Ann Masson is a New Orleans art historian who writes, teaches, and consults in the areas of architecture, antiques, and historic preservation. She is the assistant director of the masters in historic preservation program at Tulane University, where she has taught The History of New Orleans Architecture and Architecture in the Americas at the School of Architecture. A former editor for Preservation in Print, Masson has authored and edited numerous books and contributes entries for the KnowLA Web site, which is sponsored by the Louisiana Committee for the Humanities.
In addition to serving as the second executive director of the Preservation Resource Center, she held the position of executive director of the Gallier House Museum for more than fifteen years. Masson has also worked as a consultant for such organizations as the Historic New Orleans Collection, the University of Pennsylvania, Destrehan Plantation, Neal Auction Company, and Save Our Cemeteries. She was an organizer of a cultural tourism symposium with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Masson was a board officer of the Friends of the Cabildo, the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, and Save Our Cemeteries, and she has served as president of the Vieux Carr Property Owners, Residents, and Associates and French Quarter Festivals, Inc. She is a member of the City Planning Commissions Master Plan Committee, the Accessions Committee of the Louisiana State Museum, and the Orleans Parish Landmarks Commission. Masson graduated from Newcomb College, where she majored in anthropology, and holds an MA in art history from Tulane University. She also attended Attingham Park Summer School, a noted study course in the architecture and arts of English country houses, and Loyola Universitys Institute of Politics. Masson lives in a restored 1805 Creole cottage in the Vieux Carr.
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