Whose City Hall Is It? Architecture and Identity in New Orleans

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New Orleans has had three city halls, all still standing. Built in 1795, 1845, and 1957, these city halls represent different facets of the public image of the city as a modern world metropolis, reflecting cosmopolitan French, Spanish, English, and American fashions. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, a proposal emerged in 2006 to demolish the third city hall, an International Style office tower, and replace it with a National Jazz Center designed by Santa Monica-based Morphosis. A culturally and historically situated discussion of how each of the three city halls reflects New Orleans’s culturalidentity can provide a context for debating the present desire to replace public civic architecture with an architecture of private entertainment.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNew Orleans and the Design Moment
EditorsJacob Wagner, Michael Frisch
ISBN (Electronic)9781315873343
ISBN (Print)9780415623520, 9781138946057
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


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