The Louisiana Landmarks Society has selected Belleville Assisted Living Center in New Orleans to receive a 2014 Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation. The award honors projects completed in Orleans Parish in 2012 or 2013 that represent outstanding examples of restoration or rehabilitation of historic buildings, as well as new construction in a historic district. Belleville is one of 15 projects that the Louisiana Landmarks Society is honoring with this distinction. Local design and construction company Woodward Design & Build spearheaded the project along with St. Luke’s Living Center.
Belleville formerly served as an elementary school until the 1980s. John Dalton, the Woodward architect who designed Belleville, grew up in Algiers and says the project was personally significant for him. Dalton says, “I feel so fortunate to be a part of the team that brought this property back to life. I watched with the rest of the Algiers Point Community as the building sat vacant and deteriorating for many years. It is a joy to hear the compliments and see the smiles on the faces of Algiers Point residents after they saw the completed project.”
Today, Belleville provides a supportive residential setting for older adults who may need daily living assistance but do not require a nursing home level of care. The entire campus now encompasses six buildings, including a chapel and new multipurpose center complete with salon and spa services. The main brick building, constructed in 1898, houses Belleville’s community dining and living rooms, and resident suites. One of the wooden annexes that previously served as a kindergarten building was also converted to resident suites. A new building was constructed for additional living space, and another historic home on the site was relocated to serve as administrative offices for the Belleville staff.