New Orleans Historic Preservation
8 amazing spots housed in repurposed NOLA churches
Former houses of worship find new life and 21st-century appeal as yoga studios, theaters, restaurants, and more
A Victorian shotgun in Holy Cross wants $175K
A project of the Preservation Resource Center, this circa-1900s home is beautifully renovated
A beautifully preserved circa-1879 Italianate-style townhome on Esplanade Avenue hits the market for $2.2M
It’s been featured in films ranging from Cat People to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
A map by artist Jake Berman recreates New Orleans’ circa-1875 streetcar system
"I’m trying to put myself in the mind of a graphic designer from 1875 and do what they might have done if they had modern printing technology available."
A circa-1840s Creole cottage in Treme hits the market for $775K
Preservation architect Rick Fifield spearheaded the Macarty Cottage’s renovation
Once an eyesore, this 160-year-old cotton building in the CBD now houses luxury apartments
A two-year renovation project transformed the three-building complex into one cohesive, 16-unit apartment complex.
Mint midcentury modern by Murvan M. Maxwell hits Metairie market
It’s practically a 1959 time capsule
Bourbon Street’s reconstruction halts; will resume after Mardi Gras
The project is more than 50 percent complete
The Samuel Green house is up for grabs
The circa-1849 home in the Garden District asks $1.275M
Inside Hotel Peter & Paul in the Marigny
The hotel’s soft opening was in October
St. Roch has a new tool lending library and murals courtesy of nonprofit Rebuilding Together
Six residents also received free home repairs at the yearly "Building Healthy Neighborhoods" event.
Sidney Torres tours Irish Channel’s Bakery Village home
On Wednesday, March 1, CNBC premiered "The Deed," featuring New Orleans’ Sidney Torres IV as host.
Mid-City, Parkview historic districts: Vote postponed to next month
The Tulane-Canal neighborhood wants to be considered separately
Gallier Hall is about to get a $5 million makeover
The Greek Revival building Gallier Hall, which overlooks Lafayette Square and is the spot for much of the pomp and circumstance New Orleans Carnival, is undergoing a $5 million renovation. This includes restoring art, furniture, and other objects.
Regulations on historic neighborhoods expanded
Carrollton and St. Charles Avenue are now under extended historic oversight
Group wants to take down Andrew Jackson statue
Frustrated by the city's delay in removing its Confederate monuments, The Advocate reports a New Orleans activist group wants to take down what is perhaps the city’s most iconic statue, the Andrew Jackson figure in the French Quarter, themselves.
It'll be $10 million to clean out Charity Hospital
Last time we heard about the future of Charity Hospital, which has sat abandoned since Hurricane Katrina 11 years ago, the state was starting from scratch in the redevelopment process and hiring a consultant to help dictate plans for the hospital.
Board seeks flexibility for Carrollton Courthouse
The Orleans Parish School Board is planning to sell the historic Carrollton Courthouse soon. But first, Uptown Messenger reports the board hoping to alter the property’s future land use designation in the city’s Master Plan to offer some flexibility.
John Kennedy Toole’s Riverbend home is for sale
John Kennedy Toole’s last Uptown residence recently hit the market in the Riverbend. Built in 1885, the 3,636 square-foot center hall boasts wood floors, 12-foot ceilings, and formal living and dining rooms. Take a look inside this literary landmark.
A blighted home could become a Katrina museum
Levees.org founder Sandy Rosenthal found and purchased a Gentilly ranch home that was flooded to its rafters after Hurricane Katrina, and she hopes to turn it into a museum of sorts highlighting the storm’s damage, according to The Advocate.
Sidney Torres is in trouble in the French Quarter
Mr. French Quarter himself, Sidney Torres, might be in a little trouble with the Vieux Carre Commission, according to The Advocate. The group is accusing Torres of making major alterations to two historic buildings he owns near Esplanade Avenue.
There's a Pikachu statue in Coliseum Square
A wild Pikachu might be a rarity in Pokemon Go, but you can find one in Coliseum Square. Sometime this weekend, someone erected a statue in the park depicting the most recognizable of Pokemon. The statue is emblazoned with the hashtag #pokemonument.
