Ronald Lewis’s House of Dance and Feathers celebrates the oldest social aid and pleasure club in the Ninth Ward, the Big Nine Social Club, and Mardi Gras Indian tribes throughout New Orleans.

In cooperation with Mr. Lewis, Tulane City Center and Project Locus designed and constructed an enclosed, 500 sq. ft. space for the House of Dance and Feathers. Architecture students from around the country (a majority from Kansas State University) rebuilt the small-scale neighborhood museum to help reconstruct a sense of history and identity for this unique culture after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the original location.

The museum, a flagship of the devastated Lower Ninth Ward, is a repository of cultural artifacts focusing on Mardi Gras Indians, the history of Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs, and the Lower Ninth Ward community, for educational purposes. Within the structure, there are spaces for display, gathering, and working. In addition, the students redesigned and rehabilitated the Lewis Residence. The House of Dance and Feathers and Lewis Residence were completed on August 15, 2006.

Summer 2006


Project Team

Patrick Rhodes, Advising Professor
Students from Kansas State
Dan Etheridge, Tulane City Center
Sarah Gamble, CITYbuild
Ronald Lewis, House of Dance and Feathers

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Oz, Cite, Domus, New York Times,
Design for the Other 90%


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