Katrina grew up in Connecticut with a love of history and culture. In 2004, she escaped New England’s snowy winters, and headed to the warm subtropical climate of New Orleans.
Katrina graduated Tulane University with a BA in Social Sciences and a minor in Louisiana Studies. Courses including Louisiana History, Free People of Color, Jazz, Storyville, Louisiana Archaeology, and Historic Preservation created a love of New Orleans’ architectural treasures – all of which she loves to share enthusiastically with her guests!
Other hobbies include reading, knitting, and being a proud member of Krewe De Seuss.
Born and bred right here in the Crescent City, Cheryl always had an interest in the unique architecture of New Orleans and throughout the state of Louisiana. She started giving tours in the French Quarter in 2004 and has never stopped. Belonging to many local historic organizations she continues learning about the buildings, life, and times of her beloved city. Having worked for an engineering firm for over 30 years she has a unique knowledge of not only the styles and details but how the buildings were built.
Erika Gates grew up visiting New Orleans and came back in 2010 to attend graduate school at Tulane University. Erika has a Bachelors in Architecture and a Masters in Preservation Studies. She was the building inspector in the French Quarter for four years and now runs her own consulting firm, Gates Preservation, which specializes in permitting and compliance with city agencies for buildings in historic districts. Erika and her husband collect and restore vintage objects they exhibit in their Garden District home.
A New Orleans cheerleader since his arrival in 1992, Guy’s love of history and zeal for authenticity keep him connected to the Crescent City’s vibrant culture. Earning his Master’s from Harvard Divinity School (1997), Guy is a practiced public speaker who seeks to accurately portray the history, culture, and architectural heritage of New Orleans 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; aiming to infuse dry facts with living context – and a touch of humor. A licensed tour guide, professional and courteous to all he encounters, Guy resides with his husband in their restored Faubourg Marigny home.
Karen, a native New Orleanian lives in the French Quarter on Bourbon Street! She’s been “leading her own parade” as an independent city planning consultant in New Orleans for over 25 years. Her love of the culture, food, architecture, music, literature, and characters of the French Quarter is what led her to becoming a tour guide. She loves to have her tour guests immerse themselves in New Orleans with a deep appreciation of her home!