Preserving school buildings for the students of New Orleans

This story appeared in the March issue of PRC’s Preservation in Print magazine. Interested in getting more preservation stories like this delivered to your door monthly? Become a member of the PRC for a subscription!

PRC Executive Director Danielle Del Sol will participate in a panel discussion exploring the role of historic buildings in New Orleans public education and current efforts to restore and adapt the buildings to meet today’s students’ needs. The event, held March 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the historic Harriet Tubman Elementary School, 2013 Gen. Meyer Ave. in Algiers, will feature panelists discussing the historical significance of the E.A. Christy-designed Tubman building, the role of tax credits and local government in its preservation and continued use, and the importance of facilities in providing high-quality education and strengthening communities. Originally called Adolph Meyer School, the building was constructed in 1917 and expanded in 1924. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. (The school was renamed for Harriet Tubman in the 1990s.) An extensive renovation of the school was completed recently, and the project utilized federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credits.

Joining Del Sol on the panel will be Annie Cambria, Chief Operating Officer for Education Facilities Development for the Recovery School District, and Julie Lause, principal of Harriet Tubman Charter School. Optional tours of the school will follow the panel discussion. This project is a unique collaboration among architects, school staff and the school district. The public is invited to meet the people involved and celebrate this newly renovated school building in the Algiers community. The event is free, and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP here.

Nathan Lott is PRC’s Advocacy Coordinator & Public Policy Research Director.