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  • Where Y’Eat: How a Food Hall is Putting a Historic New Orleans Site Back on the Map
    June 28, 2018

    Ian McNulty for WWNO 88.9 How do you make a historic, nine-story building disappear? In the case of the Pythian Building in downtown New Orleans, the trick was to encase the grand structure in bland paneling for half a century and keep it empty all the years after Hurricane Katrina. The building didn’t literally disappear, but it was practically invisible. Now though, that paneling is down and the Pythian is back as a mix of…


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  • GoNOLA Find: Pythian Market
    June 26, 2018

    Emily Ramirez Hernandez for GoNOLA.com After falling on hard times by the turn of the new millennium, it would hardly have garnered a passerby’s sideways glance. But, in its early years, the Pythian Temple was considered “a crowning achievement for a new-century generation of progressive African Americans,” according to writer and historian Keith Weldon Medley. In the era of Jim Crow—when racial segregation was strictly enforced in the American South—the Pythian served as a symbol…


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  • 2017 Downtown NOLA Award Honorees
    August 10, 2017

    Downtown Development District DDD to Honor Six Downtown All-Stars The DDD would like to congratulate the honorees to be celebrated at this year’s Downtown NOLA Awards for their exceptional contributions to the progress of Downtown New Orleans. The ceremony will be held on Friday, September 22 at the Roosevelt New Orleans located in Downtown New Orleans at 130 Roosevelt Way. The luncheon will be held from Noon to 1:30 pm, with networking and cocktails before…


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  • Past Perfect
    August 10, 2017

    Ashley McLellan for BizNewOrleans.com Built upon a rich history, the Pythian is reborn to fill needs Downtown. On May 12, co-developers ERG Enterprises, Crescent City Community Land Trust and Green Coast celebrated the grand opening of their latest venture, The Pythian. An eight-story building at 234 Loyola Avenue, The Pythian will eventually include 69 apartments — 25 dedicated to workforce housing, 38 available at market rates and six penthouse apartments. Construction is still underway, but…


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  • Triumphant Return of Pythian
    August 10, 2017

    Danielle del Sol for the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans Its history is storied, but many don’t know it, as the Pythian building was masked — literally — for decades, a mid-century modern sheath covering the 1909 gem underneath. When local development firm Green Coast Enterprises decided to purchase and renovate the structure into a mixed-use building with a fresh food market, health care and business offices, and 69 apartment units, their first step…


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  • Look Inside: Historic Pythian Building in Downtown New Orleans Renovated
    June 6, 2017

    Katherine Sayre for NOLA.com | The Times Picayune The historic Pythian building on Loyola Avenue downtown has reopened, nearing the end of a $44 million renovation into apartments targeted at middle-income renters, a soon-to-open food market and healthcare focused businesses. Green Coast Enterprises, Crescent City Community Land Trust and ERG Enterprises acquired the nine-story building and led the renovation, which StudioWTA Architects designed.  A total of 69 apartments are being rented — 25 set aside at lower…


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  • Historic Pythian Building Reopens Downtown
    May 23, 2017

    WGNO A historic downtown building is back in business. The Pythian Building at 234 Loyola Ave. re-opened after 15 years of sitting unused. It was known as the Pythian Temple in the early 1900s and played an important part in the African-American business community. The Pythian, an eight-story building, was constructed in 1908 under the direction of S.W. Green, a prominent businessman and leader of the Grand Lodge Colored Knights of Pythias, a black fraternal organization….


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  • All Things New Orleans Radio Interview on WWNO
    May 18, 2017

    Janae Pierre on 88.9 WWNO  On this week’s edition of All Things New Orleans, we discuss the restoration of a historic downtown building. Green Coast Principal and Co-Founder Will Bradshaw shares a bit of the history and redevelopment ideas for the multi-use Pythian Building in downtown New Orleans.  Listen to the interview here


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  • New and Improved Pythian Building Reopens After Multi-Million Dollar Renovation
    May 13, 2017

    WDSU News Tonight we get an inside look at the new and improved Pythian building, it reopened today with a celebration and a second line. The historic building was built in 1908 and housed African-American professionals and hosted a number of African-American businesses. After a multi-million dollar renovation the downtown building has 69 apartments, a public market that features 19 food vendors, and a community health center. Watch the video here


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  • Smith W. Green
    Would New Orleans Be New Orleans Without Its Black Citizens
    May 10, 2017

    A New Orleans Tribune Editorial …There is more news of late that causes us to reflect on the achievements of Black New Orleanians throughout the city’s history. For example, the Pythian Temple, at the corner of Loyola Avenue and Gravier Street, once an epicenter of Black life in the early 1900s in New Orleans has been renovated into a commercial and residential development. The building was first opened in 1909 as the home of the…


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