Debris fills the lot where the Calhoun Photography
studio once stood.
The destroyed residence and studio of Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick was located in a two story building at the intersection of Flood and Chatres in the Historic Holy Cross neighborhood of New Orleans. The building, which dated from the turn of the century, included many vernacular details such as the sidewalk shed and cedar beams. Unfortuantely many of these details were lost in the aftermath of the storm, in particular the buildings beams, which were taken from the site after having been salvaged from the building debris.
Programmatic Elements (preliminary)
Level One: Storefront, Indoor/Outdoor Gallery, Circulation
The ground level will be restored, in form and appearance, to the original storefront façade. Glass, as in the original, will be omitted or designed to be removable to accommodate the flow of water through the building. The ground level will be unconditioned space and all materials and finishes below an agreed height will be flood resistant. All structural elements on this level will be flood proof. Accessible circulation will be provided from the street to the second level.
Level Two: Main Gallery, Studio, Facilities, Darkroom 3,000 s.f.
The second level will be conditioned and enclosed. Gallery exhibits will be as visible as possible from the street during the day and night. The Gallery will be designed to accommodate photography exhibits by the Owner, students, or other local and regional artists. Natural and artificial lighting and interior partitions in the Gallery will be designed to be moveable and adaptable.
Level Three: Residence, Apartment, Archives 3,000 s.f.
The Residence will be designed for a family of four including 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a kitchen, dining, and living space. The Apartment will be designed with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, and a kitchen, dining and living space. The Residence and Apartment will share laundry facilities. The Archives will be secure space adequately sized for all negatives held by the Owner and future negatives. The Archives will be flood proofed and accessible only from within the Residence.
Estimated construction budget: $500,000