Cornerstones is a place documentary initiative that has teamed up with Tulane City Center at Tulane’s School of Architecture on various outreach projects throughout the city. The project both documents and promotes sites that store, facilitate, or perpetuate New Orleans’ history, culture, and sense of place. Tulane City Center and Cornerstones were asked by community members of the Candlelight Lounge in the Historic Treme neighborhood to document and position the significance of the barroom within the neighborhood and greater New Orleans, so that efforts to sustain the barroom can be well supported. The Candlelight Lounge is the only longtime barroom and live music venue still open in the Historic Treme, a community celebrated for its jazz and performance culture. Cornerstones has documented other sites in New Orleans with an uncertain future, such as the Mother-In-Law Lounge after Mrs. Antoinette K-Doe passed away and the Deutsches Haus prior to the demolition of Lower Mid-City for the development of the LSU/VA biomedical complex. The Candlelight Lounge, by comparison, faces slower-moving, quieter threats.
The booklet presents a portrait of a place that has served an everyday role in the lives of Treme residents, past and present. In so doing, it has also sustained a festive spirit and a performance culture that have made the barroom a meaningful place to Candlelight community members in the neighborhood and well beyond.
Bethany Rogers, Cornerstones
Cameron Ringness, TCC Intern
Sarah Satterlee, TCC Intern