Established by Harnett Kane (1910-1994), Louisiana Landmarks Society's founding member and President, this prestigious award salutes those who have demonstrated lifetime contributions to preservation.
Congratulations to our 2016 Award Recipient:
David L. Campbell
Pictured Above left to right: Landmarks Board Member, Jim Logan, David L. Campbell, Landmarks Board Member Stephen Chauvin
This year's Harnett Kane Awards Committee, consisting of Sandra Stokes, chair, along with Carol Allen, Walter Gallas, and three previous Harnett Kane Award winners (Camille Strachan, Jim Logan, and Michael Duplantier), is pleased to announce the selection of David L. Campbell as recipient of the 2016 Harnett Kane Award.
David served as the ninth president of Louisiana Landmarks Society in 1974-76, the period immediately after the completion of the Pitot House restoration. During that period and under David's leadership, the Pitot House was first opened to the public with the first resident curator, Donald Didier and his family; Landmarks opposed the proposed sound and light program in Jackson Square; was involved with the Audubon Park expansion controversy, supported the new Historic District Landmarks ordinances, supported restoration of funding for the Old U.S. Mint, and advocated for the 1700s Ringrose Plantation House, considered to be the oldest house in its original location in St. Landry Parish.
David was an early advocate for preservation and reuse of buildings in the Warehouse District, and was instrumental in having his firm Deutsch Kerrigan and Stiles rehabilitate the building at the corner of Julia and Camp Street as their law offices. He was the first permanent homeowner resident of the Historic Lafayette Square District, restoring the 1832 building at 535 Julia St. from Ed's Beds to his home and three condos, and in 1991-1992 served as president of the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans. David also served for 10 years on the board of the Louisiana Preservation Alliance (now the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation) as a representative of the Florida Parishes.
David was also a leader in the battle to prevent the destruction of Uptown neighborhoods by the proposed construction of a new Mississippi River bridge at Napoleon Avenue, in capacity as president and attorney for the Peniston-Gen. Taylor Association. He also was active in years long efforts in opposition to the riverfront expressway, to remove the Camp St. up-ramp in the Lower Garden District, and worked with the Under the Bridge Coalition to keep pressure on the state Dept. of Transportation to eventually remove the ramp.
Today, David lives in Folsom, where he is completing his memoirs for publication later this year, having retired after recently selling his other love, "Little River Bluffs - A Nature Preserve & Retreat."