Julius Freyhan Building Renovations and Additions


St. Francisville, Louisiana


Freyhan Foundation

Completion Date

Est. Fall 2018

Restoration and renovation of the 15,000s.f. Julius Freyhan School building revitalizes this historic building into a museum, cultural center and conference center. The first floor will contain administration offices, area for workshops, meeting rooms, and toilet facilities. The second floor will house the principal exhibition spaces of a history and heritage museum which will highlight cultural, social, political, and economic contributions of the Jewish citizens in rural and urban communities between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries in Louisiana and will include both permanent exhibits and itinerate exhibits. The third floor includes a restoration of the existing auditorium into a multipurpose/meeting space with a stage and adjacent support spaces. A vertical circulation component is included as a modernist intervention to maintain the historic integrity of the existing building while providing needed fire stair egress and elevator circulation.