Video: A Plea for Modernism

Scheduled for demolition in Summer 2011, the Phillis Wheatley Elementary School is a treasured piece of regional modernism in . Designed by Charles Colbert, the school has served the historic African-American neighborhood of Tremé since it opened in 1955. It is just one of over thirty public schools that were constructed at that time.  These schools were designed by architects who practiced a regional modernism, incorporating innovative design for circulation, ventilation and lighting.  Of the thirty schools only four are still standing, three of which are threatened with demolition (including Phillis Wheatley).  DOCOMOMO Louisiana is advocating for the restoration through adaptive reuse for the Phillis Wheatley Elementary School. “A Plea For Modernism” was created by Evan Mather and is narrated by actor Wendell Pierce.

Cite: Minner, Kelly. "Video: A Plea for Modernism" 23 May 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 17 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=137332>

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    Nice video. I miss that fried chicken joint; even though they herd you in like cows, its pretty darn good.

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