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Katrina Horning: Our team

Katrina Horning:

Founder of New Orleans Architecture Tours / Nola Tours

Our team leader, Katrina, grew up in Connecticut and developed a love of history and culture at a young age. In 2004, she escaped New England’s snowy winters, headed to the warm subtropical climate of New Orleans and, so it was, Nola Tours began.

Katrina is currently enjoying the weather in the South of France where she attends graduate school and expanding the tour company to Europe.

Katrina graduated Tulane University with a BA in Social Sciences and a minor in Louisiana Studies. She loved studying state History, Free People of Color, Jazz, Storyville, Louisiana Archaeology, and Historic Preservation. Those courses created in her a love of New Orleans’ architectural treasures. She enthusiastically shares all of those topics with everyone!

Katrina’s other hobbies include reading, knitting, and being a proud member of Krewe De Seuss.

Favorite New Orleans Building: Hibernia Bank Building

Favorite New Orleans Quote:


Suzanne Stone

Jewish New Orleans Tour Guide, French Quarter Tour Guide

Suzanne is a New Orleanian by choice, having moved here from Washington DC, where she was a docent with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Suzanne learned about the unique history of New Orleans through the Friends of the Cabildo. She served as a docent at New Orleans’s WWII museum, Historic New Orleans Collection, and the Sazerac House. As a result, she is armed with an arsenal of knowledge! Suzanne loves to enchant visitors by explaining the ways New Orleans is unique from everywhere else and she will be the first one to tell you that it’s not only the architecture and cuisine thats unique. It is also the differences in our music, which bubbles up from the streets.

Suzanne specializes in lessor known New Orleans histories. For instance, one of her specialties is the women who helped build, and later save, the French Quarter. She also specializes in the Jews, who have been here since the 1700s and have majorly contributed to the multi-ethnic gumbo of our city.

Suzanne is one of a kind and is a well loved member of our team.

Favorite New Orleans Building: Madam John’s Legacy

Favorite New Orleans Quote: “In New Orleans, we celebrate everything. It’s probably the only place you’ll see people dancing in a funeral home.” — Trombone Shorty and, “New Orleans is thrilling. The history is as rich as the food.” – Toyah Wilcox

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Guy LaMothe: Our Team

Guy LaMothe

Marigny Tour Guide, French Quarter Tour Guide

Guy became a New Orleans cheerleader in 1992 upon his arrival to the Crescent City. He brings an unequaled charm and wit to our team which he ultimately delights his tour guests with.

Guy earned his Master’s from Harvard Divinity School in 1997 and he is a practiced public speaker. He seeks to accurately portray the history, culture, and architectural heritage of New Orleans. He does this in ways that build greater understanding, increase civic enthusiasm, and convey current relevance. A perpetual student of New Orleans history, Guy seeks to convert complex concepts into manageable subjects. He aims to infuse dry facts with living context and a touch of humor. 

Guy is a licensed tour guide who is professional and courteous to all he encounters. He resides with his husband in their restored Faubourg Marigny home.

Favorite New Orleans Building: Rosette Rochon Creole Cottage

Favorite New Orleans Quote: “Times are not good here. The city is crumbling into ashes. It has been buried under taxes and frauds and maladministrations so that it has become a study for archaeologists. But it is better to live here in sackcloth and ashes than to own the whole state of Ohio.“Inventing New Orleans – Writings of Lafcadio Hearn


Will Alexander: Our Team

Will Alexander

Garden District Tour Guide

Will grew up in Charleston, SC and finally moved to New Orleans in 2014.

He is a preservation consultant and general contractor. Will’s tours in the Garden District connect building science to the rich history and cultural context of these grand homes.

Will is on the board of directors for The Preservation Resource Center and his knowledge and professionalism is certainly unmatched.

He is not all work. He has a fun side too. Will can be spotted riding with the Krewe of the Rolling Elvi as well as marching with Krewe du Vieux during Carnival season. In summary, our team thrives with Will on board.

