The Louisiana Landmarks Society (LLS), which promotes historic preservation through education, advocacy, and operation of the Pitot House, announced eighteen winners of the 2015 Louisiana Landmarks Society Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation. These awards honor projects completed in Orleans Parish (outside of the French Quarter) in 2014 which represent outstanding examples of restoration or rehabilitation of historic buildings, as well as new construction in historic neighborhoods. DonahueFavret received two of the awards for:
Tulane School of Social Work / 127 Elk Place – Contained in the former Elks Building, a neo-classical structure built in 1917, the School of Social Work occupies the third and fourth floors in a repurposed space that balances design, safety and security with user need, program and institutional identity, while providing an inviting learning, teaching and collaboration environment.
The George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center – Built in the 1870’s by Cuban developer Jules LeBlanc, the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center was once two separate townhomes. The townhomes were combined into one single Italianate-style building in the early part of the 20th century. In the rehabilitation, the façade remained relatively untouched, and the original shape and details of the front classrooms were retained, while being updated for optimal acoustics and energy savings. The rear half of the building, which lacked the historic resonance of the front, was rebuilt from the ground up into a modern performance space. Through a blend of old and new, the Wein Jazz & Heritage Center brings out the best, while preserving its impressive roots.
For more information about the Louisiana Landmarks Society and the awards, visit www.louisianalandmarks.org.