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Bell Artspace Campus

New Life for a Tremé Neighborhood Center

2100 Ursulines Avenue, Tremé, New Orleans, LA, 70119
Bell Campus St. Joeseph Building
Bell Artspace Campus - Andrew Bell Building
Aerial Pre-construction
Bell Campus St. Joeseph Building

Bell Artspace Campus St. Joeseph Building

Bell Artspace Campus - Andrew Bell Building

Bell Artspace Campus - Andrew Bell Building

Bell Artspace Campus Ben Franklin Building

Bell Chapel Building Pre-construction

Artspace Bell Chapel Under Construction

Building Under Construction

Interior Gym Pre-construction

Bell Residential Building Pre-construction

Aerial Pre-construction



Bell Artspace Campus Overview

For more than a hundred years, the two-block Bell School campus anchored New Orleans’ Tremé neighborhood as a place for education, music training, and cultural development. Abandoned since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, these five extraordinary buildings have been given new life in phase one of a two-phase project that hopes to restore not only the bricks and mortar but also the former Bell School’s historic role as a center of the community.

The Bell Artspace Campus project transforms the three largest buildings of the former Bell School into 79 units of affordable live/work housing for low- to moderate-income artists, cultural workers, and families. The project also reestablishes many of the former Bell School's creative and common spaces (e.g., band room, gym, and chapel building) for creative use by the Bell Artspace Campus residents and commercial tenants. 

Phase one of the Bell Artspace Campus project was developed in parthership with  Providence Community Housing, a non-profit that has built more than a thousand affordable housing units in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina. Other supporters include both the City and the Housing Authority of New Orleans, Junebug Productions, New Orleans Master Crafts Guild, Make Music Nola, and Tremé4Tremé. 

Estimated Project Cost

$37.4 million

Development Partner

Providence Community Housing 


Billes Partners


Gibbs Construction

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Our Thanks to...
Funding Partners
The Kresge Foundation
The Ford Foundation
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Gibbs Construction
ArtPlace America
The Greater New Orleans Foundation
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Community Partners

The City of New Orleans
Louisiana Housing Corporation
Louisiana Office of Community Development
Housing Authority of New Orleans
New City Partnership
Greater New Orleans Foundation
Fauborg Laffite Residents Association
St Peter Claver Community
Junebug Productions
New Orleans Master Crafts Guild
Creative Alliance of New Orleans
Make Music NOLA