Kelly L. Calhoun, MPS is a historic preservation consultant living in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is also a licensed realtor with Talbot Historic Properties. Kelly is proficient in the fields of Architecture and Development; Architectural Technology, Real Estate Development, Preservation Consulting, Property Research, Documentation and Staff Management, Historic Community Building, Marketing, Committee Building, Research, Public-Speaking, Fundraising and Community Engagement.
Kelly is on the board of the VCPORA Tricentennial Gala Junior Committee; Architecture & Design Film Festival: New Orleans - Women’s Power Hour Committee Chair; futureNOLA.
Kelly is a member of the Preservation Resource Center; Vieux Carré Property Owners and Residents Association (VCPORA); Women in Architecture - New Orleans Chapter; Institute of Classical Architecture & Art - Louisiana Chapter; Louisiana Architectural Foundation; Carrollton Channel Neighborhood Associations; New Orleans Architectural Foundation; Tulane Master of Preservation Studies Alumni.
From a diverse childhood growing up along the Gulf Coast, Kelly grew up experiencing architecture, cultural heritage and the built environment from many perspectives. As a result, she shares a kinship with these destinations that many others never experience. Kelly attended Tulane University as a third-generation legacy, but branched out into a field unknown to her family: architecture. Her love of history, architecture, beauty and soirees have led her to the exciting field of historic preservation.
Favorite building: Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, by Art Nouveau architect Antoni Gaudi.
Leah Solomon received her Master of Preservation Studies degree in 2016 from the Tulane University School of Architecture. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from the University of Southern California (2010).
Her varying professional experience makes her an excellent resource for historic building and site consulting services. Leah’s career also led her to specialize in historic community building and all that entails - committee leadership, research, lecturing, developing educational initiatives, fundraising, and general community engagement.
"With a unique skill set evolved through working in online media planning, public relations, conservation, and advocacy, I come to the field of Historic Preservation with a passion for historic architecture and community revitalization. I believe that preservation is a great way to enrich the character of a community through the built environment by creating a sense of place and celebrating our shared history. Plus, to my total professional enjoyment, I get to research the amazing histories of the structures we live in. It never disappoints!"
Leah is currently the Administrative Director for the Hammond Historic District Commission in Hammond, LA. Other more recent positions include: Assistant Architectural Historian at Clio Associates in New Orleans and Redevelopment Project Manager for Historic Madison, Inc in Madison, Indiana.
Favorite building: Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California
Favorite architectural style: Craftsman
Best trip: Italy, 2006 - As a recent high school graduate, my grandparents took me to Rome, Florence, Venice, and Milan (the big four). They were seasoned Italian tourists and gave me a truly unique and memorable experience centered around historic architecture. Highlights: staying in a Venetian palazzo, touring the uncovered city of Ostia Antica, and attending opera at the Teatro Alla Scala (built c. 1776).