Levees.org is converting a flooded residence – steps away from the London Avenue Canal breach site – into an educational memorial.
The museum quality plaques accompanying the exhibit in the house will tell the chronological story of the flood, starting with the day before the levees broke.
Like a diorama, the final exhibit will be visible through the windows.
The Flooded House Museum is a unique project that required a special permit from the New Orleans City Planning Commission.
In 2016, Levees.org purchased the gutted house and – in partnership with the neighborhood residents –obtained the special permit.
Volunteer contractors installed walls, a doorway and a foyer to give dimension to the flooded remains. Then, volunteer artists staged the room using donated furniture, fixtures and items from dozens of Levees.org supporters.
In Phase One, in August of 2018, visitors viewed the artistic rendering of a typical family room in New Orleans – filled with music and love – the day before the levees broke.
In Phase Two, artists will “distress” the staged exhibit to create a flooded replica 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’ wrongly-designed floodwall failed and when 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 March of 2019.