The high winds and heavy rains of Hurricanes Katrina and the subsequent widespread
flooding damaged many buildings in Orleans Parish, LA. In the aftermath of the
hurricane, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is issuing this public
notice as part of its responsibilities under the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's
(ACHP) regulations, 36 CFR Part 800, implementing Section 106 of the National
Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended. This notice applies to activities carried
out by the Public Assistance (PA) program implemented under the authority of the
Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C.§§ 5152-
The City has applied for FEMA Public Assistance funds to demolish and replace the
Wesley Barrow Stadium, 6500 Press Drive, New Orleans. The proposed new stadium
will increase the size of the existing facility from approximately 2,900 square feet to
4,670 square feet, and have a seating capacity of 650 persons. The new facility will have
a different orientation on the existing site, moving from the north corner of the lot to the
northwest corner. This reorientation is required for safety and is based on a
recommendation by Major League Baseball. A T-ball field will be added in the north
corner of the lot. The parking lot facing Hayne Boulevard and Press Drive will be
resurfaced. There will be no new access drives or any work within 180 feet of the crown
of the railroad levee.
The project site is bounded by Hayne Boulevard on the North/Northwest; Press Drive and
Southern University of New Orleans (SUNO) on the West and South; and Pontchartrain
Park and on the South and East. FEMA has determined, in consultation with the SHPO,
that the Area of Potential Effects (APE) for Standing Structures includes the project site,
as well as Pontchartrain Park and a portion of the SUNO campus. The APE for
Archaeology is the 8.31 acres project site. These APEs are depicted in Figure 1.
Pontchartrain Park is a mid-twentieth century subdivision that was one of the first
planned communities in New Orleans designed specifically for middle and upper income
African-Americans. FEMA, in consultation with the Louisiana State Historic
Preservation Office (SHPO), determined in December 2005 that Pontchartrain Park is
eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The Pontchartrain Park Historic District is locally significant for its association with
community development and racial relations in the City of New Orleans. Its period of
historical significance is 1955 - 59, and the contributing elements to the historic district
are the Joe Bartholomew Golf Course, the park around the perimeter of the golf course, a
portion of the residential neighborhood on the east side, and Barrow Stadium. Barrow
Stadium, constructed in 1957, is the only structure inside the park that FEMA determined
to be a contributing element to the historic district and it is an integral part of the original
design of Pontchartrain Park. The Park and Barrow Stadium both retain cultural
importance as symbols of the quality recreational opportunities that Pontchartrain Park
offered its youth.
The majority of the APE falls inside the NRHP-eligible Pontchartrain Park Historic
District, however the SUNO Administration Building, just outside the historic district, is
within the APE. This building was determined by FEMA, in consultation with SHPO, to
be individually eligible for the NRHP in July 2010. Built in 1959, the SUNO
Administration Building is significant under Criterion A for its historic association with
ethnic heritage (African-American), social history, and the history of education.
FEMA has concluded that the prehistoric and historic archaeological potential of the APE
appears to be very low given the recent nature of the historic development in this area and
the amount of previous ground disturbance. FEMA has determined that the proposed
project will not affect archaeological properties.
FEMA has determined that the proposed demolition will adversely affect the
National Register eligible Wesley Barrow Stadium. Additional effects to the
National Register eligible Pontchartrain Park Historic District and the SUNO
Administration Building may be caused by the design of the new stadium. FEMA is
seeking input from members of the public on ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate
any Adverse Effects.
Any member of the public is encouraged to provide views on this project to FEMA.
Comments can be submitted to FEMA for a 15-day period beginning on April 15, 2011 at
http://www.crt.state.la.us/culturalassets/fema106/ or by regular mail.
Mailed comments should be sent to:
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Louisiana Transitional Recovery Office
1250 Poydras Street, 17th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70114
If mailed, comments and requests must be postmarked by April 30, 2011.
|Figure 1. Wesley Barrow Stadium Study Area. The map overlays depict the National Registereligible
Pontchartrain Park Historic District (green outline),
the Standing Structures APE (yellow
outline) and the Archaeological APE (red/shaded).
|Figure 2. Historic photograph circa 1957 of the newly built Barrow Stadium,
6500 Press Drive.
View is facing southwest. (New Orleans Public Library)
|Figure 3. Historic photograph circa 1957, showing the newly built Barrow Stadium
field. View is facing northeast. (New Orleans Public Library)
|Figure 4. Barrow Stadium, 6500 Press Drive. View facing east. (FEMA, 2011)