Karstendiek Tomb Restoration is Near Completion!

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Save Our Cemeteries contracted Irish Channel Iron Works to begin the work on the tomb approximately one year ago. We are so excited to see how far it’s come and how beautiful the tomb now looks!

Although it is one of many unique tombs that occupy Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 in Uptown New Orleans, the Karstendeik tomb is a particular treasure because it is the only cast iron tomb in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, and one of only 16 in all of Orleans Parish. The tomb is also popularly known as the “Vampire Lestat Tomb” because of its striking resemblance to the tomb prop featured in the film adaption of famed author Anne Rice’s novel Interview with the Vampire.

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New Orleans tops Redfin’s list of 13 Best Cities for Halloween

With a “spooky score” of 12.4 out of 13, New Orleans topped Redfin’s “Best Places” list of best cities to spend Halloween in. While spooky year-round, we agree that this is a great place to spend Halloween. From all of us at Save Our Cemeteries, we hope you have a safe and happy Halloween!

Below are the main New Orleans Halloween attractions, listed in the article. See the full list here: https://www.redfin.com/blog/2017/10/13-best-cities-halloween.html

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade

New Orleans Vampire Ball

Ghost City Tours

Halloween in New Orleans Festival

Boo at the Zoo

Tomb of Marie Laveau

Mortuary Haunted Mansion

Voodoo Witchcraft Festival

Crawloween at the Audubon Nature Center

NOLA Halloween Pub Crawl

Halloween New Orleans

LaLaurie House

Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar

Hotel Monteleone

Sultan’s Palace

St. Louis Cemetery

Gardette-LaPrete House

Lafitte Guest House Bar

FrenchQuarter Phantoms Ghost Tours

Black Rose Tours

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Afternoon Tours in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 starting June 1st!

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We’re excited to share that beginning June 1, 2017, we will be offering tours in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 at 1:00 pm daily, in addition to our 10:30 am tours.

Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 is located in the historic Garden District of New Orleans. It is among the city’s earliest and most significant above-ground burial sites. Once part of the Livaudais Plantation, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 was designated a city burial site in 1833, and has been in continuous use since.

Distinguished by its intersecting avenues designed to accommodate funeral processions, it was the City’s first planned cemetery. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places by virtue of its significant history, location, and architectural importance, it retains its original size and configuration, and contains a variety of tomb types and styles.

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Tablet Inventory Project: Call for Volunteers

Photo BY Judi Bottoni ©New Orleans Cemeteries 2008

On Friday, June 2nd and Saturday, June 3rd, we will be conducting a tablet inventory project within Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. Volunteers will relocate “orphan tablets” to the sexton’s cottage within the cemetery. In addition to physically moving these fragile tablets we are also looking for volunteers willing to photograph and inventory them on-site. If you are a local digital photographer and are able to bring your camera out to volunteer please get in touch with us.

Volunteers should be detail orientated and comfortable working with fragile stone. We would love to have your help!

Please contact Heather (hveneziano@saveourcemeteries.org) in order to sign-up for this event.

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Karstendiek Tomb Restoration Update

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We are pleased to announce that the restoration of the Karstendiek Tomb is well underway. Due to your support, Irish Channel Iron Works has been working with us in order to restore this very important example of cast iron tomb architecture. All of the major areas of rust have been treated and are in the final stages of being repaired. The areas of concern on the roof, where water was entering, is currently being addressed and a water-tight welded barrier is being built up in order to ensure against future water damage. Once all repairs are complete on the bodies of the four facades the decorative eternal flame cornice will be restored using infill of new casts made from the originals.

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