Patrick F. Taylor Library and Clementine Hunter Education Wing
Extensive restoration work is underway on the Patrick F. Taylor Library to preserve the treasure designed by the great American 19th century architect, Henry Hobson Richardson, as an integral part of the historically significant complex of buildings that the Ogden Museum of Southern art calls home.
One of only six libraries designed by Richardson in America, this library is the only one located in the South. Richardson influenced a generation of architects and laid the foundation for his successors, Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright and this library was the architect's last work.
After a series of drastic modifications and neglect, the building's original interior character was destroyed. Errol Barron/Michael Toups Architects were presented with the challenge of restoring the building to its original grandeur, beginning with the impressive circular rotunda with a massive hooded sandstone fireplace and elaborate oak hammer beam vaulted ceiling. This long term preservation project has been characterized by attention to detail, which included bringing stones from the original quarry in Massachusetts and milling floors from aged timber found in an old warehouse. However, there is still much work to be done.
You can be an integral part of helping the Ogden Museum return this impressive historical structure to the building that Richardson envisioned. The museum has exciting plans for this Library and with your contribution, we can realize this dream.
All Photos Courtesy Richard Sexton
To donate contact:
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, University of New Orleans
925 Camp St.
New Orleans, LA 70130