Tulane City Center opens exhibit on history of O.C. Haley Boulevard

September 21, 2015

Barri Bronston
Phone: 504-314-7444

Tulane City Center, the community design center of the Tulane School of Architecture, will open an exhibit on the history of Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard Sept. 23 at its Central City headquarters, 1725 Baronne St.

Titled “Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard: Past, Present and Future,” the exhibit will open with a reception and viewing at 6 p.m.

Drawing from the two and a half years of partnership between the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and Tulane City Center in developing the Façade RENEW program, the exhibit will feature historic photographs, architectural plans and documents exploring the physical and social history of the thoroughfare once known as Dryades Street.

Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard has undergone two centuries of change, beginning in the mid-1800s when it was a thriving commercial district developed around the Dryades Market. Irish and German newcomers, followed by Eastern-European Jewish immigrants and African Americans established a variety of businesses along the corridor.

For much of the 20th century, Dryades Street was a bustling alternative to Canal Street, and in the 1960s, served as a hub of civil rights activism. By the end of the century, however, it had fallen victim to depopulation and disinvestment.

Today, a long-anticipated renewal is underway, with restaurants, entertainment venues and shops lining the corridor. But questions have surfaced as to what impact the revitalization will have on the area’s social, cultural and physical character.

“The exhibit is intended to frame the discussion of ‘where we go from here’ by exploring Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard’s layered and complex history, and by uncovering stories of people and places as told through its built landscape,” said Maggie Hansen, interim director of Tulane City Center.

Beth Jacob and Gabriell Begue of Clio Associates are the exhibit curators, and Allison Price and Ashley Ricketson are student assistants. The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 5 and is free and open to the public.


Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000