclaimed author and former Hearst Corp. media executive Debra Shriver, who long ago fell in love with New Orleans. “A lot of things have happened because I’ve lived in this house,” she said. “You can have a romance with a house, and I’ve had a torrid affair with this one.”
The charming West Indies-style cottage owned by actor Bryan Batt and his husband, Tom Cianfichi, will be another highlight of the tour. Batt is best known for his portrayal of Sal Romano on the hit show Mad Men.
The event also showcases the gorgeous homes of luxury paper goods designer Alexa Pulitzer and her husband Seth Levine; developer Pres Kabacoff and his wife, voodoo priestess Sallie Ann Glassman; and renowned interior designer Penny Francis and her husband, Todd Francis.
These exclusive video tours will highlight the incredible diversity of New Orleans’ historic neighborhoods and architecture, with fascinating details about the history of each house and the community around it. Each house will be featured in a 30-minute video, led by the homeowners.
- James Carville and Mary Matalin: Raised Colonial Revival Residence in Uptown New Orleans
- Debra Shriver: Greek Revival Townhome in the French Quarter
- Penny and Todd Francis: Colonial Revival Residence in Uptown New Orleans
- Alexa Pulitzer and Seth Levine: Eastlake Center Hall in Faubourg St. John
- Bryan Batt and Tom Cianfichi: Raised West Indies Cottage in Uptown New Orleans
- Pres Kabacoff and Sallie Ann Glassman: Environmentally Sensitive Villa in the Bywater.
Tour tickets are available at PRCNO.org. Early Bird tickets purchased before midnight on Nov. 27 will be $35; tickets purchased after Nov. 27 will be $40. The video series will be available Dec. 12 & 13, 2020.
The virtual Holiday Home Tour, presented by McEnery Residential, is a crucial fundraiser for the nonprofit Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, a historic preservation nonprofit organization. Proceeds from the tour will help PRC continue its work protecting New Orleans’ historic architecture, neighborhoods and cultural identity through vital programs, such as the PRC’s Revival Grants, which help low-income homeowners make critical repairs to their houses. The PRC’s advocacy efforts and education classes would not be possible without this funding. Thank you for your support!
Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans (PRC) preserves New Orleans' historic architecture, neighborhoods and cultural identity through collaboration, empowerment and service to our community. Founded in 1974, PRC is a non-profit organization that has restored more than 1,500 properties citywide and has assisted countless individuals with their own renovation efforts through its programs. PRC provides resources and education to convey the economic, cultural and aesthetic importance of historic architecture in New Orleans and throughout the world. For more information about PRC and its revitalization efforts, call 504.581.7032 or visit www.prcno.org. Connect with PRC on Facebook; Twitter (@PRCNO) and Instagram (@PRCNOLA).