MHA acquires New Orleans-based Clio Associates, establishes seventh office location

MacRostie Historic Advisors LLC (MHA) is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in New Orleans, Louisiana. Established industry professionals and former co-owners of the New Orleans-based historic preservation firm Clio Associates, Gabrielle Begue and Beth Jacob, will be joining as senior associates, and managing MHA projects in and around Louisiana. Anna Mod, director of MHA’s Houston office, will serve as the director of the New Orleans team.

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Beth Jacob & Gabrielle Begue

Senior Associates | New Orleans

For MHA, this combination represents the firm’s long-standing interest in the New Orleans market. “For years, New Orleans has been a city of particular interest to our firm both for its unique culture and architectural heritage as well as its proven track record in historic tax credit development,” said William (Bill) MacRostie, founding partner of MHA. “We are delighted to have found such talented colleagues in Beth and Gabrielle.” In 2017, Louisiana led the country in number of federal historic tax credit applications and generated almost $350 million in investment that year.

“We have tremendous respect for MacRostie Historic Advisors and are honored to be joining such an accomplished team of professionals,” said Begue. Together, Begue and Jacob have worked on notable projects, including the award-winning Pontchartrain Hotel, Hotel Peter and Paul, and the recent National Register designation of a large-scale historic district in Baton Rouge, the state’s capital. “It is exciting to see so much investment in New Orleans and the greater Gulf South region. We have a wealth of historic buildings that are well suited for creative reuse and preservation efforts,” said Jacob.

Gabrielle Begue, MPS is a New Orleans native who lived and worked in New York City for over a decade before returning to her hometown in 2011 to earn her Master of Preservation Studies degree at Tulane’s School of Architecture. At Clio, she served as project lead on dozens of federal and state tax credit projects and completed National Register listings of properties ranging from modern high-rises to a colonial-era plantation. In addition to her graduate degree in historic preservation, she holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French Language and Literature from New York University. Begue was previously an assistant editor at academic publisher NYU Press, where she focused on American history. She currently serves on the boards of the Louisiana Landmarks Society and Friends of the Cabildo.

Beth Jacob, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C is a preservation architect with over 18 years of experience on a range of architecture, historic preservation, and planning projects. At Clio, she prepared federal and state historic tax credit applications, National Register nominations, historic district design guidelines, and preservation plans for projects in Louisiana and the greater Gulf South region. Since 2014, she has also served as the technical design consultant for the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority’s award-winning commercial corridor improvement program, Façade RENEW. Prior to forming Clio Associates, Jacob was a project manager in the Urban Design and Planning Studio at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP in Chicago. Jacob earned a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Preservation Studies degree from the Tulane School of Architecture, where she has also taught as an adjunct lecturer. In 2017, she was awarded the Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship, a prize conferred biennially to one American preservation architect for six months of research, travel, and professional exchange in France. Jacob is currently a member of the Architectural Review Committee for the New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission and serves on the board of the New Orleans Architecture Foundation.

Like all MHA practitioners, both Begue and Jacob meet the Secretary of the Interior’s professional qualification standards in history and architectural history.