George Washington Carver School Recordation and Interpretive Plan
US Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
In a National Register eligibility evaluation, FEMA determined that the cafeteria and auditorium buildings on the George Washington Carver School campus were eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) as exceptional examples of the International Style in New Orleans. FEMA found that the demolition of these facilities would adversely affect historic properties, pursuant with the programmatic agreement with local grantees, and therefore requested recordation of the buildings and completion of an interpretive plan for the George Washington Carver School to mitigate the adverse effects to these historic properties.
The middle school and high school cafeteria and the auditorium buildings on the George Washington Carver School campus at 3059 Higgins Boulevard in the Desire Area of New Orleans were recorded photographically according to methods meeting the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards set out at 48 FR 44716, September 29, 1983, for History, Architectural History, Architecture, or Historic Architecture.
Services and products provided by Trigon for this effort included the following:
Trigon completed extensive archival research at the New Orleans Public Library (NOPL), the University of New Orleans (UNO) Special Collections, and the Southeastern Architectural Archive (SEAA) at Tulane University. The Orleans Parish School Board collection at UNO and the Curtis and Davis Office Records at SEAA were particularly important sources for documenting the history of the school. DOCOMOMO – NOLA, the local chapter of the international working party for documentation and conservation of building sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement, provided additional information about the significance of these buildings.
The recordation efforts completed by Trigon included the following:
- Archival copies of the existing plans and elevations for the auditorium and cafeteria were photographically reproduced on Mylar.
- Large Format Photographs (per National Park Service Guidelines for Architecture and Engineering Documentation) of the distinctive exterior features of the Cafeteria and Auditorium Building were be taken. The photographs were of Historic Architecture Buildings Survey (HABS) level recordation. The photographic recordation was performed by an individual who meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards set out at 48 FR 44716, September 29, 1983, for History, Architectural History, Architecture, or Historic Architecture.
- The digital photography was in compliance with the requirements from the Proposed Update Photographic Policy National Register of Historic Places (revised March 2008) including the National Archives and Records Administration’s (NARA’s) guidance to supplement requirements in 36 CFR §1228.270 for transferring permanent electronic records to NARA.
Trigon developed an Interpretive Plan presenting the history of the school, including photographs and text describing the campus, people, and events that illustrate its history. The plan will be used to develop a permanent display located on the new George Washington Carver campus once the new school is constructed.
The interpretive plan was developed using materials provided by FEMA, including the National Register eligibility evaluation for the George Washington Carver Complex and the “Historic Context Statement for New Orleans Public Schools” (FEMA Environmental/Historic Preservation Program 2009) as well as materials obtained through research efforts.