Favorite New Orleans Building: The Carrollton Courthouse

Favorite New Orleans Quote: “New Orleans listens eagerly to the seductive promises of the future but keeps at least one foot firmly planted in its history, and in the end, conforms, like an artist, not to the world but to its own inner being” – Tom Robbins


Artie Adkinson

Artie Adkinson

Garden District Tour Guide, French Quarter Tour Guide

Artie Timberlake Adkinson is a sixth- generation New Orleanian with roots in the Strawberry fields near Hungarian Settlement, Louisiana. She has always considered New Orleans her first love and she is thrilled to be able to share that love with locals and tourists alike.

Artie is a member of several organizations. These include Friends of City Park, Save Our Cemeteries, the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association and the Historic Preservation Society. During Carnival, she performs with the Bearded Oysters Dance Krewe and the New Orleans Irish Society Walking Krewe. Additionally, she co-organized “Shamrock Our Blocks Nola” for Saint Patricks Celebrations.

Artie’s background includes teaching, Paralegal, art, and writing. New Orleans history is her favorite subject to research which certainly provides her with a lot of knowledge. Artie lives in the Irish Channel with her husband, children, and also Pawfessor Wray, her beloved cat.

Favorite New Orleans Building: The Peristyle at City Park

Favorite New Orleans Quote: “Leaving New Orleans also frightened me considerably. Outside of the city limits the heart of darkness, the true wasteland begins.” – A Confederacy Of Dunces


Kelsey Tour Guide

Kelsey Wartelle

Marigny Tour Guide, Garden District Tour Guide

Kelsey Wartelle was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana and was surrounded by the rich culture and history of the Heart of Acadiana. She has called New Orleans home for the past ten years and received her tour guiding license in 2021.

She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Loyola University New Orleans. When not leading tours, Kelsey enjoys writing poetry, spending time with her cats, and exploring various waterways around the Gulf South via canoe.

Favorite New Orleans Building: The Gallier House

Favorite New Orleans Quote: “If you’re open to it, New Orleans will teach you about yourself, but if you want to hide from who you really are, the city will help you do that too.” – Laurell K. Hamilton



Pauline tour guide

Pauline Pastore

Garden District Guide

Pauline grew up in the Chicagoland area.  She moved to New Orleans to be closer to family in 2019 and to escape the windy and often frigid city and she quickly became enamored with the history and architecture of New Orleans.  She returned to school to learn as much as possible during the pandemic and shares that knowledge with visitors and transplants. The shutdown provided her with a unique opportunity to explore many neighborhoods from Lakeview to Holy Cross and Bywater to Audubon Park.  She became engrossed by these enclaves and learned a myriad of details on each area’s unique history and architecture. 

Pauline is a research nurse by profession. As a retiree she is having much more fun by sharing her enthusiasm by tour guiding in her favorite neighborhood, the historic Garden District.   She enjoys deep dives into NOLA history and can often be found in libraries and archives, sharing her treasured photos and facts with guests. Pauline lives in Uptown New Orleans and enjoys traveling, dog-sitting and cocktails on her front porch.   

Favorite New Orleans Building: Gallier Hall

Favorite New Orleans Quote: “There is no place like New Orleans. So it’s a must see city because there’s no explaining it, no describing it. You can’t compare it to anything. So, far and away New Orleans.” – Anthony Bourdain


Carrie Smith

Alumni & Guest Guide

Carrie Smith is an interior designer with a masters in historic preservation from Tulane University. She loves telling the stories of New Orleans through its buildings and the people who crafted them.  She is a self proclaimed inveterate global traveler and life-long student. Carrie loves putting into context the complex history of her adopted city as well as its people, architecture, culture, cocktails, and long-held traditions.  

Carrie is a relatively recent transplant to New Orleans and a welcomed member of our team. She and her husband run Wonk Press, a boutique publishing company focusing on all manner of fascinating and nerdy subjects. They put special emphasis on the cocktail and spirits industry and they live in the Riverbend neighborhood with their boxer dog, Nelson.


Caroline Williams

French Quarter Tour Guide

Caroline (also known as “Phant”) is a Louisiana native and a lover of this city, whose native roots run deep.  In fact, her ancestor’s portrait hangs in the Cabildo!

