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University Medical Center (UMC) of New Orleans

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2015, Blitch Knevel Architects/NBBJ, a joint venture. 2000 Canal St.
  • (Photograph by Lake Douglas)
  • (Photograph by Lake Douglas)

This expansive complex, which includes both the UMC and the adjacent Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital, is a result of post-Hurricane Katrina “urban renewal” that effectively destroyed a working-class neighborhood of modest houses, many of which had been renovated by owners after the storm. Properties were seized through eminent domain, while the preservation community fought to have structures moved rather than being razed. Results were mixed; some structures were moved and languished in new locations, while others were destroyed. The argument for creating a vast medical complex here near the city’s Central Business District was economic and occurred at the state level, leaving the city with little input. To date, the rosy economic predictions and anticipated occupants of the complex have not materialized.

Writing Credits

Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas


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Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas, "University Medical Center (UMC) of New Orleans", [New Orleans, Louisiana], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

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Buildings of New Orleans, Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 113-114.

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