The Preservation Resource Center (PRC) is celebrating 50 years of preserving New Orleans’ architecture and neighborhoods. In honor of the occasion, PRC’s 50th Anniversary Gala presented by Landis Construction will be held on Friday, May 17, at The Sazerac House, an architectural restoration and cocktail museum on Canal Street. Money raised at the fundraising event supports all of the PRC’s work to preserve New Orleans’ historic architecture, neighborhoods, and cultural identity. 

Randy OpotowskyThe PRC will honor longtime president Patricia Gay and a host of other dedicated preservationists whose commitment and generosity have made the organization’s work possible for the last 50 years. Partner Randy Opotowsky will be among the honorees.

This milestone is especially significant for Randy, who has been a longtime supporter of the PRC. He has chaired the PRC’s Operation Comeback Property Advisory Committee since the early 2000’s, was President of the PRC when Hurricane Katrina occurred, and has served as a Past Vice President, Past Treasurer and Past Secretary.

“The PRC works in many ways to create awareness and assist property owners throughout the city,” says Randy. “I believe that restoration of historic buildings is one of the most important things we can do for our economy here in New Orleans. I encourage everyone to learn more about the Preservation Resource Center.”

PRC 50th Anniversary Gala Details

Date: Friday, May 17
Time: 7pm – 10pm
Location: Sazerac House
Dress: Festive Cocktail Attire

Food will be by Pigeon Catering & Events and St. James Cheese Company, and Tailor Made Jazz Ensembles will be the entertainment for the evening. There will also be a silent auction and raffle. 

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PRC at 50

PRC was founded in 1974 by passionate advocates who wanted to protect New Orleans’ historic buildings and neighborhoods. The May issue of PRC’s Preservation in Print magazine had a wonderful article by Danielle Del Sol, reflecting on the last 50 years and the major achievements of the organization. As noted in the article:

The PRC’s significance to New Orleans could not be more profound. As the late Edgar “Dookie” Chase, Jr., former PRC Board President, wrote in 2014, “The PRC has been a bedrock guide reminding us of why we should cherish our unique civilization, and of what we might lose of ourselves if we so easily surrender our core identity.”

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