Tulane, LSU seek new purpose for endangered Carrollton Courthouse

September 30, 2015

Barri Bronston
Phone: 504-314-7444

The Tulane School of Architecture and the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture at LSU are teaming up to study possible uses for the old Carrollton Courthouse, named one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The project, which will begin in October, will be led by Michael Shoriak, an adjunct lecturer in the Master of Preservation Studies program at Tulane, and Lake Douglas, an associate professor of landscape architecture at LSU.

“The strength of this project is the collaboration of two studios analyzing both external and internal factors related to the creation of best use plans for the redevelopment and long-term preservation of this important piece of our architectural heritage,” Shoriak said.

Built in 1855, the Carrollton Courthouse, 701 S. Carrollton Ave., served as the seat of government for Jefferson Parish until the City of Carrollton was annexed by New Orleans in 1874. In recent years, the Greek Revival-style structure, now owned by the Orleans Parish School Board, has housed several schools but has been vacant since 2013.

Students in LSU Landscape Studio will analyze the landscape surrounding the building as well as the surrounding neighborhood to determine viable options for redevelopment based on factors such as existing public open space, public amenities/institutions and parking requirements.

Through digital documentation, students in the Tulane Building Preservation Studio will document and visually represent the history and significance of the building, identify character-defining features that must be retained and propose possible floor plans based on the LSU recommendations.

The Tulane-LSU project grows out of efforts by the Louisiana Landmarks Society to ensure that the structure is not destroyed or damaged when it ultimately comes under new ownership. Results of the study will be presented to government officials, cultural institutions and community leaders, followed by a public forum later this year.



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