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Welcome

Bayou Preservation specializes in the hands-on conservation of historic and artistic works. Based in New Orleans, our conservators carefully restore historic tombs and mausoleums, sculptures, objects, and architectural elements, and also perform materials analysis for historic buildings.

Qualifications

Bayou Preservation's conservators have a variety of backgrounds and specialties in materials conservation. All of our conservators have post-graduate degrees in Historic Preservation, and we are proficient in masonry, stone, plaster, metals, and paints and coatings.

Involvement

Bayou Preservation is involved in several local and national organizations related to Materials Conservation and Historic Preservation. These include Save Our Cemeteries, American Institute for Conservation, and the Association for Preservation Technology.
  • Old Man River

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    Old Man River Sculpture Restoration
    Bayou Preservation restored the Old Man River sculpture in New Orleans’ Woldenburg Park in 2017. The restoration of this marble sculpture included stone patching, cleaning, consolidation, and crack repairs. Special materials and techniques were used to carefully match the natural veining of the marble material.
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    Chalmette National Cemetery
    Bayou Preservation worked with the National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation on resetting headstones at the Chalmette National Cemetery for their annual HOPE (Hands On Preservation Experience) project. We taught over 50 volunteers how to safely and correctly reset headstones, and the importance of proper cemetery preservation.
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  • De La Ronde Ruins preservation

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    De La Ronde Ruins Preservation
    Bayou Preservation has worked with the De La Ronde Preservation Corporation for over a year on the preservation of the De La Ronde Plantation ruins in St. Bernard Parish. This 18th century plantation once served as the British officers’ headquarters and hospital during the War of 1812, survived the Civil War, and then burned down […]
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    Holocaust Memorial Restoration
    Bayou Preservation restored the Holocaust Memorial in New Orleans’ Woldenburg Park for the Audubon Institute. Restoration included stone conservation and extensive in-painting on the curved, limestone monument.  
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    Private Tomb in St. Louis 2
    Bayou Preservation completed the full restoration of this stepped-roof tomb in the historic St. Louis 2  Cemetery in New Orleans. Work included extensive masonry, plaster, and cast iron restoration. Bayou Preservation was able to match the historic, dark red color wash on the tomb that dated to the late nineteenth century.
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