Saving a Landmark: New Orleans’ Dixie Brewery

When the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS) decided to locate its new medical center, a replacement for the one lost to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, in Mid-City New Orleans, many were concerned about the impact of such a large facility on this historic nature of the neighborhood.

Of course, any new development has its pros and cons. But we at NBBJ, along with our New Orleans joint-venture partners Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and Rozas Ward Architects, are committed to preserving the local character of the communities in which we build.

That’s why a key element of the SLVHCS Replacement Medical Center is the adaptive reuse of the historic brick Dixie Brewery – a much-loved local landmark since it was built in 1907 – which will become the home of the research program at the new medical center. With this project, a local landmark will have new life as a vital element of the biomedical economy in 21st-century New Orleans.

We developed a white paper outlining some of the challenges facing adaptive reuse – and the ways in which we, as designers, rise to meet them. Download the complete story using the link at right.