AIA New Orleans Award for Historic Preservation

April 2014   |   Mac Ball

AIA New Orleans gave the Colton School an Honor Award for Historic Preservation with the jury commenting that “The renewed exterior reflects the quality and material palette of a cherished educational institution. The new interiors are light-filled and elegant, proving that durable, high-use areas can be beautiful.” Damaged in Hurricane Katrina, the circa-1929 former Colton High School in New Orleans' historic Marigny neighborhood was converted to a new pre-K through eighth grade public school for the State of Louisiana Department of Education's Recovery School District at a cost of $28 million. The three story concrete-frame and masonry infill structure has a new 25,000 square-foot addition on its south exposue. Besides classrooms and teaching spaces, the structure houses administrative offices, a new cafeteria, library and gymnasium. Ongoing structural damage to the exterior shell of the building due to a poor original design necessitated an entirely new masonry enclosure and new windows throughout.

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