She is an experienced classroom educator, with a Masters in Teaching, focused on Louisiana History.  She also works as an outdoor educator with the New Orleans Recreation Department, teaching about local flora, fauna, and native ecology. Her passions include canoeing, camping, meeting new people, dancing to good music, and sharing her knowledge of local history and ecology.

Favorite New Orleans Building:  (It Ain’t Der No More)

Favorite New Orleans Quote:  “There is no place on earth even remotely like New Orleans.  Don’t even try to compare it with anywhere else.  Even trying to describe it is tricky, as chances are, no matter how much you love it, you don’t really know it.”  – Anthony Bourdain

Carlos Prieto

French Quarter Tour Guide

Carlos was born and raised here in New Orleans. His parents immigrated here from Colombia. Ever since he was a child, he always enjoyed spending the weekends in the French Quarter with his family and looking at the beautiful architecture. Carlos graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University (SLU) with a Bachelor of Arts and graduated from Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) with a Master of Arts. Carlos prides himself on accurately portraying the history, culture, and architectural heritage of New Orleans from both a French and Spanish perspective. Carlos loves New Orleans so much that he volunteers his time as a Tour Guide at the Friends of the Cabildo (FOC). He was voted “Rookie Tour Guide of the Year in 2023” for the Friends of the Cabildo. Carlos is fluent in Spanish and can provide tours in Spanish as well as English. His hobbies include breakdancing and spending time with his miniature Australian Labradooddle.

Favorite Building: The Cabildo

Favorite Quote. “New Orleans makes it possible to visit Europe without leaving the United States.”

David Feldman

Jewish New Orleans Tour Guide

David and his wife planned a one week visit to New Orleans. That was eight years ago. They never left. “The past coexists with the present more here than any other place.”  (Writer, Tom Piazza) We are fortunate in New Orleans to have so much of our past still present.

With his degree in English Literature, David has worked as a journalist, teacher, shipwright, housewright, and designer….but he was born to tell stories, he just hadn’t found the right one until New Orleans.

David is a licensed tour guide and credits the Friends of The Cabildo as his entry into New Orleans history. He has been conducting French Quarter, Garden District, Culinary History and Special Interest tours since 2016. David’s guiding principles: historically accurate*, entertaining and memorable.

David and his wife live at the Uptown end of the historic St. Charles Streetcar Line. Currently, David is focused on NOLATours: Jewish New Orleans. It’s a great story!

 * “Know the facts, then twist them as you like.”—Mark Twain.

FAVORITE QUOTE: “Few visit New Orleans without delight. Few leave without regret. But none can forget her special charms.” Inventing New Orleans – Writings of Lafcadio Hearn.

FAVORITE BUILDING: BENJAMIN LATROBE’S on Royal at Conti.

Frank Perez

Manager

Frank Perez, B.S., M.A., is a tour guide, historian, public speaker, and a writer.  He has authored four books:  Political Animal: The Life and Times of Stewart Butler, Southern Decadence in New Orleans, In Exile: The History and Lore Surrounding New Orleans Gay Culture and Its Oldest Gay Bar, and Treasures of the Vieux Carre: Ten Self-Guided Walking Tours of the French Quarter.  He is also the co-editor of the anthology My Gay New Orleans: 28 Personal Reminiscences on LGBT+ Life in New Orleans.  His latest book, The Rainbow Fleur de Lis, is forthcoming from the University Press of Mississippi.

In addition, he is also a columnist for French Quarter Journal and Ambush Magazine.  His publications also include a number of scholarly articles in academic journals as well as a number of poems and short stories in various literary journals.  When not writing or giving tours, Perez teaches history classes at Loyola University.  He also serves as Executive Director of the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana.

Favorite New Orleans Building: The Xiques House

Favorite New Orleans Quote: “New Orleans. A courtesan, not old and yet no longer young, who shuns the sunlight that the illusion of her former glory be preserved. The mirrors in her house are dim and the frames are tarnished; all her house is dim and beautiful with age.”—William Faulkner