Kelly has been a member of the historic preservation industry in New Orleans since 2015 and quickly gained experience working within the state and federal regulations pertaining to the National Register of Historic Places and Historic Tax Credits. She is also a licensed realtor with Talbot Historic Properties.
Architecture surveys have become a specialty for Kelly. From 2016 to 2019, Kelly led the surveys for three large-scale historic areas: Hammond (over 1,200 buildings), Lake Charles (over 450 buildings), and Lake Vista (about 1,000 buildings), New Orleans, Louisiana. All over the Gulf Coast, each area offered a distinct contribution to the history of Louisiana and its architectural legacy. Ultimately, serving as the consultant for these projects, Kelly developed an understanding of the distinct requirements of the National Park Service (NPS) and State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Working to conduct architecture surveys includes the understanding of the Louisiana Historic Resources Inventory (LHRI) form and digital spreadsheet; picture requirements; data organization and constant relationships with the state and federal officials.
Kelly has extensive experience conducting research on historic buildings. She serves as a lead architectural historian for the Garden District Association, a National Register of Historic Places district. Having written dozens of historic building reports, she has valuable knowledge of the process of conducting research at this level and translating information from digital, paper, and interview forms. Primary sources include notarial archives, conveyance records, real estate and records documents, newspaper searches, microfilm analyses, historic mapping, digital archives, and more.
Being licensed in historic real estate, Kelly brings to her clients an understanding of the fair market value of real estate trends and how its effects historic properties. Beyond her considerable experience working on NRHP surveys, nominations, expansions, and historic research, Kelly’s multidisciplinary experience in non-profit, educational, and advocacy programs helped secure her as a trusted resource in her field.