Flooded House Museum

Photo/Cheryl Gerber

Levees.org will convert a once flooded residence 400 feet from the London Avenue Canal east breach site into an educational memorial.

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 permitting.

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

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 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, 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 March of 2019.