On May 27, 2010, the Orleans Parish School Board will be auctioning off a three vacant historic school properties. One of these properties is the Myrtle Banks School on Oretha castle Haley Blvd. in New Orleans about 3 blocks from the railroad station and less than a mile from the central business district. The building was designed by the architect Edgar Agelo Christi who was the employed by the school board at the time and designed a number of schools around the city. Prior to his employment with the school board, he worked for the City of New Orleans where he was architect of a number of municipal buildings such as police and fire stations.
The Myrtle banks School has been vacant for several years. A fire in 2008 destroyed the interior and damaged most of the roof framing, but the exterior solid masonry walls and its detailing remain intact. The building structure consists of load bearing exterior masonry walls and internal steel beams and columns with wood floor framing. The large hipped roof is also framed in wood.
The building could be renovated into residential or commercial uses, and because the building sits in the Central City National Register Historic District, is eligible for historic preservation tax credits.
It is reported that the bidding for this property will start at $585,000.00. If there are no bidders, the building could be demolished.
For more info see the link: http://www.nola.com/nops/index.ssf/2010/04/orleans_parish_school_board_to.html
Below are drawings from Architectural Arts and its Allies; the photos are exterior views and an aerial view from Google Earth