Tuesday, May 13, 2014

de Montluzin Building

With the former Knights of Pythias Temple (corner Loyola and Gravier) in the Central Business District unsheathed, it seemed a good time to bring out this presentation rendering of its modernized form as developed by New Orleans architects George J. Riehl and R.E.E. de Montluzin. Benson & Riehl's Saratoga Building (1956) may be seen along the left edge of the drawing, and Shaw & Metz's 225 Baronne Street (1963) appears on the right.

It is worth mentioning that Riehl's presentation renderings can be particularly spectacular. He worked as an architectural draftsman for Weiss, Dreyfous and Seifeth before entering into partnership with former Emile Weil, Inc. partner, Herbert A. Benson. The Southeastern Architectural Archive retains Riehl's rendering of a proposed rebuilding of the French Opera House that is especially noteworthy.

Image above:  George J. Riehl and R.E.E. de Montluzin. de Montluzin Building/Chitwood Construction Company. Photograph of rendering. Undated. Benson and Riehl Office Records, Southeastern Architectural Archive, Special Collections Division, Tulane University Libraries.

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