Myrtle Banks: Award for Excellence

Breaking news! Alembic’s Myrtle Bank project was chosen for an award of excellence by the Louisiana Landmarks Society. Read the press release:

For Immediate Release

CONTACT: Tom Warnke (Alembic) — (562) 212-2407

Myrtle Banks Redevelopment Honored by Louisiana Landmarks Society

Rehabilitation of Historic Central City School Receives Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation

March 3, 2015 (New Orleans, LA) — The Louisiana Landmarks Society last week announced that the Myrtle Banks Building, Alembic Community Development’s rehabilitation of a historic but fire-ravaged former Central City school building, is a recipient of the Society’s 2015 Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation.

In its announcement, the Louisiana Landmarks Society praised Myrtle Banks as “a model for adaptive reuse projects in the Crescent City.”

The recently completed $14-million project has transformed the building and surrounding property on Oretha Haley Boulevard into the 23,000-square-foot Jack & Jake’s Public Market, a fresh produce and prepared foods marketplace, along with office space for nonprofit, social and creative entrepreneurs, including new space for Alembic’s New Orleans office.

“We are tremendously honored to receive this award from the Louisiana Landmarks Society,” said Jonathan Leit, Director, Alembic’s New Orleans Office. “When we started this project, it was with a vision towards restoring a 100-year-old community icon while at the same time bringing much needed resources, especially quality food options, to an underserved neighborhood. It is gratifying to be recognized for success in achieving both objectives.”

Myrtle Banks is one of 18 developments across New Orleans honored by the Louisiana Landmarks Society. The 2015 awards will be presented and celebrated at a reception on April 15, 2015.

Read the Louisiana Landmarks Society press release.


Learn more about the Myrtle Banks project and view some “before” pictures.

See also a story about the preservation awards in The Times Picayune: “Carver Theater, SoFab museum and PanAm Life building among 18 winners of Louisiana Landmarks Society’s historic preservation awards” by Susan Langenhenning on February 24, 2015