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Bell Artspace Campus

New Life for a Tremé Neighborhood Center

2100 Ursulines Avenue Tremé New Orleans, LA, 70119

Overview

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.

 

Development Partner

Providence Community Housing 

Architect

Billes Partners

Contractor

Gibbs Construction

Funding Partners

The Kresge Foundation

The Ford Foundation

Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Gibbs Construction

ArtPlace America

The Greater New Orleans Foundation

JPMorgan Chase Foundation

Community Partners

The City of New Orleans

Louisiana Housing Corporation

Louisiana Office of Community Development

Housing Authority of New Orleans 

New City Partnership

Greater New Orleans Foundation

Fauborg Laffite Residents Association

St Peter Claver Community

Junebug Productions

Tremé4Tremé

New Orleans Master Crafts Guild

Creative Alliance of New Orleans

Make Music NOLA

2017

Estimated Project Cost

$37.4 million