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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.

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Jessica Chunat Intern

Jessica was born and raised in Cleveland, OH. She is a recent graduate of Kent State University, where she earned her B.A. in Architectural Studies, with minors in Nonprofit Studies and Historic Preservation. She will be attending Clemson University this fall to pursue her M.S. in Historic Preservation.

Her love for historic architecture stems from visiting historic districts as a child and growing an appreciation for the character they hold. She is interested in historic structures not just for how they stand, but how they contribute to the character of the community. She enjoys reading, painting, music, and cooking. 

Her favorite style of architecture is the Neoclassical style.

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Carly Civello Social Media Intern

Carly, born and raised in Hershey, PA, is currently working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising at Temple University. She loves attending university in the big city of Philadelphia, and she enjoys taking the subway downtown to explore new places. She’s passionate about art, writing, photography, and travel. 

Her interest in history and architecture developed on family trips to countries like Italy and Canada. She loves to travel and learn more about a destination through its art and buildings. Her favorite style of architecture is mid-century modern, and she especially admires Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture. 

Her favorite building, Fallingwater, is located in Pennsylvania.

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Micaela Dixon Intern

Micaela, born and raised in Syracuse, NY, graduated from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY with a Bachelor of Arts in both Anthropology and American Studies. She continued on to Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA where she graduated with a Master in Preservation Design.

Her love of history began through many trips to Colonial Williamsburg as a child. Initially, she wanted to continue her education in archaeology but realized that many buildings still standing had stories that needed to be told and preserved. While she specializes in adaptive reuse architecture projects, Micaela has an affinity for research and is passionate about uncovering a building’s stories.

Her favorite building is the Davenport House in Savannah, GA.

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Megan Parr Intern

Megan is a rising junior at the University of Pittsburgh, originally from Long Island, New York. At Pitt she studies communication rhetoric, theatre arts, and French. Megan is extremely passionate about storytelling, the arts, and learning about different cultures. 

Spending the majority of her time in Pittsburgh, Megan loves exploring the city and hopes to visit every museum in the Pittsburgh area. Some of her favorite neighborhoods of Pittsburgh include Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, and the North Shore. 

Gothic and Gothic Revival architecture, like the Cathedral of Learning (aka “Cathy”) at the University of Pittsburgh, are among her favorite architectural styles. 

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Daria Siliutina Intern

Daria was born and raised in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Having given up a big city noise for a quiet country atmosphere, she learns the peculiarities of southern life. Daria is passionate about graphic design, art, and languages.

Growing up in the heart of blended architectural styles, Daria learned a lot about architecture, history, and culture. She used to explore the city with her friends as a kid and later as a tour guide with tourists from all other the world. The desire to continue learning more about the architecture and share this knowledge with other people has brought her to the team as an intern.

Daria’s favorite architecture style is Gothic and one of her favorite buildings is the Corvin Castle, Hunedoara, Romania.

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