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Jazz & Heritage Foundation Honored for Historic Preservation of the Jazz & Heritage Center

Jazz & Heritage Foundation Honored for Historic Preservation of the Jazz & Heritage Center

Jazz & Heritage Foundation Honored for Historic Preservation of the Jazz & Heritage Center

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation has been honored by the Louisiana Landmarks Society with an award for Excellence in Historic Preservation.

The award recognizes the Foundation’s work to convert a historic former funeral home on Rampart Street in the Tremé neighborhood into the new George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center. The $9 million, state-of-the-art education and community center had its grand opening in December 2014.

The building is the first permanent home of the Foundation’s principal music education program, the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music.  It features seven classrooms (with dedicated labs for percussion and piano) and a 200-seat performance hall, as well as high-level digital recording capabilities for audio and video.

Built in the 1870's by Cuban developer Jules LeBlanc, the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center was once two separate townhomes. The townhomes were combined into one single Italianate-style building in the early part of the 20th century. In the rehabilitation, the façade remained relatively untouched, and the original shape and details of the front classrooms were retained, while being updated for optimal acoustics and energy savings. The rear half of the building, which lacked the historic resonance of the front, was rebuilt from the ground up into a modern performance space. Through a blend of old and new, the Wein Jazz & Heritage Center brings out the best, while preserving its impressive roots.

The Jazz & Heritage Center is one of 18 historic restoration projects recognized by the Louisiana Landmarks Society. The awards will be presented at a gala on April 15.

The Jazz & Heritage Foundation is the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest for year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment.

For the complete list of awardees, please see here.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.