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Swan River Yoga Studio (Canal Branch Library)

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1910–1911, Lagarde and Burk; 2010 renovated, Errol Barron/ Michael Toups Architects. 2940 Canal St.
  • (Photograph by Lake Douglas)
  • (Photograph by Lake Douglas)

Built with funds from Andrew Carnegie, this Arts and Crafts former library is two stories in height with a pair of stairs flanking a ground level entrance and rising to the principal floor. Closed in 1958, the building subsequently had several tenants before it was inundated by four feet of water in Hurricane Katrina. When the building was renovated for its current use, a WPA-funded mural was uncovered and restored. Painted by local artist Edward T. Schoenberger in 1941 for the library’s reading room, the fifty-foot-long mural, The History of Printing, depicts artists from stone carvers to printers working a press.

Writing Credits

Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas


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Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas, "Swan River Yoga Studio (Canal Branch Library)", [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, 115-116.

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