Thursday, March 1, 2018

August Perez and Associates

Arrow Tourist Court, entrance, Gentilly Boulevard, New Orleans. 1947.
August Perez and Associates, architects. Pencil on tracing paper.
Althea Topek, our archives technician, just completed processing project drawings from our August Perez and Associates Office Records. August Perez, Jr. (1906-1998), was born and raised in New Orleans, and educated at Tulane University and Delgado Central Trades School (now Delgado Community College). The drawings mostly cover the period of the firm from the start of the office in 1940 through Perez's retirement in 1978. After 1978, the firm was headed by his son, Tulane University School of Architecture graduate, August Perez, III (1933-2014). In 1992, the firm became Perez, Ernst, Farnet Architects. It continues today as Perez, APC under Angela O'Byrne, also a Tulane School of Architecture graduate.

Notable projects of August Perez and Associates include the 1940 Art Moderne Blue Plate Foods building on Jefferson Davis Parkway, New Orleans and the International style Louisiana Supreme Court building for the New Orleans Civic Complex in 1959. The firm was prolific in designing residences, shopping centers, academic buildings, public, and other buildings in New Orleans, Louisiana, and other parts of the south.

The collection also includes project photographs from the 1950s through the 1980s, many by New Orleans architectural photographer, Frank Lotz Miller.

Below are a few perspective renderings for projects in the collection--

Community Shopping Center for Latter and Blum, Incorporated. Frenchmen Street and Gentilly Boulevard, New Orleans. Ca. 1944. August Perez and Associates, architects. Pencil on tracing paper.


Blue Plate Foods, Charlotte, NC. 1945. August Perez and Associates, architects. Pencil on tracing paper.


Store and Office Building, Metairie Road and Atherton Drive. Metairie, LA. 1947. August Perez and Associates, architects. Pencil on tracing paper.
African-American College, Southwest Louisiana. Ca. 1950s. August Perez and Associates, architects. Pencil on tracing paper.


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