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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Carol Apartments, Hi-Fi 1966

August A. Perez & Associates designed the modernist condominium structure at the corner of St. Charles and Jackson Avenues in 1966. Promoters Paul Kapelow and Lester Gross boasted that the units featured:
  • All kitchens and baths are furnished with continuous power-actuated exhaust air. The cooking of kippers, cabbage, garlic, bacon, boullabaisse or court bouillon will not invade your privacy. Use of the over range hood booster exhaust is an additional precaution.
  • All electric kitchen appliances, including large combination refrigerator-freezer, oven and range, dishwasher, disposal, and carefree "no watching" washer-dryer (a truly automatic laundress).
  • A master television antenna, pre-wired to each living unit to assure the finest reception.
  • Music available to each residence by the turn of a switch.
Images above: The Carol, promotional brochure. New Orleans: A Paul Kapelow and Lester Gross Enterprise, c. 1966. Courtesy the Southeastern Architectural Archive, Special Collections Division, Tulane University Libraries.

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