Monday, August 4, 2014

Prohibition & Architecture

The Southeastern Architectural Archive (SEAA) recently finalized the processing of the Lafayette Realty Company Records, 1906-1923. For researchers interested in identifying Jackson Brewing Company corner saloons, this collection may prove beneficial. Records chronicle saloon maintenance matters and also provide information relevant to Jackson Brewing’s real estate divestments following enforcement of the Volstead Act. Representative of social concerns leading to prohibition, the collection includes a letter written by alcohol and drug-addiction physician Dr. F.F. Young, seeking a rental property to accommodate 16-25 bedrooms, associated with his request to the New Orleans commissioner of public safety to treat “people suffering from functional neurosis.”

Read more here.

Image above:  Receipt Statement. Jackson Brewing Company to Lafayette Realty Company, New Orleans. For materials, repairs to saloon located at Dumaine and North Derbigny Street, New Orleans, LA.  30 May 1920.  Lafayette Realty Company Records, Southeastern Architectural Archive, Special Collections Division, Tulane University Libraries.

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