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PRC’S OPERATION COMEBACK DEPARTMENT is putting the final touches on its exciting renovation of 1423 N. Claiborne Ave., the former Straight University Boarding House and Dining Hall. The two-story, double-gallery Greek Revival-Italianate house was in a state of extreme disrepair when ac- quired by PRC and faced demolition; under PRC’s ownership it has undergone extensive interior and exterior repairs to revitalize this important historic structure. PRC, along with Upstream Construction Consulting, Inc., the contractor, and Perez, APC, the architect, has worked to diligently to restore, re- pair or replace many of the original features of the building, including Corinthian columns, Italianate quoins and brackets, plaster medallions, a Greek key door surround and more. The building has been transformed into three condominiums, which will go on the market for sale this month. More information and photographs will showcase the completed project in the November issue of Preservation in Print, so stay tuned! #straightuphistory The Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans invites you to a ribbon cutting of the former Straight University Boarding House and Dining hall, 1423 N. Claiborne, on Nov. 4th from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Visit for more details and to register. RSVP required.   Visitors will be able to tour the interior, the grounds, and learn more about Straight University, one of the first black universi- ties in the state of Louisiana that was founded in 1869 to provide higher education and enfranchisement for African Americans after emancipation. Straight later merged with New Orleans University to become Dillard University in 1930.   The PRC has launched a digital history project that highlights Straight University’s celebrated historic significance and how Straight's alumni have transformed the world. These stories, photographs, and recordings will be featured on the PRC’s website and social media, i.e. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The content for this digital project is being created with assistance from Dillard University and the Amistad Research Center of Tulane University. The digital project will use the hashtag #straightuphistory. OCTOBER 2017 • PRESERVATION IN PRINT   17