Thursday, March 21, 2013

B. Rosenberg and Sons

In the summer of 1915, Nat Rosenberg wrote to New Orleans architect Martin Shepard to inquire about converting his 5216 Magazine Street property from the Dorothea Theatre into a double residence. His letter was typed onto B. Rosenberg & Sons company stationery, which featured illustrations of the Rosenberg Building and related factory, both located in the Vieux Carré.

At the Southeastern Architectural Archive, we frequently caution researchers about street address changes in New Orleans and these two structures provide a good case in point. The street numbers associated with the properties have changed slightly from 1915. Consulting fire insurance atlases is a good way to track the changes.

Image above: Nat Rosenberg, letter to Martin Shepard dated 23 August 1915. Martin Shepard Office Records, Southeastern Architectural Archive, Special Collections Division, Tulane University Libraries.

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