First wave of Flooded House Museum opening

Levees.org founder Sandy Rosenthal at proposed Flooded House Museum at London Avenue Canal east breach. Photo credit/Cheryl Gerber

WHEN: Wed August 22 at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: 4918 Warrington Drive, New Orleans

At the 13th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Levees.org will unveil Phase One of its proposed Flooded House Museum in the Filmore Gardens neighborhood of New Orleans.

City Councilman Jared Brossett, District D has confirmed attendance.

For a limited time, visitors can view the artistic rendering of a typical family room in New Orleans – filled with music and love – the day before the levees broke.

The unique project required a special permit from the City Planning Commission converting a once flooded residence 400 feet from the London Avenue Canal east breach site into an educational memorial.

Like a diorama, the exhibit will be visible through the windows.

A tent will protect the press conference attendees from sun and rain.

In 2016, Levees.org purchased the gutted house, and in partnership with the neighborhood residents, obtained the special permitting.

Volunteer contractors then installed walls, a doorway and a foyer to give dimension to the flooded remains. After that, volunteer artists staged the room using donated furniture and items from dozens of Levees.org supporters.

In Phase Two, starting after Labor Day, artists will “distress” the staged exhibit to create a flooded replica effect using theater art and scenic design techniques.

The final exhibit will replicate what homes in the neighborhood may have looked like after the Army Corps of Engineers’ floodwall failed and homeowners returned from their flood-imposed exile.

This one-of-a-kind project is due to the hard work, time and talent of scores of volunteers in the fields of history, art, civil engineering, construction, photography and more.

The ribbon cutting for the completed Flooded House Museum will take place in November.

Those wishing to contribute to maintaining the exhibit (electricity and water for gardens) are invited to so so here: http://levees.org/donate/

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