Rose Collaborative Grand Opening

On October 4th, Alembic Community Development and Rose Community Development Corporation, a community-based organization located in New Orleans’ historic Bayou Road commercial corridor, celebrated the official opening of the Rose Collaborative, concluding a long effort on the part of community leaders and 6th and 7th Ward residents to preserve and reinvigorate the historic, vacant St. Rose de Lima Church campus. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and a distinguished list of speakers, including project funders and elected officials, addressed a buoyant audience in the former St. Rose de Lima Church, now the new, permanent home of the Southern Rep Theatre, New Orleans’ acclaimed 30-year old production company.

Rose Collaborative Grand Opening

Southern Rep’s facility preserves the historic church, including both exterior and interior details and its vibrant stained glass windows. The facility encompasses a Mainstage theater that seats 125 people, a Lagniappe Stage that accommodates 75 and an outdoor performance space on Bayou Road. The Rose Collaborative site includes two historic parochial school buildings as well: a three-story brick schoolhouse renovated as the new home of the Waldorf School of New Orleans; and a two-story building that will be a shared working space for a range of nonprofit organizations and small businesses anchored by a Community Business Incubator operated by Fund 17.

Project funding includes Federal and state Historic Tax Credits, private investment, bank debt, New Market’s Tax Credit equity and support from the State of Louisiana and the City of New Orleans.

See also: Rose Collaborative project page

More on the Rose Collaborative:

From Novogradac & Company: Former Church, School Campus in New Orleans Comes Back, Thanks to HTCs, NMTCs (Historic Tax Credits and New Market Tax Credits) 

From the National Trust for Historic Preservation: Historic New Orleans Church Becomes a Center of Community Once More