City Archives
New Orleans Public Library
Piazza d'Italia Project Records, ca. 1976-1982
     7 cu. ft.
These records were received in April, 1991, from staff members of the Office of Business and Industrial Development. They all deal in some way with the Piazza d'Italia project and include information from its early stages of development through its construction and dedication. As such the records represent the work of staff members in both the Moon Landrieu and Ernest N. Morial administrations. They appear to have been created and/or collected by staff members in the Mayor's Office of Urban Development, which later became the Office of Policy Planning and Analysis. Key individuals in these offices included Tony Gagliano, John Chrestia, Louise Glickman, Gino Carlucci and Steve Villavaso. All of these people are well represented in the records, along with the architects, contractors, financial advisors, and other consultants hired by the city for the project.

There was some attempt at City Hall to arrange the records some time prior to their transfer to the Archives, with the records being divided into several general categories as indicated below:

Developing and Potential Developers [A]
Stanson/Foran and Greer [B]
Information from Other Developments [C]
Potential Tenants [D]
Financing [E]
Piazza Development [F]
Perez [G]
The letters following each category were added during the preliminary inventory process by Archives staff. These letters appear following the folder number within the inventory. Approximately two cubic feet of material was weeded from the records during the preliminary inventory. Most of this included obvious duplicates and material collected for informational purposes during the course of the Piazza project. Much of the weeded material came from categories C and D.

The records also include various "housekeeping" records of questionable research value, including vouchers and invoices, handwritten notes, drafts of project documents, daily construction reports, architects' change orders, and similar documents.

Additional materials on Piazza d'Italia can be found in the records of Mayors Moon Landrieu and Ernest N. Morial.

The records are arranged by folder numbers assigned by the processor. The inventory below has been sorted alphabetically. The letters corresponding to the categories (noted above) appear following the folder number. Where no letter appears, the folder will apparently be "general" in nature and not belong within one of the categories. Folder titles are transcribed as given on the folders.


Folder Title Number Category
Andy Flores--Figures on New Orleans 50
Andy Flores/Otis Fennel 69 A
Appointment Book, 1977 180
Appointment Book, 1977 181
April '78 -- Theriot Perez Contract Rev. 171 G
Arch -- Meetings 22
Arch -- Correspondence 19
Arch -- Photo 18
Arch -- BiWeekly 21
Arch (Problems) 20
Architectural Competition 173
Artists/Craftsmen 114
Artists Mailing 115
Azzarello 32
Azzarello's Report on Trip 148 F
Banks -- List of Banks/Presidents 125 E
Board of Commissioners/Port of New Orleans 105 D
Bob Corder 80 B
Building C 164 G
Building Economics 42
CADD Conference -- Dec. 3, 1976 41
California Trip 102 C
California Shopping Centers 119
Canal Place 101 C
Capital Budget 1978, 1979 3
Cart Competition Forms & Letters 112
Cart Competition 113
Change Orders 154 G
Conference of Mayors, Milan 146 F
Consultant Drafe 82 B
Contract Revision -- Perez 167 G
Contracts made during trip to Italy, April 1976 38
Correspondence from Private Developers 66 A
Correspondence to or from State Department 144 F
Correspondence to and from Perez 160 G
Correspondence from Italy 33
Correspondence to Grady Tucker from Grady Tucker 124 E
Correspondence to or from Italy 31
Daily Report -- Arch 4
Delta Testing 15
Design and Product Quality Guidelines/History

