FEMA – NEW ORLEANS CITY PARK

CORRAL/MAINTENANCE FACILITY COLLECTION

 

 

(Mss 367)

 

 

Inventory

 

 

Earl K. Long Library

University of New Orleans

 

October 2010

 

 

Contents

 

 

Summary

 

Historical Note

 

Container List

 

Index Terms

 

Procedures for Requesting Special Collections Materials

 

 

 

Summary

 

 

Size:                           0.1 linear foot

 

Geographic

locations:                 New Orleans, Louisiana

 

Inclusive dates:      June 10, 2010

 

Summary:                 Materials (chiefly photographs by Mark Heck) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) documenting the New Orleans City Park Corral/Maintenance Facility (Henry Thomas Drive, New Orleans, La.), which was damaged extensively by Hurricane Katrina.

 

Related

collections:              FEMA – Duncan Plaza Collection (Mss 351); FEMA – Xavier Cabrini Church Collec­tion (Mss 352); FEMA – Jackson Barracks Collection (Mss 360); FEMA – Andrew H. Wilson Elementary School Collection (Mss 361); FEMA – Charles J. Colton School Collection (Mss 362); FEMA – George Washington Carver Middle and High School Collection (Mss 363)

 

Source:                     Gift, October 2010

 

Access:                     No restrictions

 

Copyright:                Physical rights are retained by the Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans.

 

Citation:                    FEMA – New Orleans City Park Corral/Maintenance Facility Collection, Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans

 

 

 

Historical Note

 

 

            According to the Historical Narrative accompanying the photographs by Mark Heck, “The Maintenance Corral is a large facility that included stables for horses and mules, storage for rolling equipment, and a workshop to facilitate maintenance of the park.  It was designed by architect Richard Koch in the Louisiana Colonial Revival style and [was] constructed by the WPA [Works Progress Administration] in the 1930s.  ‘Louisiana Red’ bricks, some of which were salvaged from the demolition of the Old Parish Prison and the old Presbyterian Hospital, and [were] hand-molded in the 1830s, [were] used in its construction.

 

            “The Maintenance Corral is made up of one- and two-story load-bearing brick masonry structures arranged around an open courtyard.  The two-story section is located at the entrance to the courtyard and features a brick chimney located at the East end.  The detailing of the building includes corbelled brick cornices, copper gutters and downspouts, and wood double-hung windows.  The roofs are covered with slate shingles with terra cotta barrel tiles at the hips and ridges.  A portion of the original roof was replaced using industrial metal panels, prior to Hurricane Katrina (August 29, 2005).

 

            “City Park, the sixth largest urban park in the United States, was renovated as part of a larger WPA project that included construction of numerous park buildings and shelters, one of which is the Corral.  Simple additions and interior partitions were added over time to accommodate the constant modernization of the maintenance program, including adaptively reusing the stables to house combustion-powered machines and equipment.  A shed-type structure enclosed most of the center courtyard of the corral.

 

            “The Maintenance Corral was poorly maintained and in a state of decay before Hurricane Katrina.  After the hurricane, the facility was heavily damaged, and many of the shed structures were partially collapsed.  The remaining shed-type structures were beyond repair and demolished in December of 2008, leaving the masonry structure extant.

 

            “Sources: Sally K. [Reeves] & William D. Reeves, Historic City Park: New Orleans (New Orleans, 1982).”

 

 

 

Container List

 

 

Photographs by Mark Heck, June 10, 2010

 

Folder 1

 

367-1        Exterior – Southeast corner: original brick building with metal roof

 

367-2        Exterior – Southwest corner: original brick building with slate roof (damage)

 

367-3        Exterior – Northwest corner: extent of demolition and remaining brick structure west elevation: original brick building with slate roof (damage)

 

367-4        Exterior – Northeast corner: original brick buildings where brick wall collapsed

 

367-5        Exterior – South elevation office building: original brick one- and two-story building

 

367-6        Exterior – South elevation work building: original brick building

 

367-7        Exterior – West elevation work building: original brick building

 

367-8        Exterior – North elevation work building: original brick building, extent of demolition

 

367-9        Exterior – North elevation work building: original brick building

 

367-10     Exterior – North elevation office building: original brick one- and two-story building, extent of collapsed roof

 

367-11     Exterior – East elevation office building: original brick building

 

367-12     Exterior – Collapsed brick wall and remnants

 

367-13     Exterior – North west corner of office building: elevation work building: original brick two-story building covered with graffiti

 

367-14     Exterior – North east corner of work building: original brick building, damage

 

367-15     Exterior – Chimney detail: damaged

 

367-16     Exterior – Shutter detail: standard wood shutter

 

367-17     Exterior – Window detail: standard window (damage)

 

367-18     Exterior – Entrance alcove detail: office entrance

 

367-19     Exterior – Wood door detail: workspace entrance

 

367-20     Exterior – Wall/roof detail: brick details, roofing edge detail, missing gutter

 

367-21     Exterior – Wall to wall detail: remaining portion of brick wall that collapsed connecting to brick structure with offices and break room

 

367-22     Interior – Window detail: standard window from interior

 

367-23     Interior – Break room: damaged interior of break room

 

367-24     Interior – Break room: damaged interior of break room

 

367-25     Interior – Office kitchen: damaged interior of office kitchen

 

367-26     Interior – Office space 1: damaged interior of office

 

367-27     Interior – Office foyer: damaged interior of office foyer, termite-eaten stairs

 

367-28     Interior – Office space 2: damaged interior of office

 

367-29     Interior – Work space 1: damaged interior of work space

 

367-30     Interior – Work space 1: damaged interior of work space

 

367-31     Interior – Work space 2: damaged interior of work space, metal work desk

 

367-32     Interior – Work space 1: damaged interior of work space

 

367-33     Interior – Brick column: detail of interior brick column in work space 2

 

367-34     Interior – Work space 3: damaged interior of work space

 

367-35     Exterior – Existing structure in surroundings south east

 

367-36     Exterior – Existing structure in surroundings south west

 

367-37     Exterior – Existing structure in surroundings north west

 

Folder 2

 

367-38     CD containing images listed above

 

Folder 3

 

367-39     Key plan and other related documentation

 

 

 

Index Terms

 

 

City Park (New Orleans, La.)

Corral/Maintenance Facility (City Park : New Orleans, La.)

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Heck, Mark

Hurricane Katrina, 2005

Parks—Louisiana—New Orleans