George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center
This new music education and performance facility is set on cementing its legacy as a cultural catalyst for civic good rooted in a historic neighborhood.
In 2008, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation acquired the historic Tharp Sontheimer Laudumiey Mortuary at 1225 N. Rampart Street, a choice location immediately adjacent to the foundation’s administrative offices. Located within the boundaries of the historic Treme—one of the nation’s oldest African- American communities—the 10,000 square foot building plays host to a wide range of cultural programs overseen by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, many in support of the neighborhood’s continued legacy educating young musicians.
Because of its location within a historic district, the project maintained several limitations on the size of the expansion. The design team worked in accomodating these limitations while simultaneously exploring the full breadth of options for a vibrant educational space, one filled with state-of-the-art A/V technologies and well-designed acoustical strategies in order to allow the center to have minimal impact on the surrounding neighborhood.