NEA Grant - Designs on Affordable Housing C ongratulations to E. Eean McNaughton, Wayne Troyer and Wisnia & Associates! These three architects were chosen from a field of professionals who com- peted for the award of a commission- funded by the National Endowment for the Arts to design affordable housing for New Orleans' local historic districts. The NEA grant advisory committee met in September to pore over a parcel of entries, each E. Eean McNaughton consisting of biographical information, images of previous work, and, most important, a brief essay stat- ing the archi- tect's interest in the project and philosophy on affordable housing design. Committee chair and OC assistant director Meg Lousteau says, "We were impressed by the broad-based interest in the project. It demonstrates our area architects want to put their talents to use to make New Orleans a great place to live for residents of all income levels." The architects will have just three and a half months to develop a design, gain conceptual architectural approval from the Architectural Review Committee of the HDLC, have the project bid on by a contractor, 1 create a model, and develop con- struction drawings before the designs and models are unveiled at the PRC in January of 2003. For more information on the architects and the project, go to Wayne Troyer When bad things happen to good houses R enovator Matt Ryan has come to the rescue of this enormous home on Magazine St., undoing the "bad thing" that happened to this "good house." In what was likely a misguided effort to avoid ever having to paint this large house again, a previous owner had bricked over virtually every inch of its facades. At the same time, perhaps, its grand sidehall floorplan was reconfigured in order to accommodate the conversion of the house into a 12-unit apartment building. The lovely front galleries were enclosed, probably to create more space for the front apartments. So muddled was this house—inside and out—that virtu- ally the only clue to its original appearance was the half-arch in the parapet (barely visible in the above left photo). But that element, and the building's shape, were enough to indicate that the house had been "born" as a grand Italianate mansion, much like the house shown in the photo on the right. As any Magazine St. regular has probably noticed, Matt and his crack crew, along with project architect Frank Masson, are busy undoing much of the damage. The bricks have been removed, revealing wood siding in unexpectedly good condition. Another pleasant surprise was the discovery of one of the original columns, which will be used as a template to mill new columns. Matt's plan is to convert the building into four apart- ments, with the ultimate goal of making it into a single residence for himself and his family. Nominate your favorite 'bad thing" to 16 OCTOBER 2002 PRESERVATION IN PRINT HAT'S O\ AT OC 1 A regular feature from Meg Lousteau, Operation Comeback assistant director Come Hell or High Water! Saturday, October 26, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $2/workshop or $5/series Contact James Perry at (504) 636-3047 or Are you planning a home renovation project but aren't sure what insurance you need? Could someone challenge your title and cause you to lose your investment? Can you stop the wheels of foreclosure once they are set in motion? As property owners, we can't eliminate all natural or financial disasters from the forecast, but we can learn how to better weather the storm by making informed deci- sions about how to protect our investments. Join Operation Comeback for "Come Hell or High Water," a series of three workshops conducted by experts who will explain the ins and outs of property, builder's risk, and title insurance, as well as tools available for preventing foreclosures and/or acquiring fore- closed properties. 10 a.m. Property Insurance for the 21st Century Industry pros explain the importance of homeowner's insurance, what builder's risk insurance is and why renovators need it even when their contractor is insured, and whether flood insurance makes sense even when lenders don't require it. Liability insurance? Owners and renovators sometimes skimp on it but later regret that they did. An insurance provider discusses a common sense approach to these issues and more. 11:30 a.m. Title Insurance Lenders require it, but why do they want it? When is an owner's policy desirable in addition to the lender's policy? And if you aren't borrowing to buy or renovate a house, should you buy title insurance anyway? A title attorney addresses these concerns and answers relevant questions. 1 p.m. Foreclosure Experts approach the issue of foreclosure from two points of view. First, credit-counseling experts present information about how home- owners can prevent foreclosure. Second, investors learn how to acquire properties at the weekly foreclosure auction in the lobby of Civil District Court.