One of Bywater’s most recognizable structures—a pink corner store facing Chartres Street and the Mississippi River—hit the market for $350,000 this week. Most recently, the commercially zoned building housed a vintage clothing shop, and from 2010 to 2014, it was home to Euclid Records.
The warehouse-like, 2,346-square-foot space hasn’t changed much in the last five years. Painted by musician, DJ, and Euclid Records manager Lefty Parker, the 11-foot mural of Ernie K-Doe is more or less intact, as are other vestigial remains of the shop’s former life: an exterior bulletin board still papered with event flyers, a partially enclosed, red-painted rear corner that once served as a stage.
The 100-year-old building last sold for $32,000 in 2006—which reveals just how much the upper 9th Ward has changed since those uncertain post-Katrina days. Today, 3401 Chartres Street is flanked by multi-million dollar condo developments. In 2006, it faced a floodwall and dilapidated wharves. Now that narrow riverfront strip is a 20-acre urban linear park.
The listing says this two-bathroom building “needs renovation work,” so perhaps it will be Bywater’s next big makeover project.
Via: Jennifer Saltaformaggio of Keller Williams Realty