Education: Master of Preservation Studies, 2016, Tulane University, New Orleans

Years of Experience: 13+ years


About James . . .

James Rolf has worked to preserve buildings that contribute to National Register Historic Districts since 2006. He has served in positions ranging from finishing carpenter to director of planning and preservation. James knows first-hand how vital it is to protect and preserve the built environment, which gives communities a sense of place and permanence.

Listen to him as a guest on the podcast: Preservation Destination.

As a preservation consultant, he has worked as an intermediary between the City of New Orleans and neighborhood residents. This included organizing a series of Neighborhood Participation Program meetings to successfully submit a Future Land Use (FLU) amendment to the City of New Orleans Master Plan. While serving as an Historic Preservation Specialist, James worked directly with FEMA EHP and the Louisiana SHPO throughout Section 106 Review processes. FEMA EHP interpretive display panel requirements provided James with the opportunity to research historic properties and surrounding communities for the purpose of public outreach and maintaining buildings’ historic integrity.

Serving as a liaison to the public, government, and community organizations, James has translated the goals, objectives, and policies of the Recovery School District (RSD) programs, projects, and activities critical to the School Facilities Master Plan. His work at the RSD has regularly required him to conduct site plan reviews and make recommendations and decisions on proposed changes for historic/preservation-zoned properties. James’ time at RSD has included over $287 million in school renovations under the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

James is a fifth-generation Gretna resident and is passionate about preserving the community in which he lives. He is Second Vice President of the Gretna Historical Society, as well as Newsletter Editor and a member of the Finance and Building Committees. James also volunteers for the Gretna Tour of Homes, which has highlighted several of the idyllic historic homes in McDonoghville. James continues to preserve Gretna’s built environment through his restoration work of both residential structures and churches. He has consulted with stakeholders at Salem Lutheran Church and is currently the lead preservationist,historic tax credit consultant for the Saint Joseph’s Church and Auditorium restoration.