Click on the small images below to see a larger version of each of these images which, in the physical exhibit at the Main Library, comprise the title panels.

Main Library Site | Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat Hospital
Pythian Temple | Duncan Plaza
Charity Hospital | Rampart Street

Title Page

In the last quarter of the 20th century, the Central Business District changed as radically as it did when it was developing during the 1820s and 1830s. Many of the old structures have been preserved and converted for new uses. Today this section of the city bustles with commercial, business, governmental, educational and recreational activities.
This was how the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center (now simply The Data Center) characterized the Central Business District at the beginning of this century. Since then, and especially after Hurricane Katrina and the flood that followed, residential uses have begun to make their presence known in the section. The CBD has not finished changing yet.

The Uptown/Lake corner of Tulane and Loyola Avenues has been home to the Main Library for fifty-six years. Before that, though, the NOPL site housed a bus station, a parking lot, a court house, a police station, a prison, a soda water factory, a granite and marble yard, a saloon, and a number of residences. The property has changed along with the rest of the CBD.

This exhibit looks in some detail at the Main Library’s site and its immediate neighbors -- three locations that have also undergone considerable change over at least the last century. The first of these, the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital, has already completed its latest change, leaving the neighborhood behind; the second, the Pythian Temple, is in the midst of renovation for a new use; and the third, Duncan Plaza, is facing an uncertain future after the post-Katrina flood changed it forever.

While the main focus of the exhibit is on these three places across Tulane Avenue, Loyola Avenue, and Gravier Street from the library building, it also takes a quick look at two other neighbors -- South Rampart Street on its River side and Charity Hospital on the Lake side. Rampart has seen its share of change over the years, and there is probably much more to come. Charity, too, has a storied past and an all too uncertain future.

The online presentation is divided into sections representing the various locations detailed in the exhibit. The links at the top of the page will take you there.
From Common and Basin to Tulane and Loyola was curated by former Louisiana Division Archivist Wayne Everard from materials in the Louisiana Division, City Archives and Special Collections, and mounted by Irene Wainwright and Cheryl Picou of the Louisiana Division staff. The title images were designed by NOPL Graphic Designer Catherine Burke.

The exhibit will remain on view in the Louisiana Division (3rd floor, Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave.) from September 2014 into the Spring of 2015. It will remain here online indefinitely.

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9/9/2014 -- iw