St. Louis Cemetery is composed of above ground tombs and is located in a harsh urban environment.

Do you sometimes wonder how New Orleans cemeteries came to be made up of unique above ground graves we see today?  What were the cultural practices that led to these burials? Why are the graves reused?  What can you learn today from these past cemetery practices?  What can we do to preserve some of these unique features?  These were but a few of the questions answered by Mary Striegel and Rachel Witwer at the American Institute for Architects (AIA) annual conference in New Orleans on May 12, 2011.  The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training and Save Our Cemeteries sponsored an hour long educational seminar organized by Leonard Kady and the Small Projects Practitioners Knowledge group of the AIA.  The seminar was attended by more than 350 conference participants.

Here you can find the original PowerPoint presentation and Handout with Speaker Notes.

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