News & Highlights

Jackson Avenue Filming changed to March 27th


Due to persistent bad weather over the past few weeks, the filming of The Free State of Jones has changed its production dates at 1410 Jackson Avenue to begin on March 27.  Production will take place between the hours of 7 am and 10 pm.  Parking in the area will be restricted  for several days prior to that time.   Please click the link below for more specific information.

FSOJ – 1410 Jackson Ave. Flyer a.o. 3.18.15 REV

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Garden District neighbors:

If you have not yet renewed your membership in the Garden District Association by paying your 2015 dues, no worries.  It’s easy to pay online with the click of your mouse right here.

If you are not yet a member, we encourage you to join our efforts in protecting the neighborhood.  Simply visit our website  by clicking here for an application or to join online.

The Association has several categories of membership.  While all dues are are voluntary and appreciated, the suggested categories are as follows. Remember that membership fees are tax deductible.

  • Sponsor Member: $500 per year. For larger homes and /or owners interested in supporting the Association at a higher level.
  • Sustaining Member: $250 per year. For single family homes and businesses.
  • General Member: $100 per year. For double/duplex (per unit) apartment, condominiums and small businesses.
  • Apartment or Condominium Buildings:  rate to be determined based on size and number of occupants. Please contact the GDA office at 525-7608.

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Tree Clearance on LA Ave Begins for SELA Project


Garden District Neighbors:

Please see the following press release regarding the removal of trees on the neutral ground on LA Avenue to make way for the  SELA drainage project which recently began closer to Claiborne Avenue.   This project will begin tomorrow (Wed)  and, weather permitting, will occur between St. Charles and Constance by the end of the week.  Once the project is completed, new landscaping will be restored in the median.

All questions should be directed to the SELA project, Corp of Engineers Construction Hotline through their Construction Hotline: (504) 585-2450.



U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS                                                                               BUILDING STRONG®

For Immediate Release:

March 6, 2015

Public Affairs: Rene Poche

(504) 862-1767

Corps to begin clearing trees on Louisiana Avenue 

Southeast Louisiana Drainage Project (SELA)

NEW ORLEANS -The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, and its contractor will begin clearing the neutral ground of all trees and shrubs on Louisiana Avenue between South Claiborne and Constance Street as part of the Southeast Louisiana Drainage Project (SELA).  Weather permitting, this activity will begin on Wednesday, March 11 and take approximately ten days to complete. Throughout construction, public safety is the Corps’ number one priority.

All tree removal activity associated with this project has been coordinated with the City of New Orleans Parks and Parkways Department and the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans.  A licensed arborist will be on site to oversee the neutral ground work Monday – Friday between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm.

The $82M drainage contract calls for constructing approximately 7,300 linear feet of concrete covered box culvert under the neutral ground along Louisiana Avenue, tying into existing drainage at South Claiborne Avenue and Constance Street. The project is scheduled to be complete in 2018, after which landscaping will be restored. The Corps will continue to coordinate with the City of New Orleans, Sewerage and Water Board, as well as interested residents in developing a landscape design.

For more information on the SELA project:

Events and Awards in the Garden District


Spring holds a promise of good food, good music and great company at two gatherings scheduled in the Garden District.   We thank the hosts, in advance, for sharing their homes and gardens with us.

The GDA’s newest tradition, our Jazz and Juleps event will be held on  Sunday, April 19 , from 5:30 til 7:30 on the lovely terrace of  Heidi and James’ Dugan’s home on Prytania and Third.  Invitations will be sent soon.   Tickets will be available online and by mail order.

And the GDA Annual Membership reception will be held in the beautiful shaded patio and gardens of Liz and Terry Creel on Thursday, May 14  from 6 till 7:30.  All members in good standing are welcomed to attend and to send nominations for the following.  Invitations to all members will be sent in advance of the event. 

Nominations Now Open:
New Board members:
three year term with monthly meetings and committee assignments.    

Renovators and New Construction Awards: This award is given to those who have completely restored their home or renovated the exterior of their home or completed  a new construction project in such a way as to enhance the overall neighborhood and their immediate area.  The project must have been completed within the last year. Please send a photo with your nomination.

Terry Parkerson Award:  The Terry-Parkerson Award was established in 1970 to perpetuate the memory of Dr. Thomas N. Terry and Lt. Colonel Emmet Parkerson, founders of the Garden District Association.  Its purpose was to recognize those who have continued the good works of Dr. Terry and Col. Parkerson and to stimulate greater interest  and participation in the Garden District.   The award is given when warranted to an individual or group who has greatly enhanced the greater neighborhood through renovation, construction, or public service.  Please see the attached list for past recipients.   

Terry Parkerson Award 2014 

For all nominations: Please send the name, contact info and the reason for nomination. Self nominations will not be accepted.


Filming Notification: Production H (1410 Jackson Ave) March 18


Dear Neighbors,

This letter is to inform you that we will be filming portions of a feature film on location in the New Orleans area.

On Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 (weather dependent), we plan to film interior scenes at 1410 Jackson Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130 between the approximate hours of 7:00am and 10:00pm.  We plan to have ITC (Intermittent Traffic Control) between the 1200 and 1400 blocks of Jackson Ave, between the 2100 and 2200 blocks of Coliseum St., and at the 2200 block of Chestnut St. between the approximate hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm and 6:00pm and 10:00pm (non-rush hours).

Our production will be parking base camp trailers and crew vehicles on a private lot; however, due to our filming and equipment placement needs, we have contracted parking with the city to post “NO PARKING” signs on impacted streets.  Please take notice of our postings:


TUES 3/3 6:00AM – FRI 3/27 6:00PM:


TUES 3/17 8:00AM – THURS 3/19 12:00PM:


We will have law enforcement officers on hand to ensure public safety and to help facilitate our work.  We are also working with Film New Orleans, N.O. Public Works (streets and meter departments) and various other entities to minimize our impact on residences and businesses alike. Thank you for helping us share our great city with the film industry.  If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at anytime.

Warm regards,

Stephen Leblanc
Location Manager
504.231.0938 c

John Jabaley
Key Asst. Location Manager
504.252.0723 c

Ron Uribe
Asst. Location Manager
985.707.4883 c