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Georgette Blau

Founder

Georgette created Histoury to help bring awareness to the historic buildings in our communities and to inspire their preservation. A graduate of Skidmore College with a degree in historic preservation, she is also founder and owner of On Location Tours, one of the world’s largest TV and movie location tour companies. The company, currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, hosts over 100,000 tour guests a year in New York City and Boston.

Georgette sits on the board of the Norwalk Preservation Trust in Connecticut, where she grew up. She has been creating their annual house tours since 2011. Georgette currently resides in Westchester with her husband Yoav, son Benjamin, and daughter Zoe.

One of her favorite buildings is the Ukrainian Institute of America in Manhattan.

Allison Casazza

Research, Planning, and Interpretation Associate

Allison joined the Histoury team to share her passion for architecture and history, believing that advocacy for our cultural resources is most effective when people are given the opportunity to connect with them first-hand. She is excited to bring to our tour guests a new perspective on their communities and a greater appreciation for their architectural heritage.

Allison holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in design studies with a concentration in historic preservation from Boston Architectural College. Her professional and volunteer background includes roles in many disciplines of preservation, including research, surveying, interpretation, and design review. Growing up in Danbury, Connecticut, she was a long-time resident of the greater Boston area and currently lives in Westchester County.

She loves Arts and Crafts bungalows and the Shingle style.

Emily
Emily Boyer

Emily was born and raised in Newark, Delaware, and has always enjoyed exploring the first state’s many museums and historic towns. She attended the American University in Washington, DC, where she graduated in December of 2020 with a BA in history and a minor in art History with a concentration on Renaissance portraiture. Her favorite painting from that time is the “La velata” by Raphael. 

Emily is a current graduate student at Johns Hopkins University, where she is studying to receive an MA in museum studies. She hopes to one day work in private art sales or in the auction field. She currently lives in DC with her dog, Winston. Her favorite architectural style is Queen Anne, but her favorite building in the United States is the House of the Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts, built circa 1668. 

Lenna
Lenna Cherry

Lenna holds a B.A. in anthropology from Northern Arizona University and a M.A. in history with a focus in public history from Southern New Hampshire University. Born and raised in the southwestern US, much of her historical focus has been shaped by the region. Her primary focus throughout her education was toward socio-cultural history, preservation, and public engagement in history. Her goal is to help connect people to history and help make it more accessible beyond academia. 

Lenna loves to explore the arts, culture, and history scene of wherever she is; be it when she has the opportunity to travel or within her local community. Lenna’s favorite architectural style is the organic style of Art Nouveau.

Ayanna
Ayanna Goines

Ayanna was born and currently lives in Columbia, South Carolina. She attended the University of South Carolina and graduated with a dual bachelor’s degree in criminology and history. She has stayed at UofSC to complete her master’s in public history with a concentration in historic preservation. Her focus is on United States history up to 1870 but she is also interested in all regions and periods. Ayanna loves to travel to new places and hopes that she can combine that with her passion for preserving and presenting history to the public. She is really interested in the Gothic style and is fascinated with the Chateau style of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.

Carly
Carly Goldstein

Carly is from South Salem, New York, and attends Parsons School of Design, pursuing a BFA in photography. She enjoys photographing the mundane frame of America and focusing on the beauty of simplicity.  Architecture is a subject that she has always been drawn to in her work, she is interested in the concept that objects or buildings can hold on to time and she likes to envision what these places would have looked like in their respective time periods. She is hoping to get her master’s in archival science and is very interested in all varieties preserving history. Growing up so close to the border of Connecticut and visiting her grandparents in Vermont, she is familiar with the New England landscape and has always been fascinated by its historic architecture. Carly ranks the TWA Flight Center among her favorite buildings.

Tawnie
Tawnie Richman Gong

Tawnie is passionate about history, historic preservation, and architectural heritage. She recently graduated from Southern Virginia University with a BA in history and politics, with a concentration in museum studies. Tawnie was born and raised in Centerville, Utah, and has lived her adult life in Virginia and now Columbus, Ohio. 

Working with different archives, historical societies, and museum exhibitions, Tawnie knows the connection architectural history brings to a community in telling a story, portraying values, and bringing inspiration to the future. She loves exploring historical sites and museums around the country and is pursuing her career in historical research and curation. One of her favorite buildings, with sentimental and architectural value, is the Southern Seminary Main Building, a beautiful mixture of French Renaissance and Queen Anne architecture, built in 1890.

Rhea
Rhea Iyer

Rhea was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up briefly in the United States and the United Kingdom before spending most of her childhood and teenage years in Pune, India. She is currently pursuing her bachelor of architecture in the five-year NAAB accredited program at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. She is also minoring in sustainability and is very passionate about architectural history and theory, possibly looking to create her own customized minor in the field. Her interest in art and history has been influenced by living in New York and taking related classes in college, including an inspiring visit to the Met Cloisters, now one of her favorite buildings. Rhea is particularly fond of traditional Hindustani architecture.

Greg
Gregg Saldutti

Gregg earned his B.A. in political science and economics from the University of Detroit Mercy and recently graduated with an M.Sc. in human geography from Radboud University in the Netherlands. As a geographer, Gregg is interested in using data science and GIS to better understand and preserve cultural landscapes. When not behind a computer screen, he enjoys imaging historical geographies while soaking in urban and rural cultural landscapes on foot.

Growing up, Gregg was inspired by landscapes of American colonial history and the Civil War era. Today he is drawn to the historically layered geographies of the Mediterranean, particularly places like Tarragona, Spain, and Tyre, Lebanon. His favorite building is the Church of St. John in Ohrid, Macedonia.

Leo
Leo Wehner

Leo has been interested in architecture and history since he was very young, often drawing and writing about buildings in his spare time. He grew up in Virginia, and he’s currently finishing his bachelor’s degree at the University of Chicago, where he is studying English, German, and architectural studies. In addition to vernacular housing, he’s also interested in public space’s role in shaping our cities and towns. Leo has had the opportunity to live in and travel to some of the most interesting neighborhoods in the country, and one of his favorite things to do is to walk through the streets and notice little details about the buildings. He hopes to eventually pursue architectural practice. He’s interested in modernist experiments in housing like the Schindler House in Los Angeles, as well as the more traditional nineteenth-century housing stock of his native Mid-Atlantic.

Histoury is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (pending).

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