Tuesday, December 20, 2011
We tend to think of New Orleans architecture only in the vernacular. We tend to privilege traditional architecture over contemporary. We tend to overlook the modern architecture in our midst. But in the 1950s New Orleans was a hotbed for modern architecture and the partnership of Curtis and Davis were pioneers of the new. However the recent losses are staggering. Since the storm we have lost six significant buildings designed by Curtis and Davis - the St. Frances Cabrini Church, four schools (McDonogh 39, Thomy Lafon, Carver and Cabrini) and the Dr. Lyman K. Richardson Residence. In the past few years Mr. Davis frequently lamented that an architect should not outlive his buildings. We are blessed that the magnum opus of the firm, the recently renamed and brilliantly illuminated Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the most recognized building in the state of Louisiana, stands as a testament to the ingenuity and ambition of Mr. Curtis and Mr. Davis.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
This unique architecture tour of notable and noteworthy Modern architecture buildings along Saint Charles Avenue will begin at 2pm at AIA New Orleans Center for Design, on Lee Circle, and culminate with a reception at the residence of architect Marcel Wisznia - a House of Tomorrow (1936, Moise Goldstein, architect, Nathaniel Cortlandt Curtis, designer).
This tour is dedicated to the memory of architect and historian Samuel Wilson, Jr. in honor of the centennial of his birth. We are especially grateful for Wilson’s seminal survey of 20th-century architecture in A Guide to Architecture of New Orleans 1699-1959.
[Unity Temple, Leonard Spangenberg architect, 1960-61; photo: Stephanie Day, Tulane School of Architecture New Orleans Virtual Archive]
Monday, August 15, 2011
Alfons Schadler acquired the site from the Hartwell Estate to construct a new headquarters for his Southern Radio Supply Company (est.1932).
The two story air conditioned building included a "high fidellity sound room," a 2000 SF showroom and 4000 SF of office space. It was designed by architect John M. Lachin, Jr. and constructed in 1956 by Otis W. Sharp and Sons, contractors.
[The Times-Picayune; Date: 03-27-1955]
Monday, July 25, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
The McDonogh 36 Elementary School / renamed Mahalia Jackson Elementary (Charles Cobert and Sol Rosenthal, 1954) is the sole survivor of the the thirty modern public schools built in New Orleans in the 1950s.
The school was renovated by architect John C. Williams for a non-profit foundation and re-opened in 2010 as the Mahalia Jackson Early Childhood Family Learning Center. During renovation, the facility was stripped bare to the concrete and steel structure, shedding years of unsympathetic alterations and redundant mechanical systems. The form is a fusion of a ‘finger plan’ school with a double galleried plantation house. Mature live oaks inhabit the courtyards between the wings.
The renovation includes walls of operable windows and maintains the open air circulation gallery. The new program is brilliant and the renovation reminds us how modern school facilities could be retrofitted to serve the community in new ways if only given the chance.
AIA New Orleans is hosting a FREE tour of the Mahalia Jackson Center on Thursday, July 21. Please visit the AIA website to register.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
His letter to the editor dated June 24, 2011 was published on July 7, 2011 in the Times-Picayune.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
John White, Superintendent of the Recovery School District email@example.com
Mayor Mitchell Landrieu firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Hutcheson, advisor to the Mayor on the cultural economy email@example.com
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
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