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CONTENTS APRIL 2015 On the Cover From the Editor The three circa-1840s buildings on Tchoupi- toulas at Canal Street pictured are slated for a facadectomy according to a plan by their cur- rent owner. A fourth building from the same era on Canal Street would be demolished entirely as part of the same plan. A 250-foot high rise would then be built on the site. Read more on page 8. Photo by James Shaw PRC in Action 15th Annual Ladies in Red Membership 7 Major Donors 8 From the Director 5 6 A Goal for New Orleans’ Tricentennial: Restore Canal Street to its Former Glory 8 Advocacy Update By patricia h. gay Four historic buildings at Canal and Tchoupitoulas streets 34 New Ramp, New Life Featured This Month 12 The St. Louis and the St. Charles New Orleans’ Legacy of Showcase Exchange Hotels By richard campanella By catherine crowell 35 Windows on the Gulf Stained Glass in Sacred Places Tour By patty andrews 36 PRC Commemorates Musicians’ Homes By suzanne blaum SHPO Reports 10 Arnaudville Builds Economy by Celebrating French Culture By samantha cook News & Views 30 Partner Profile Felicity Redevelopment, Inc. 38 Kiosk By danielle del sol 42 Preservation Page 14 Rome, Italy Postcard 14 For the Love of Rosalie A young woman explores Louisiana’s sugarcane history as she works to save her family’s 19th-century sugarhouse. 18 Simply the Best 27 Rebirth of the Cool By Danielle del sol 32 Irish Channel Innovators By lily peel elkins By sarah norman mason The Louisiana Landmarks Society honors the best restorations, rehabs and appropriate new construc- tion in New Orleans in 2014, bringing to light the amazing revitalization of buildings and neighbor- hoods happening across the city. The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s transformation of a dilapidated and empty store into a world-class music hall tuned specifically for jazz brings O.C. Haley Bou- levard’s cache to unforeseen new heights. An inspired young couple and a talented construction crew take on a sustainable historic restoration to en- sure their 1841 Greek Revival-style Irish Channel home will last for generations to come. By gabrielle begue Above: rosalie sugar mill by sarah norman mason The mission of the Preservation Resource Center is to promote the preservation, res- toration and revitaliza- tion of New Orleans’ historic architecture and neighborhoods. As long as I have known Sarah Norman Mason — a few years now, since her time as a star student in Tu- lane’s Master of Preservation Studies program — I’ve known about Rosalie, the haunting and beautiful shell of a sugar mill that she grew up with on her family’s pecan farm outside of Al- exandria, La. She enrolled in graduate school with a singular, impressive mis- sion: Obtain the skills and know-how to successfully preserve this building. Others may not see the appeal, or understand her drive. After all, it’s lit- tle more than four brick walls — now, sadly, three, as you’ll read on p. 14 — with a single sugar kettle left inside. But for Sarah, it’s the stuff of dreams. Its history gives it worth; its current state gives it endless possibilities. And its mere existence has helped define who she is, as she explains beautifully in “For the Love of Rosa- lie” in this issue. The power of place on the psyche simply cannot be un- derestimated; from the places where we grew up to our current daily sur- roundings, the built environment has a profound impact on our immediate psychological state — do I feel safe? Inspired? Depressed? — as well as our future. ‘Place’ can largely shape who we are and how we see and interact with the world. By preserving Rosalie, Sarah is harnessing the power of the past to make something important for the future. The act honors her family, Rosalie’s past stewards and the en- vironment (preservation is, they say, the ‘greenest’ form of development). And it protects that important sense of place that makes Sarah feel, as she puts it, “tied to this world.” Preservationists’ work in New Or- leans to save the historic structures that have given our city such a unique and wonderful identity is done in the same spirit. Redeveloping our historic built environment in a way that keeps our architecture intact but also brings buildings into modern use is good for tourism, the economy and the envi- ronment. But it’s also good for the minds and hearts of the residents who live here because they love this special place, and who sing that they “know what it means to miss New Or- leans” when they’re away. The look and the feel of New Orleans comes from its own brand of architecture, punctuated by arching branches of live oaks, which is so much of why people live and love this city. PRC’s latest advocacy effort to save four historic structures at Canal and Tchoupitoulas is about just this: the opportunity to reuse and revive buildings as a link to the city’s illustri- ous past and future. Read more about the buildings’ proposed demolitions on page 8. Like Rosalie and all build- ings currently awaiting a loving resto- ration, these four buildings’ histories gives them worth; their current state gives them endless possibilities. Map © Stamen Design, under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 3.0) license 4 Preservation in Print • www.prcno.org APRIL 2015