NOLA Loses Allen Eskew, noted New Orleans Architect

by • December 11, 2013 • Architecture & Design, News, PeopleComments (0)2186

Allen Eskew, the noted New Orleans architect who worked on the 1984 World’s Fair and other major projects along the riverfront and throughout the city, died Tuesday morning at his home. He was 65.

He started his firm, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, in 1989 after working on the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition.  Since then, the firm grew to include a staff of more than 45.

Mr. Eskew’s notable projects included Phases I and II of the Aquarium of the Americas; a 60,000-square-foot ballroom for the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center; Woldenberg Park, a 16-acre space that starts at the aquarium and runs alongside the Mississippi River; and, most recently, “Reinventing the Crescent,” a plan to develop six miles of the city’s riverfront.

In 2006, Eskew helped in the restoration of the Mercedes Benz Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. He also designed the 60,000-square-foot sports and entertainment district outside the Superdome known as Champions Square.

Eskew was also instrumental in helping New Orleans entrepreneur Brian Bordainick make the 9th Ward Field of Dreams project a reality.  The story about Eskew’s involvement became legend in NOLA – you can read about it at ESPN.

Allen will be missed be all.

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