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George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center (Tharp Sontheimer Laudumiey Mortuary)

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1870s; early 20th century altered; 2014, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and Rick Fifield Architect. 1225 N. Rampart St.
  • (Photograph by Karen Kingsley)
  • (Photograph by Karen Kingsley)

This center began as two separate town houses built in the 1870s by Cuban-immigrant Jules LeBlanc and combined into a single house in the early twentieth century. For decades the building served as a funeral home, and because many jazz funeral processions started from here, it was ideally suited for its new function as a center of activities for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation. The two-story white-painted wooden building retains its early-twentieth-century full-height Ionic-columned porch and has a balustrade along the roofline. The rear of the building, however, was reconstructed to include a 200-seat auditorium of contemporary design.

Writing Credits

Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas


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Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas, "George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center (Tharp Sontheimer Laudumiey Mortuary)", [New Orleans, Louisiana], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

buildings of new orleans book

Buildings of New Orleans, Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 61-61.

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