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NOAF Building Tour: Crescent Care Community Health Center

  • Crescent Care Community Health Center 1631 Elysian Fields Avenue New Orleans, LA, 70117 United States (map)

Join us for a guided tour of this 2019 AIA New Orleans Design Award-winning building, designed by Gould Evans, built by DonahueFavret, and developed by Gulf Coast Housing Partnership. Following the tour, we'll hear from some of the building's occupants and users about the ways their needs shaped the design process, along with the designers and developers who brought those ideas to reality.

Founded as the NO/AIDS Task Force in 1983, Crescent Care has grown to serve a wide range of communities across the city of New Orleans and South Louisiana. The organization originally operated from a rented space in the Marigny, serving the predominantly LGBTQ+ population then afflicted by the AIDS virus in through home and hospital visits. NO/AIDS’ work was rooted in the gay activism of the era, supporting organizing rooted in the city’s queer communities.

As needs grew and federal resources were finally allocated to the AIDS crisis, Crescent Care found federal funding support through the Ryan White Act, which provides funding for a wide variety of programs and services. In the 2010s, the organization because a federally qualified health center, or FQHC, and began offering primary care services as well as legal assistance, behavioral and women’s health services across four different locations.

When a study determined that the organization needed additional space, leaders searched for a location which would provide primary care services in a disinvested neighborhood far from other healthcare options, with easy access to RTA bus lines. This drew them to a half-block site not far from the major intersection of Claiborne and Elysian Fields, not far from I-10, in a busy business district surrounded by residential neighborhoods.

Read more about the project from the Times-Picayune here.

This event is free and open to the public. Limited space is available. Registration is required.

Parking is available on-site.

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