New Orleans Mint Performing Arts Center
New Orleans, Louisiana

Located on the top floor of the historic US Mint building at the northern end of the French Quarter, this space can transform in minutes from a screening room for National Park Service programs to a high tech jazz club and recording studio. A series of sliding panels accommodate the room’s various uses—when open, they allow natural light to enter during the day and offer stunning views of the Quarter at night. With the panels closed, the room is acoustically and visually optimal for live jazz. The space, one of the earliest to incorporate LED performance lighting, includes a full complement of spotlights, automated fixtures, and color wash fixtures to paint the room any color, creating a thoroughly modern atmosphere for America’s music. Nextstage Design principal Tony Forman served as project manager for Theatre Projects Consultants.

Institution
National Park Service
Louisiana State Museum

Architect
Eskew + Dumez + Ripple

Acoustician
Akustiks

Construction Manager
F. H. Myers Construction

Construction Type
Adaptive reuse

Square Feet
6,600

Cost
$3.4 million

Completion
2011

Users
National Park Service
Louisiana State Museum
Music at the Mint

Spaces
125-seat multipurpose room

Awards
2012 AIA New Orleans Merit Award

Photo: © Timothy Hursley