Born on the fourth of July in Biloxi, Mississippi, Lloyd Vogt graduated from Louisiana State University in 1971 with a degree in architecture. Upon graduation he moved to Miami, Florida, where he worked for three years. After
leaving Miami, he moved to New Orleans and instantly fell in love with the city's architecture and history.
As an architect, he worked on many developments, including Carillon Beach in Florida, Gorham's Bluff in Alabama, and seven Florida Panhandle communities. In addition to these accomplishments, he was dedicated to the Preservation
Resource Center in New Orleans. An active preservationist, Vogt fought to
preserve the unique cultural identity of the city he loved. He also loved the
Carnival season, moving his office to a house on the Uptown parade route so he could catch every moment of the traditional Mardi Gras celebration.
The late author's first book, New Orleans Houses: A House-Watcher's Guide, now in its sixth printing, is the standard reference guide to building styles in the Crescent City. He also wrote a similar book for children, A Young Person's Guide to New Orleans Houses, which is in its second printing. His final work, Historic Buildings of the French Quarter, traces the Crescent City's growth through the development of its architecture. Honored as the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Book of the Year in 2002, the book traces the history of the French Quarter from its origins to the present with the help of more than one hundred illustrations.
Though Vogt was the recipient of numerous awards, two of his most notable honors were a traveling grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a scholarship to study at the Fontainebleau School of Music, Art, and Architecture in France. He died on May 5, 2002 as he finished his last book.