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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.
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    Holocaust Memorial at Woldenburg Park
    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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  • After Restoration

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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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  • Poydras After

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    Poydras (Orphans) Tomb
    Bayou Preservation completed the restoration of the large, cruciform Poydras Tomb in Lafayette Cemetery #1. The restoration included replacing the lost marble enclosure tablets, repairing the existing stucco, removing paint and biological growth from the marble urn, and applying traditional limewash. The Poydras Tomb was originally for the orphaned girls who lived at Poydras Orphans’ […]
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    St John’s Cemetery in Thibodaux
    Bayou Preservation has restored over a dozen tombs and monuments in this historic cemetery in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Our ongoing work has included the restoration of brick and plaster tombs, conservation of marble and granite monuments, and an educational event for local masons and cemetery enthusiasts on proper cemetery repairs. This community has shown remarkable dedication […]
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  • Van Horn After

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    Van Horn Tomb – Private Owner
    Bayou Preservation completed the full restoration of this Gothic-style tomb in New Orleans in January 2015. This restoration included extensive marble cleaning, plaster, rebuilding one of the two small towers, and limewash.        
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