• New Orleans

    This Old House Rebuilds New Orleans

    For the second project of the season, This Old House travels to New Orleans, Louisiana, to help a fourth-generation resident of the Lower 9th ward return home, while following stories of rebuilding and recovery throughout the city. Host Kevin OConnor visits Musicians Village with founder Harry Connick, Jr. to see how he, along with childhood friend Branford Marsalis, are providing new housing for the citys musicians through Habitat for Humanity. In historic Holy Cross, along the banks of the Mississippi River, homeowner Rashida Ferdinand shows Kevin why she loves her c. 1892 flood-damaged shotgun single and artists studio, and how she plans to restore and expand them after a two-year…

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  • Bourbon Street,  New Orleans,  NOLA Life

    Ray Rocks Renovation

    Chances are if you have walked down any French Quarter street in the last few years you have seen my friend, Ray Hostetter.  He might have the phone to his ear or a tool of some kind in hand, but he always has a smile and a “Hey there” for passersby.  Now that may have been the extent of our association too, except for one thing (ok, two) I love construction, reconstruction, building, renovating, decorating. Whatever name you put on it, the creative process is fascinating to me.  Oh, and the second thing – I’m just nosy. In my “ratting” around the Quarter, I had seen Ray at times working…

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