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Restoration & Preservation - 2018 PROJECTS


Lafayette Cemetery No. 1:
The Karstendiek tomb restoration project is complete! We have also covered the dirt surrounding the tomb with mulch, and placed two urns to flank the tomb’s “door.” SOC will repaint the tomb every three years to prevent rusting.

Although it is one of many unique tombs that occupy Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 in Uptown New Orleans, the Karstendiek 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.


St. Louis Cemetery No. 1:
A Scope of Work is being created for the Trudeau family tomb. This tomb will be worked on after the Alaux tomb is restored.

St. Louis Cemetery No. 2:
SOC will be restoring three tombs in Square No. 1, in partnership with the Master Crafts Guild. The Restoration Committee is in the process of choosing the three tombs to be repaired.

Holt Cemetery: 
In April, SOC cleaned 22 military headstones and picked up trash.

In addition, SOC is finishing the design work on six signs to place throughout the cemetery and on the side of the sexton’s cottage. These signs will educate visitors on the history of Holt, burial customs, and notable characters and veterans buried in the cemetery. See the signs here.

Valence Cemetery No. 1:
Save Our Cemeteries completed a clean-up, vegetation removal and tomb washing with college group on March 18, 2018.

Lafayette No. 2 & St. Joseph Cemeteries:
SOC completed a clean-up, vegetation removal and tomb washing with a large convention group earlier this year.


Carrollton Cemetery No. 1:
Master mason Mr. Herman Clayton is working with our Restoration and Volunteer Coordinator Juliette Hotard on closing open vaults, repairing several copings, and repairing brickwork on a German society tomb.


To find out about our current restoration projects, to learn about the correct way to restore your tomb, or to find out more about restoration activities in the historic cemeteries of New Orleans, please contact Save Our Cemeteries, at soc@saveourcemeteries.org or email Juliette Hotard, Restoration & Volunteer Coordinator, at jhotard@saveourcemeteries.org.