- 3/21/2017: Nola.com article - Has Carrollton Courthouse been Saved by the Bell? - by Danielle Dreilinger:
The Orleans Parish School Board is poised to auction off the historic Carrollton Courthouse Thursday (March 23). But a 60-year-old legal clause might block the controversial sale.
When the Orleans Parish School Board bought the property from the City of New Orleans in 1957, it came with a requirement: "All of said property herein transferred is hereby declared to be dedicated exclusively to school purposes," the act of sale says.... READ MORE HERE.
- 3/14/2017: Today, Louisiana Landmarks Society sent a letter to Lt. Billy Nungesser addressing 3 main points:
- The auction be deferred so as not to rush into this ---
- That “use” and the public interests be considered as part of the bidding process
- That if the auction is to proceed, a covenant must accompanied the act of sale to protect the historic elements – protections provided by HDLC review are not enough for a site of this significance.
- 3/14/2017: Check out this website: www.carrolltoncourthouse.com - KEEP IT PUBLIC, delay the auction.
- 2/27/2017: Louisiana Landmarks Society's Conservation Easement Request Letter to Orleans Parish School Board - FULL LETTER HERE.
- 1/29/2016: CLICK HERE: The Tulane-LSU Design Partnership Website dedicated to consolidating the information generated during their study, to better inform community members and stakeholders about the history, context, and evolution of the Carrollton Courthouse.
- 1/28/2016: Tulane-LSU Design Partnership Presentation announced for January 28, on Tulane's campus at Richard Memorial Hall, Room 201, from 6 - 8pm. Open and FREE to the public. Louisiana Landmarks Society in collaboration with the Tulane Master of Preservation Studies program and the LSU Reich School of Landscape Architecture will host a student-led presentation on documenting,restoring, preserving, and re-using the Carrollton Courthouse. Tulane Professor Michael Shoriak and LSU Professor Lake Douglas worked with their students to develop ideas that incorporate community uses of the building and green space of one of the City’s most distinguished landmarks.
- 9/23/2015: ANNOUNCEMENT: Tulane-LSU Design Partnership Examines Futures for Carrollton Courthouse as Continuing Campaign to Save Courthouse Led by Louisiana Landmarks Society -
7/29/2015 : A Public Forum hosted by Louisiana Landmarks about the future use of the courthouse.
See here for coverage from reporter Jaquetta White in local newspaper, The Advocate.
Read the School Board's handout: Orleans Parish School Board - Immovable Property: Sales, Leases, and Other Permissable Transactions
6/24/2015: National Trust for Historic Preservation lists the Carrollton Courthouse as one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places - NTHP press release below:
Washington (June 24, 2015) –The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named the Carrollton Courthouse in New Orleans to its 2015 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. This annual list spotlights important examples of the nation’s architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. More than 250 sites have been on the list over its 28-year history, and in that time, only a handful of listed sites have been lost.
The Carrollton Courthouse served as the seat of government for Jefferson Parish until the City of Carrollton was annexed by New Orleans in 1874. Now, this stately Greek Revival building, designed by one of New Orleans’ most noteworthy architects, Henry Howard, is threatened with an uncertain future as the Orleans Parish School Board prepares to sell it with no preservation safeguards in place.
“The Carrollton Courthouse is a beloved landmark with a rich tradition of serving the community,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “It deserves to have a special place in New Orleans’ future. We urge the Orleans Parish School Board to join preservationists in planning the next phase for the Carrolton Courthouse to ensure its legacy continues.”
The courthouse is an important public building from Carrollton’s days as an independent city and is one of the city’s most significant landmarks located outside of the French Quarter. In the early 1950s, the community and the nonprofit group Louisiana Landmarks Society staved off a demolition threat that led to the courthouse’s rebirth as a school. From 1957 to 2013, it housed a series of public schools, including Benjamin Franklin High School, the first New Orleans public high school to integrate in 1963. Musicians Wynton and Delfeayo Marsalis and actor Wendell Pierce are among Ben Franklin’s famous graduates.
Members of the public are invited to learn more about what they can do to support these 11 historic places and hundreds of other endangered sites at www.PreservationNation.org/places
The former Carrollton Courthouse, designed by noted architect Henry Howard, has a stately presence and a rich history spanning over 160 years. Situated on a prime piece of real estate two blocks from the Mississippi River with the St. Charles streetcar line passing in front, it is an iconic symbol of New Orleans' Carrollton neighborhood and remains one of the most historically significant buildings in New Orleans outside of the French Quarter.
The Carrollton Courthouse is again threatened as the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) prepares to auction the property to the highest bidder with no safeguards in place to retain the historic building.
Landmarks is joined by the Foundation for Historical Louisiana, and neighborhood organizations that surround the property including Maple Area Residents, Inc., Uptown Triangle Neighborhood Association, Calhoun Palmer Neighborhood Association, Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association, Old Carrollton Concerned Neighbors, Audubon Boulevard Parkway Association, Central Carrollton Association, Carrollton Area Network and Benjamin Franklin Alumni Association– with more joining as groups are alerted to the issue.
You can also order a yard sign to show your support of this intiative and spread the word. To get your sign, email firstname.lastname@example.org.