NEW ORLEANS, LA – Tomorrow, January 8 at 9:30 AM, the City of New Orleans will begin demolition of the former Rosenwald Center at 1120 South Broad Street in the B.W. Cooper neighborhood. A new multipurpose community center with a restored pool will be built in its place.
The 17,000 square foot Rosenwald Center officially opened in July 1950 after construction of a new gymnasium at what was formerly the Lincoln Playground. Located at the corner of South Broad Street and Calliope Street (now Earhart Boulevard) the center was the only such facility available to African American children during the era of segregation. It had two levels including a 12,000 square foot gymnasium with a 40 feet high ceiling. The outdoor swimming pool is 85,000 gallons and included a pool house featuring men’s and women’s locker rooms.
The Rosenwald Center, pool, and playground were critically impacted by Hurricane Katrina’s high winds, heavy rain, and flooding. FEMA declared the gymnasium substantially damaged by the storm which made it eligible for a 100% replacement. The existing facility will be demolished and a new facility will be constructed on the existing site.
The new facility will be approximately 24,000 square feet and will include a gymnasium with stage, multi-purpose activity and meeting rooms, snack bar, fully restored pool and new pool house. Construction is estimated to begin this summer and be completed in the spring of 2014. Current funding for this project is $6.3 million coming from FEMA recovery dollars, City Bond funds, insurance, and State capital outlay.
WHO: City Officials
WHAT: Demolition of the former Rosenwald Center
WHEN: Tuesday, January 8, 2013
WHERE: 1120 South Broad Street
New Orleans, LA 70125