$9 Million African-American Museum Breaks Ground on Second Phase

by • December 23, 2013 • UncategorizedComments (0)3989

The New Orleans African-American Museum is proceeding with the second phase of a $9 million development project at its Treme campus.

The New Orleans African American Museum embarked upon a campaign to transform itself from a modest tribute to the history of African-Americans in New Orleans into a vibrant, living museum, educational facility and community partner.

The transformation of the physical site includes the renovation of seven historic structures built in the early 19th Century and is part of a 10 building museum complex.

This $2 million second phase of renovations includes  fortification and general maintenance to the museum’s historic Villa Meilleur-Goldthwaite, a Creole cottage built in 1828, and renovations to three other  Creole cottage from the 19th century.

Renovations include  new insulation, new air conditioning and heating systems and new flooring. An elevator will also be added to the main villa and will include restoration on an outdoor stairway to the second story of the servants’ quarters.

F.H. Myers of Harahan is the general contractor, and Billes Partners is the architect.

The museum received $3 million from city’s Community Development Block Grant program. The museum has also received federal historic and New Markets tax credits.

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