PRC welcomes the new Carrollton-Hollygrove Cultural District

Some of the last historic pockets of New Orleans that had yet to gain Cultural Products District status from the state became the “Car­rollton Hollygrove Cultural District” on July 1.

The designation, which comes from Louisiana’s Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism, is the 23rd cultural district in New Orleans.

The effort was spearheaded by PRC’s Operation Comeback and Advo­cacy departments in partnership with the office of District “A” Coun­cilmember Susan Guidry. Staffers with Guidry’s office contacted PRC in 2016 to help establish a new cultural district incorporating some re­maining undesignated portions of District A into the collection of New Orleans’ cultural product overlays. Through the creation of the Carroll­ton Hollygrove Cultural District, several vital and unique neighborhoods will now have access to some cultural development and preservation incentives from which adjacent communities already benefit.

A cultural district designation, and the incentives it provides, can help to spur economic development and revitalization guided by a commu­nity’s own unique sense of place and cultural identity. These districts are typically well recognized and well traveled because of their distinctive cultural identity, seen through their artistic heritage and their historic structures. They often surround historic commercial corridors. The Cul­tural Products District program is designed to stimulate the production of local art and cultural activity, and to incentivize the rehabilitation of historic structures. The two incentives that are used to fulfill these goals include a local and state sales tax reduction on the purchases of original, one-of-a-kind pieces of art, and eligibility for property owners to use state historic tax credits for building rehabilitation.

The Carrollton Hollygrove Cultural District will engage community stakeholders in activities designed to support the existing artistic en­deavors and cultural production within its boundaries while incentivizing the creation of new opportunities. This involves capitalizing on a strong network of existing cultural leaders, emerging artists and facilitators, and culture-supporting businesses. Through the education about, and utilization of, these newly available tax incentives, the Carrollton Hol­lygrove Cultural District will serve to connect artists and culture bear­ers with the existing and future outlets that will encourage continued exposure. In tandem with supporting artistic expression, the Carrollton Hollygrove Cultural District will promote sustainable reuse of historic structures to maintain a strong physical sense of place in this communi­ty. By advocating for the use of historic rehabilitation tax credits, which award commercial property owners 25 percent and homeowners 18.5 percent of their qualified rehabilitation costs back to them as tax credits, the district can assist in the revitalization of the more challenging his­toric inventory that, through rehabilitation or adaptive reuse, can better serve residents and potentially house new businesses.

 

 

1) Mary Mcleod Bethune Public School

Designed by architect E.A. Christy and currently owned by the International School of Louisiana

 

2) Trinity Community Center

Youth oriented community center founded in 1967

 

3) London Lodge

Mid-20th century motel

 

4) The Plant Gallery

Nursery with professional landscaping services and locally sourced home goods and crafts

 

5) Hollygrove Market & Farm

Urban farm, local produce market and educational community garden space

 

6) U.S. Post Office/Former Cloverland Dairy

De­signed in 1923 by architects Favrot and Livaudais and function­ing as a U.S. Post Office since the 1980s

 

7) Waldo Burton Boys Home

Assisted adolescent living facility in operation since the 1920s

 

8) Rock N’ Bowl & Ye Old College Inn

This unique com­bination of bowling alley, bar, eatery, and music venue has been a New Orleans staple for over two decades. It sits aside the classic Cajun & Creole restaurant in operation since the 1930s

 

9) American Chicle Factory

Built in 1911 as a chewing gum factory and renovated in 2008 using federal historic reha­bilitation tax credits for office space by the Landis Construction Company

 

10) E&C Lounge

A cultural staple in the community’s music, art and food scene and synonymous with the district’s local Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs

 

11) Deirde’s School of Dance and Gymnastics

Of­fering classes in gymnastics and classic jazz, tap and ballet since 1965

 

12) Ashton Theater

Designed in 1927 by the first licensed African American architect in Louisiana, Ferdinand Lucien Rousseve, this movie theater was later used as a rehearsal hall for the New Orleans Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

 

13) Sewage and Water Board Water Treatment Plant

Built in stages from 1879-1915, this Carrollton plant yields about 135 million gallons of finished water to Orleans Parish every day

 

14) Palmer Park

Beautifully landscaped greenspace that hosts the monthly Arts Market presented by the Arts Council of New Orleans, and home to a variety of festivals, concerts and film showings

 

15) Nix-Arensman House

Built in 1922, this Prairie Crafts­man was home to a local attorney who advised defendant Clay Shaw on charges of conspiring to assassinate President John F. Kennedy

 

16) Community Commitment Education Center

Hosts local events, outreach efforts, community artist gallery and Stella’s coffee shop

 

17) Neighborhood Corner Stores

The area has several quintessential neighborhood grocery stores that offer prepared foods

 

18) Alfred C. Priestley Junior High School/Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans

Constructed in 1955 with rehabilitation plans for the new Lycée Français cam­pus and current site of the Marche D’Hiver Festival

 

19) Pigeon Town Stepper’s Annual Easter Parade

Social Aid and Pleasure Club parade throughout the Carrollton and Hollygrove neighborhoods

 

20) John Flemming Leather Sculptor

Local artist special­izing in hand-crafted leather and sculptural pieces

 

21) RTA Willow Street Car Barn

Houses the streetcars of the historic St. Charles line and home to the annual Twelfth Night celebration of the Phunny Phorty Phellows

 

22) Restaurants of S. Carrollton Avenue & Jeannette Street

A beloved cluster of local eateries including Panchita’s, Lebanon’s Café, Bourrée and Boucherie