Poydras Home CEO Jay Rive cuts the ribbon at the entrance of the new Oak House building, surrounded by (from left) Lauren Hotard of Councilwoman Stacy Head’s office, chaplain Roosevelt Stephens, board president Jill Winston and City Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)
The new Oak House at Poydras Home. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)
One of New Orleans’ oldest charitable institutions celebrated the beginning of a new chapter Tuesday, as the Poydras Home officially opened the new three-story Oak House expansion on its Magazine Street campus.
Founded in 1817, Poydras Home provides a range of assisted-living services. The Oak House includes 22 apartments for residents who need varying levels of care, and 11 apartments dedicated to dementia patients. The renovations and expansion also include new dining areas and common spaces, a new wellness center and space for other therapy programs.
Construction on the Oak House project began in 2012. It is connected to the Poydras Home’s Historic House, which was built in 1857, and the design of the Oak House was intended to complement the style of the rest of the campus.
The St. Paul’s Bell Choir performs in Poydras Home’s renovated reception hall during the opening ceremonies. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)
Poydras Home residents relax in a living room area of the new Oak House building after the opening ceremony. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)
Mementos from the nearly two-century history of Poydras Home, including a charter from 1891 and daguerreotypes dated back to the Civil War. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)
A painting of the Poydras Home’s original building hangs in the Historic House lobby. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)
The Oak House sits next to the main building at Poydras Home. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)