Thursday, July 5, 2012

Building Letterheads XI

In 1946, New Orleans builder Clarence M. Wise purchased the old First District Engine House Number 13 and renovated it as his drafting and engineering offices. He altered the facade and added air conditioning.

By the early 1960s, the Wise Building was razed to accommodate a parking lot, and SOM's One Shell Square is now situated on the site. Wise Builders' residential structure mentioned in the above correspondence fared better, for it is still standing at the intersection of Cherry and Apple Streets in the Seventh District.

Image above: Detail & Full Page, T.J. Madden, letter to Guy Seghers, 8 March 1950, Guy Seghers Office Records, "7th District, Square 368 (Carrollton)," Southeastern Architectural Archive, Special Collections Division, Tulane University Libraries.

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