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Modernism in New Orleans
Saturday, April 16th, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Francine Stock, President, DOCOMOMO US/LA and Tulane School of Architecture Visual Resources Curator; and Keli Rylance, Ph.D., Head, Southeastern Architectural Archive and the School of Architecture Library, Tulane University, and Board Member, DOCOMOMO US, Tour Leaders


In the mid-twentieth century, New Orleans was home to a cadre of innovative architects who sought to employ modernist  solutions to address regional conditions. The hot and humid climate, unstable substrates, and high-density  and-use patterns provided significant obstacles to be overcome, as did the populace’s preference for its traditional buildings. Architects such as Claude E. Hooton, Curtis & Davis, Albert C. Ledner, and Charles Colbert garnered national attention from a city known for its unwavering support of nineteenth-century architectural forms. Sponsored by DOCOMOMO US/LA, this tour will highlight the city’s modernist arteries, neighborhoods and structures. Beginning along Canal Street, home to many of the modernist firms, the tour will follow this mercantile artery into Mid-City, where it will loop around into historic Treme to stop at the Phillis Wheatley Elementary School (Charles R. Colbert, 1955), a World Monuments Fund watch site. From there, the tour will stop at several residences along Bayou St. John and in the Lakeshore neighborhood, culminating at the home of native architect Albert C. Ledner, where tour participants can enjoy some light refreshments.


Maximum number of participants: 25

COST: $40