Historic preservation was a central part of the lives of Joan and James Loeb, and the collecting of fine American antiques was a natural extension of that passion. Among their many accomplishments in support of preservation and the arts, in 1967 they helped establish Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery in their Alabama hometown, an organization that now includes 50 historic properties.
They variously served on numerous boards, including the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. And, together they sought out and collected fine American antiques to furnish their Montgomery home, patronizing the best dealers of the time including Israel Sack, Bernard & S. Dean Levy, C.L. Prickett, and others.