New Orleans African American Museum

The New Orleans African American Museum’s goals are to illuminate the importance of the history and experience of free people of color in Treme, America’s oldest African-American neighborhood.

The New Orleans African American Museum em-barked upon a campaign to transform itself from a modest tribute to the history of African-Americans in New Orleans into a vibrant, living museum, edu-cational facility and community partner. Its goals are to illuminate the importance of the history and experience of free people of color in Treme, Ameri-ca’s oldest African-American neighborhood.

The transformation of the physical site includes the renovation of seven historic structures built in the early 19th Century, when free people of color could acquire property. As a result of this project, the museum will give visitors the opportunity to experience life from this period, view artifacts and experience local culture.

The program also includes provisions for community education and social events. The historic buildings were renovated to the stand-ards of the Department of Interior, and meet the qualifications for historic tax credits. Additionally, three new buildings are being constructed to sup-port the functions of the museum, including a new kitchen, restrooms and storage. The project also includes substantial landscaping and site design to achieve program goals for exterior spaces.

• Transformation of the museum into a significant living museum in Treme, America’s oldest African-American neighborhood.
• Renovation of 7 historic buildings that qualify for historic tax credits.
• Addition of 3 new structures and substantial site work and landscaping to support programmatic functions.
• Billes’ services included:  site development, master planning, programming, architecture, FF&E services, graphics, tax credit applications and assistance with re-subdivision applications.