Historic Central City church to become fancy home
A 143-year-old former church at 2517 Jackson Ave. in Central City will become a single-family home with a pool and gardens. The Neighborhood Conservation District Advisory Committee approved a demolition that will make way for the project. Read on.
Should the Andrew Jackson statue come down, too?
A new lawsuit is attempting to stall efforts to remove New Orleans’ four Confederate monuments, this one claiming that if the other monuments come down, the iconic Andrew Jackson statue needs to go, too. That is, if those monuments ever come down.
80-ft. buildings may come to Marigny, other 'hoods
Last year the Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association sued the city as an attempt to stop a provision in the city’s new comprehensive zoning ordinance, which would allow buildings up to 80 feet tall in Marigny and other riverfront neighborhoods.
More CBD jazz landmarks slated for development
Two landmarks of New Orleans’ "back of town" jazz corridor have been sold to a New Orleans developer. The Arlene and Joseph Meraux Charitable Foundation has sold the former Iroquois Theatre and Karnofsky Tailor Shop to developer Joseph Georgusis.
The Capri Motel may be replaced by apartments
A nuisance to some and a midcentury landmark to others, Tulane Avenue’s Capri Motel may soon be demolished, and its owners plan build an apartment complex at the site if that happens. The owners’ demolition request still needs City Council approval.
Treme's Carver Theater is for sale
Two years after a massive restoration, the historic Carver Theater in Treme is on the market for $5.5 million. After an $11 million restoration, the Carver opened in April 2014. The theater's current owner wants to "pass the torch" to someone else.
Make your voice heard on fate of the Capri Motel
Think the city should approve the owners of Tulane Avenue's Capri Motel’s request for demolition, or should this midcentury structure be saved and renovated? You can give your input at a public meeting on June 20 at 2 p.m. at City Council chambers.
Should You Have to Pay the City Rent For a Stoop?
A city policy unrolled in the last year dictates that owners of buildings with features such as galleries, balconies, stoops or fences that extend out on the public space must pay the city rent in order to get a work permit for the property.
Should the Capri Motel Be Saved?
We posted about a recent demolition application for the Capri Motel, a low-rent hotel on Tulane Avenue that is a magnet for seedy activity. This news garnered a strong reaction on Facebook, where many readers said the hotel should be saved.
Our Lady of Lourdes Church Uptown Sells for $1.3M
Our Lady of Lourdes church Uptown, which had been on the market since last spring, sold at the end of April to 616 Girod LLC for $1,300,000. The Napoleon Avenue church flooded after Hurricane Katrina and was never returned to use.
New Orleans' Nine Most Endangered Sites
Every year, the Louisiana Landmarks Society releases its list of New Orleans' most endangered historic sites. This year's list includes all of the city's parks and public places, the hotly debated Confederate monuments, and an entire neighborhood,
Library Moving Into Curtis & Davis Building
The future of the Mid-City branch of the New Orleans Public Library was in limbo last year after a debacle over its status as a tenant at the American Can strip. Since then, library has found a new home: a modernist building on Canal Street.
The Confederate Monuments' Removal Delayed Again
The city has cancelled the bid process to remove four New Orleans Confederate monuments, which has become contentions and even dangerous for some involved, while a lawsuit to stop the removal is in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
After a Small Fire, the Presbytere is Open Again
Just in time for summer in New Orleans, when air conditioned indoor activities are key, the Presbytere is open again after being closed for six weeks following a small fire. The fire may have been due to a malfunctioning air conditioning unit.
Looking at New Orleans Parks, Then and Now
It's Renovation Week, and that doesn't just apply to homes and buildings that have been fixed up. New Orleans' parks have also gone through big transformations over the years. Here, photos of New Orleans' biggest parks through the years.
The LGD's Lafon Fountain Could Be Restored
The Coliseum Square Association plans to use funds from a fundraising push to restore parks and fountains in the neighborhood, specifically Lafon Fountain in Coliseum Square Park, which has "sat abandoned to graffiti and overgrowth."