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 language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||New Orleans and the Design Moment|
|Editors||Jacob Wagner, Michael Frisch|
|ISBN (Print)||9780415623520, 9781138946057|
|State||Published - 2013|