Originally constructed circa 1924 as the NOPSI Polymnia Street Substation to distribute power to the areas streetcar system, the structure has been renovated into a new multi-purpose performing arts center. It is now the home of the Ashé Power House, a part of the Ashé Cultural Arts Center in Central City.


    The renovated structure provides flexible performance space and gallery space. The centerpiece is the performance space which is equipped with a grid, curtains and a portable stage system that can be modified and reconfigured for a variety of performance types as well as state of the art theatrical lighting and sound systems. The performance space supports seating from 100 to 200 people and includes a telescoping seating platform for optimal sight lines.


    The visual arts gallery is equipped with flexible lighting that allows for multiple display opportunities for  wall-mounted and freestanding art. With a ceiling height of over 20' and

    exposed steel structure, the space also accommodates large-scale installations.


    The Ashé Cultural Arts Center is a non-profit organization that creates and supports programs, activities, and creative works emphasizing the contributions of people of African descent. The Center provides opportunities for art presentations, community development, artist support, and the creation of partnerships that amplify outreach and support efforts.


    The existing structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The project qualifies for historic preservation tax credits and the design complies with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Structures.


    Construction was completed in Fall of 2014 with first events scheduled in February 2015.



  • Credits


    Photographs /


    CCWIV & GCHP - Color Photos

    CCWIV - Black and White Photos

    New Orleans Historic Collection


    Client /


    Gulf Coast Housing Partnership


    Tenant /


    Ashé Cultural Arts Center


    Structural Engineer /


    Harmon Engineering LLC


    Theatrical / AV Consultant /


    jba consulting engineers


    MEP Engineer /


    jba consulting engineers


    Contractor /


    F.H. Myers Construction Corp.

  • Links

  • Awards

    Louisiana Landmarks Society /


    2015 Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation

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