Norwegian Seamen’s Church buildings granted landmark status

A 20th century complex of buildings in a district revered for its 19th century architecture was given official landmark status Wednesday by the Historic District Landmarks Commission. Designed and constructed in 1968, the Norwegian Seamen’s Church held its last service on Christmas Eve 2018. It then changed to secular hands, and its new owners are planning a wellness center. The church’s history in the Lower Garden District began in 1906, and it is its history and cultural significance — as well as the airy Scandinavian-style mid-century architecture — that the HDLC honored in granting the extra layer of protection from alteration or demolition. “The buildings that make up the campus more stylistically resemble Scandinavian architecture than that of the surrounding neighborhood,” HDLC staff stated in their report.

Scandinavian Jazz Church building set for redevelopment as wellness center

By Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger

One-hundred and twelve years as a religious hub for the Norwegian community makes a space on Prytania Street ideal for yoga classes, meditation and water aerobics, its new owners told residents of the Lower Garden District on Wednesday. If all goes as planned, the site of the former Scandinavian Jazz Church — previously called the Norwegian Seamen’s Church — will be transformed into a wellness center called the Santosa Center for Healthy Living by the fall of 2020. The property’s owners say the development will be a unique, all-inclusive wellness center not found anywhere else in New Orleans. “We feel there’s no better place to do this than in this church,” said Diana Fisher, who owns the property along with her sisters Deborah Peters and Kendall Winingder. Fisher said most of the existing buildings on the property wouldn’t be altered.

Lower Garden District church displays 60 international Nativity scenes

The International Creche Exhibit at St. Alphonsus will display more than 60 Nativity scenes from around the world. From the parish website:

The 6th International Creche Exhibit, presented by the Friends of St. Alphonsus, will open November 27, 2011 at the St. Alphonsus Art and Cultural Center from noon, to 4:00p.m. The exhibit will be open daily Monday through Saturday from 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m., and close Sunday, December 4, 2011, with holiday caroling featuring the inspiring voices of our local Laetare Singers choir at 4:00p.m.

More than sixty Nativity scenes from all over the world will be exhibited in the Center, located at 2025 Constance Street between St.

Jackson Avenue chicken-wings restaurant faces growing opposition to liquor license

Concerns about what neighbors described as repeated disruptive block parties at a Jackson Avenue chicken wings restaurant led the Coliseum Square Association to withhold its support for a liquor license at the establishment Monday night. The owner of Finger Lick’n Wings, Marlon Horton, has said that he originally envisioned his competition for customers as small sandwich shops in the neighborhood, but discovered that many customers prefer takeout orders or delivery because he cannot sell alcohol with his food. On game days, “it’s like crickets” in his restaurant, because sports fans are all at restaurants like WOW Cafe and Wingery that can sell alcohol. Horton extolled the good behavior of his business, noting its well-kept storefront and dedication to fighting litter, but many neighbors complain that he has frequently held large parties that consume all of Jackson Avenue. Horton replied that his local fame as bounce artist 10th Ward Buck means that any event at his store draws a large crowd, but said he was willing to sign a good-neighbor agreement to stop having any parties.

“Birth of a Muse”

Sculpture Kim Bernadas, unveils “Birth of a Muse,” in the Terpsichore finger park near Prytania Friday evening. After Hurricane Katrina, the Percent for Art program focused on restoration of public art, and “Birth of a Muse” is the first new work commissioned since then.

Street flooding reported on Tchoupitoulas, through Lower Garden District

Monday morning’s downpour caused street flooding across the New Orleans area, including along Tchoupitoulas and through the Lower Garden District. Officials warned of impassable water at the following Uptown locations:

Tchoupitoulas and Jackson
Calliope and Baronne
Philip and Chestnut
Tchoupitoulas from Louisiana to Napoleon
Magazine from Calliope to Tchoupitoulas
St. Charles and Amelia

“Please think safety first and avoid driving through flooded streets,” urged the city Office of Emergency Preparedness. The flood warning is in place until 9:45 a.m.

Flooding was also heavy on the Westbank, officials reported.

Three more Uptown robberies reported in Garden District, Lower Garden District and Central City

Three more armed robberies have been reported in Uptown New Orleans this week, including one in which a man was shot while trying to run away from his assailants, police said. Around 8:30 p.m. Monday, a woman walking home on Chestnut near Washington in the Garden District was approached from behind by two men, one holding a gun while the other snatched her purse away, said Sgt. Sandra Contreras of the NOPD Sixth District persons-crimes unit. About two hours later, a man who walked out to his car in the 1000 block of Thalia in the Lower Garden District was confronted by two men, Contreras said. Again, one held the gun while the other demanded the victim’s property, but the victim refused and tried to run away, Contreras said.