We here at Curbed NOLA are feeling revitalized thanks to New York firm Alembic Community Development's amazing transformation of the Myrtle Banks Building in Central City. The 112 year old building was once home to McDonough 38 but was sadly abandoned by OPSB and subsequently suffered major structural damage thanks to a major fire in 2008. Now, the building will still house one facet of education in the form of office space for KIPP. Its 39,000 total square feet will soon house Jack & Jake's market on the ground floor, more retail on the second level, and co-working space for creatives with loads of glorious natural light on the third level.
Also on the third level and running until the end of Prospect.3 is Above Canal: Rights and Revival, a truly moving exhibit exploring the neighborhood's history and the civil rights movement as a whole, an effort spearheaded by Creative Alliance of New Orleans, who partnered with Alembic in offering work space and their gallery showing that includes artists such as T Rock Moore and Bruce Davenport Jr. After the jump, a look at 1307 Oretha Castle Haley's progress as it moves even closer to opening its doors.