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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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Lauren Bush

Lauren was born in Olean, New York, and currently lives in Rochester. She graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s in history from SUNY college at Brockport. Her main focus was the Civil War era, but she also has interest in the American Revolution, material culture, and museums. Lauren loves to travel—exploring new cities, museums, and historic locations. Growing up, she enjoyed visiting places such as Gettysburg; New York City has come to be her favorite place because of the history and culture all around. Her favorite building is the Flatiron Building in Manhattan.

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Elizabeth Day

Elizabeth is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in history and communication studies at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Midwest born and raised, she is drawn to Prairie School architecture and the cultural influences that created the Arts and Crafts movement in the United States.

Elizabeth is passionate about historic preservation and connecting people with their heritage. She loves visiting new places and learning about their local histories. Her interest in history has led her to pursue a career in historical research and curation, which she hopes will allow her to be constantly learning.

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Jacqueline Giz

Jacqueline was born and raised in Bergen County, New Jersey, right across the river from New York City. She is currently pursuing her B.A. in art history and political science at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Jacqueline is very passionate about historic preservation and she hopes to pursue a career in cultural property law to help preserve important historical sites and artifacts for future generations.

As a student of art history, Jacqueline loves spending her time at museums and historical sites. Her love for art and history was inspired by frequent trips to New York City throughout her childhood—most memorably the trips to the Met Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.

Neoclassical architecture is her favorite style. In particular, she loves the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

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

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