The New Orleans School for the Building Arts:

As of March 12th we've raised $50,000

A NOCCA style School of Carpentry and Architecture, serving the entire city of New Orleans

A school for the building arts teaches classic and modern techniques of construction. Students learn from professionals and artisans the skills needed to create and maintain the unique and famous architecture of New Orleans. Learning takes place in a combination of workshop and classroom time.

Based off of the American College of the Building Arts, (http://americancollegeofthebuildingarts.com/) located in Charleston, South Carolina, the curriculum includes Carpentry, Masonry, Plastering, Drawing, Architecture, Preservation, Management and Internships to give the student the foundations and experience needed to be an educated artisan, able to successfully work anywhere in the city, the country, or the world, to design, repair, and create beautiful buildings wherever he or she may be.

The Carrollton Courthouse: A Public Space - Tulane Master of Preservation Studies - Building Conservation Studio 2016

New Orleans School for the Building Arts would utilize our professional community, as well as our academic institutions, to create a faculty and a plan to renovate the Courthouse. A small group of talented students would move into the smaller side building (the "Library" on the map above), and work and learn alongside professionals as they study, practice, and participate in their first project: the renovation of the Carrollton Courthouse.

There are obstacles to keeping Carrollton Courthouse as a public school. The first is the renovation of the courthouse itself. However, this renovation would be done by our students with support and donation from the professional community, as well as paid for through grants and tax credits, as shown below. 

The second obstacle is the $3 million dollar purchase price. But, if the building is an Orleans Parish Direct Run School, or operated under the Charter of a Direct Run school, that $3 million dollar barrier disappears.

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The Carrollton Courthouse: A Public Space - Tulane Master of Preservation Studies - Building Conservation Studio 2016

Following the recommendations of the Tulane Master of Preservation Studies proposal, the building would be renovated by the faculty, donors, and students of the New Orleans School for the Building Arts, with a final layout able to serve the community, and sustain itself financially:

The Carrollton Courthouse: A Public Space - Tulane Master of Preservation Studies - Building Conservation Studio 2016

Funding could be secured through many different organizations, minimizing the cost to the school board, and the citizens of New Orleans.

The Carrollton Courthouse: A Public Space - Tulane Master of Preservation Studies - Building Conservation Studio 2016

Graphics, Floorplan, and Funding Recommendations credited to the hard work of The Carrollton Courthouse: A Public Space - Tulane Master of Preservation Studies - Building Conservation Studio 2016. See the full presentation here