For more than a hundred years, the two-block Bell School campus anchored New Orleans’ Tremé neighborhood as a place for education, music training, and cultural development. Abandoned since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, these five extraordinary buildings have been given new life in a two-phase development project.
On April 19, 2018, the Bell Artspace Campus celebrated its grand opening. The completed historical renovation project restored three of the largest buildings on campus into 79 units of affordable live/work housing for low- to moderate-income artists, cultural workers, and families. The project also gave new life to the neighborhood's beloved Band Room, restoring it for musical practice, marching band rehearsals and making it a space for community recreation, athletic practice, and dance with new sprung wooden floors.
Artspace’s co-developer, nonprofit Providence Community Housing, has built more than a thousand affordable housing units in New Orleans since Katrina. Other supporters include both the City and the Housing Authority of New Orleans, Junebug Productions, New Orleans Master Crafts Guild and Tremé4Tremé. Artspace is also working with many community leaders, grassroots organizations and artists to understand and advance their visions for Tremé.