Thursday, July 26, 2012

Those Places Thursday-St. Roch Market, New Orleans

St. Roch Market

The St. Roch Market opened in 1875 as an open air market place in the Faubourg St. Roch. It had greatly deteriorated by the 1930's and thanks to the WPA project the market was renovated and brought back to its former glory. Its renovation included air conditioning and modern plumbing. Along with the French Market it was one of the longest running open markets. Today, however the market is again a sad crumbling old place thanks in part to Hurricane Katrina.

This market was right near where my great grandparents lived. My mother has fond memories of going to the market with her grandmother. I grew up hearing stories of St.Roch and Music Street. 
Interior of the Market before WPA renovation


 Top photo is the house where my great grandparents lived in St.Roch. The bottom photo is the St. Roch Market place.






Thankfully the historic market place is being renovated this summer. It is a $6million dollar project with funds coming from FEMA and and the Disaster Community Development Block Grant.
St. Roch Market today.





1 comment:

  1. I love it when old buildings get restored instead of demolished. We lose too much history when an old building such as this gets destroyed.


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