Development Package and Poetential Developers Interested 100 C
Drainage Problems (S&WB) 10
E.L.M.A. -- Proposed Tenants 35
EDA -- $850,000 Grant Award 94
EDA Final Report -- $50,000 Technical Assistance 110
EDA Title X App. 49
EDA -- $5,000 Grant 93
EDA -- Public Works Notice of Funding -- Arch 27
EDA Title 10 Announc. Etc. 46
Festa 9
Figures on Italian American Hall 143 F
Final Guidelines Original & Copies 70 B
Final Draft -- Design and Product Quality Guidelines 111
Financial Packages -- Building A & D 126 E
Financing -- Advise, etc. 129 E
Foran & Greer 54
Foran & Greer -- Contract 84 B
Foran & Greer -- Original Contract 79 B
Foran & Greer 78 B
Foran & Greer Phase II Contract 83 B
Fountain Rope 7
Funds & Endowments 127 E
General Contact File 103 C
Halmar/Arch (multiple folders re: the Lafayette archway) 186
HDLC [Historic District Landmarks Commission] 8
History of events (chronology of the Piazza project) 184
Homesteads 90
I -- Change orders 6
ICSC Program (New Orleans Participation) 121
Info Mailed to Italian Co. in USA 150 F
Information from Jeff Platt 141 F
Insurance 145 F
Int. Sculpture Conf. 140 F
International Trade Idea 62 A
Italian Land Sale -- Ordinance 96
Italian Trade Comm. Offices in the U.S. 34
Italian American Hall Financial Model 34
Italian & American Origin 91
Italian Fund Raising Meetings 137 F
Italian-American Fund Raising 98
Joe Maselli/Italian-American Federation 61 A
Joe Maselli 99
Judell Contract 56 A
Kim Lighting -- Final Payment 178
Kim Lighting -- Fountain -- Equipment -- Receiving Report 177
Kim Lighting -- Miscellaneous 179
Kim Lighting -- Contract 175
Kim Lighting -- Bills 174
Kim Lighting -- Fountain -- Equipment 176
Kim Lighting 11
Land Cost Appraisal 63
Land Sale Ordinance 95
Land Costs & Ground Rental Value 43
Land Sales/Italians 131 F
Landis/Perez/City Correspondence -- 1975 Phase 1 159 G
Landis Construction (multiple folders) 187
Landry Salary 158 C
Lane Meltzer -- Latter & Blum 68 A
Larry Smith -- First Financial Pro Forma Model 122 E
Leasing Coordination 59 A
Legal Work 48
Letters from Mayor to Italians 149 F
Lopez 14
Management Grant/EDA 75 B
Marketing Info 40
Meeting With Rufus King & Bill Love at Hibernia 128 E
Meetings of the Piazza d'Italia Development 134 F
Miscellaneous 1
Moise Steeg 109
Operating Budget Piazza d'Italia 2
Original Piazza Information 52
Other Information Piazza 104 C
Papers and Outside Work Done on the Piazza 118
PDI -- EDA 92
Perez/Landis/City Correspondence 1973 Phase I and Arch 169 G
Perez/Landis/City Correspondence -- 1976 157 G
Perez Invoice/Archway 155 G
Perez Invoices 170 G
Perez/Landis/City Correspondence -- 1977 Phase I 172 G
Perez Architectural Contracts 165 G
Perez Contract -- Lafayette Arch 168 G
Perez Plan 13
Perez Bills -- Phase I 162 G
Perez Contract 166 G
Perez -- Bill on ARA 161 G
Perez Design Meetings 163 G
Persons met in Italy on April 1976 Trip 37
Phase 1 -- (Problems) 5
Phase 1 -- Acceptance 23
Piazza d'Italia 51
Piazza Other EDA Info 47
Piazza Parking 30
Piazza Development 29
Piazza Addendum # 1 & 2 156 G
Piazza -- Perez, Landry 152 G
Piazza Sample Leases 64 A
Piazza Information 142 F
Piazza Vending 116
Piazza Design Guidelines 117
Piazza ERDA Grant 72 B
Piazza Product Guidelines 117
Piazza Financing 123 E
Piazza Public Bid 65 A
Piazza Sample Leases 64 A
Piazza d'Italia 60 A
Piazza d'Italia Dev. Corp. & Planning Committee Names 133 F
Piazza Planning Committee 135 F
Piazza Agendas 136 F
Piazza Development -- Components A,B & C 77 B
Piazza Weekly Meetings 87
Piazza -- Early General Information 89
Piazza d'Italia Development Corp. Meeting 138 F
Piazza History 74 B
Potential Tenants 106 D
Potential Services 45
Potential Piazza Tenants 36
Preliminary Development Info 57 A
Project Field Representative 182
Public Vouchers 185
RFP/ABC 81 B
RFP Change Orders 153 G
Relationship of City to PDI 88
Reports -- Jan 3, 1977 - June 30, 1977 25
Reports -- Aug. 16, 1976 - Dec. 31, 1976 24
Reports -- Jan. 2, 1978 - Sept. 8, 1978 28
Reports -- July 1, 1977 - Dec. 30, 1977 26
Russell -- Turcote 39
S.D. Stanson -- Foran & Green -- as of 4/77 107 B
Sale to Italians 132 F
Saputo & Rowe 97
SBA -- Peter McNeish 130 E
Security 12
Servitude 58 A
Sizeler Realty 67 A
Stanson & Greer -- Phase II A/B 73 B
Stason & Greer Phase IV 108 B
Stanson & Greer 76 B
Steeg & O'Connor -- Orig. Contract 55 A
Steve Manshall Promotion 139 F
Tenant Handbook and Design Directory 120
Tony -- Piazza d'Italia Financial Packages 44
TPD: Foran & Greer, Inc. 53
Travel 17
Trip to Milan (Fair/Mayor's Conf.) 147 F
Zoning (Safety & Permits) 16



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