Thursday, February 17, 2011

Gus Mayer Store (1960) RAZED

In 1958 Jack M. Weiss, president of Gus Mayer Co. Ltd., commissioned Curtis and Davis architects to design a new store at Carrollton and Palmetto. This would be the third Gus Mayer store in New Orleans.

When the store opened March 8, 1960 Councilman Victor Schiro declared the store 'exquisite' and the opening event a 'moment of history for the city of New Orleans.'

The 24,000 SF store featured canopied entrances, a white stucco exterior with black and gold details. This canopy was one of Curtis & Davis' early explorations of vaulted form work, which they later monumentalized in the Rivergate.

The Times-Picayune, 03-08-1960, p 18

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