Jefferson Market (1916)

Another proud accomplishment of the Behrman administration was the construction of a number of new public markets. "These markets," the 1916 volume says, "are designed to give the maximum of cleanliness and sanitation as well as freedom from flies and other contaminating insects and are of steel frame construction to insure stability and durability." This photograph shows the Jefferson Market, Magazine Street and General Pershing, under construction by the H.W. Bond Co.

The market was remodeled in 1932, and at the ceremonies celebrating its reopening, the Times-Picayune Commissioner Fred Earhart deplored "the chain stores policy of sending their money outside the city and urged support of home merchants." Times apparently haven't changed so drastically after all.

The building, designed by City Architect E.A. Christy, now houses the gymnasium of St. George's Episcopal School.