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NOAF Building Tour: McDonogh 30/The Schoolhouse

  • McDonogh 30/The Schoohouse 2228 Gravier Street New Orleans, LA, 70119 United States (map)

Join us as we tour the Schoolhouse, a mixed-use development under construction in the historic McDonogh 30 school building.

This historic structure was completed in 1894, and served the surrounding working-class Third Ward neighborhoods for over 40 years before its conversion to city offices, back into a school, and its subsequent abandonment. WYLD-FM broadcast from studios in the castlelike structure through the 1990s-2000s heyday of hip-hop on local radio, but after their departure and the flood following Hurricane Katrina, the building became empty once more.

Over the course of the 20th century, its elaborate decorative elements were lost to successive renovations, but the current renovation project is bringing these details back and preparing the building for reuse as apartments and offices.

The tour will be led by the project architects, Melissa and Brian Rome of Rome Office, whose additive approach to renovation combines sensitive historic restoration with carefully crafted contemporary elements. Read more about the project at

Free for "Friends of NOAF", $25 for general admission. Space is limited and advance registration is recommended. Become a member today!



All images: Rome Studio