131 South Jefferson Davis Parkway


New Orleans, LA


New Orleans Redevelopment Fund



Project Cost


Redevelopment and conversion of the former First United Baptist Church into 20 residential units. The 21,800 SF Mayan Revival Art Deco style masonry building at 131 Jefferson Davis Parkway was formerly a Baptist church, with a sloping first floor, baptistery, and a mezzanine assembly space. The historic baptistery was incorporated into the design to be the focal point of the entry hall that widens to create a common gathering space. Many of the residential units feature the exposed existing curved steel trusses and natural wood roof decking in their lofty, two-story living spaces. Site improvements included parking for each unit, loading spaces, and landscaping. The exterior historic details and materials were repaired with sensitive methods to meet the tax credit requirements.