Marc J. Cooper (1949- )
Photographs

Louisiana Division
New Orleans Public Library


Date range: 1978-1991
Size of collection: 158 35mm color slides
Terms of Access: Available to registered researchers by appointment
Copyright Information: Please discuss with a Louisiana Division archivist
Source of Acquisition: Gift from Jennifer Cooper, ca. 2000


Historical Note

Marc Cooper was a carpenter, preservationist, and neighborhood activist in New Orleans. He was responsible for numerous renovations of historic buildings in the city and served as a member of the Historic Districts/Landmarks Commission. In 1995 Mayor Marc H. Morial appointed Cooper to head the Vieux Carre Commission, a position that he held until March 2003. His entry into government service was preceded by his work with the Bywater Neighborhood Association, a group that he served as president.

Scope Note

The photographs document the Bywater neighborhood and individual buildings therein. Some of the identifications included below were taken from handwritten labels on individual slides, others were derived from other sources. Several photographs remain unidentified; some may actually show scenes outside of the Bywater neighborhood. If you can identify any of these locations please e-mail the information to Wayne Everard at weverard@bellsouth.net.

These photographs are almost certainly a small segment of a larger number of images created by Cooper during his long years of residence in the Bywater area. Marc Cooper died on April 5, 2009 from Pick's Disease, one of several degenerative brain conditions falling under the umbrella of Frontotemporal Dementia. He was fifty-nine years old. Read his Times-Picayune obituary HERE.

Description of the Photographs

Thumbnail Image # (click to view) Caption/Description Date Additional Description Original Slide Number
Photograph 1 Burgundy and Pauline Streets, Rutter-Rex clothing factory 1979/12
32
Photograph 2 St. Vincent De Paul Church, 3053 Dauphine Street 1980/10 Now Blessed Francis Seelos Church 1
Photograph 3 2824 Dauphine Street, Catholic Deaf Center undated Formerly St. Benedict's Convent; now Lazarus House
Photograph 4 700 block (odd number side) Bartholomew Street 1978/06
18
Photograph 5 St. Vincent De Paul Church, 3053 Dauphine Street undated Now Blessed Francis Seelos Church
Photograph 6 3000 block (odd number side) Dauphine Street 1978/06 Dauphine and Clouet Streets, Kirschman's Clearance Center 6
Photograph 7 600 block (even number side) Clouet Street 1978/06
9
Photograph 8 Location unknown 1978/09
14
Photograph 9 900 block (odd number side) Independence Street 1978/06
36
Photograph 10 St. Claude Avenue and Clouet Street (looking uptown) 1981/02
17
Photograph 11 4000 block (even number side) Royal Street 1978/06 Corner Mazant Street 19
Photograph 12 Burgundy and Pauline Streets, Rutter-Rex clothing factory 1979/12
33
Photograph 13 900 block Alvar Street 1978/06 Alvar branch library in center; view from Macarty Square 8
Photograph 14 631 Independence Street 1978/06
9
Photograph 15 St. Vincent De Paul Church, 3053 Dauphine Street undated Now Blessed Francis Seelos Church
Photograph 16 3300 Royal Street undated Giorlando Furniture Manufacturing Company and Wholesale
Photograph 17 840 Clouet Street 1978/06 Corner Burgundy Street 35
Photograph 18 900 block Pauline Street 1978/06 View from Macarty Square 6
Photograph 19 Signs on light post, Piety Street near Royal Street; thanks to Don Tennant for providing this information. undated One stating that the area is being maintained by the Boys Club of Greater New Orleans, the other crediting area maintenance to the Mickey Markey Athletic Association
Photograph 20 2824 Dauphine Street undated Formerly St. Benedict's Convent and the Catholic Deaf Center; now Lazarus House
Photograph 21 900 block Montegut Street 1978/06
25
Photograph 22 Chartres Street corner Independence Street 1978/06
8
Photograph 23 Location unknown 1980/10
18
Photograph 24 3300 Royal Street undated Giorlando Furniture Manufacturing Company and Wholesale; view from Mickey Markey Playground
Photograph 25 France Street between Royal and Chartres Streets undated Portion of the Mazant Royale scattered site housing development; these units were modernized following Hurricane Katrina
Photograph 26 Alvar Street corner Burgundy Street undated L. A. Frey & Co. parking lot
Photograph 27 2800 Chartres Street 1994 "Future site" of New Orleans Center for Creative Arts
Photograph 28 Grafitti wall undated

Photograph 29 Vicinity of Mazant and Royal Streets undated Portion of the Mazant Royale scattered site housing development; these units were demolished following Hurricane Katrina
Photograph 30 Burgundy Street corner Press Street 1991/08
11
Photograph 31 2800 Chartres Street 1994? "Future site" of New Orleans Center for Creative Arts
Photograph 32 2800 Chartres Street 1994 "Future site" of New Orleans Center for Creative Arts
Photograph 33 Burgundy Street corner Alvar Street 1978/06 Slide is marked "3901 Burgundy" 11
Photograph 34 Copy of 1907 survey (portion) showing improvements on the two squares fronting on Independence Street between Chartres and North Peters Streets


Photograph 35 Burgundy Street corner Lesseps Street 1978/06
33
Photograph 36 2800 Chartres Street (St. Ferdinand Street side) 1994 "Future site" of New Orleans Center for Creative Arts
Photograph 37 Desire Street name tile


Photograph 38 3900 block Burgundy Street 1978/06 Entrance to L. A. Frey building 10
Photograph 39 901 Piety Street (corner Burgundy Street) 1978/06 De Luxe Bell Super Market 25
Photograph 40 628 Clouet Street 1978/06
7
Photograph 41 Plaque, St. Vincent De Paul Church
Placed during the 200th anniversary of the Archdiocese of New Orleans in 1993
Photograph 42 Louisa Street corner Burgundy Street 1978/06 Former L. E. Koffskey building 22
Photograph 43 939 Montegut Street (North Rampart Street side) 1980/10

Photograph 44 1000 block Clouet Street 1978/06
31
Photograph 45 2800 Chartres Street (St. Ferdinand Street side) 1994 Banner advertising the "Future site" of New Orleans Center for Creative Arts
Photograph 46 3301 Dauphine Street (corner Piety)


Photograph 47 3000 block (odd number side) Dauphine Street
Dauphine and Clouet Streets, Kirschman's Clearance Center
Photograph 48 Plaque, St. Vincent De Paul Church 1980/10 Commemorating the 1976 placement of the church on the National Register of Historic Places; Now Blessed Francis Seelos Church 25
Photograph 49 800 block (odd number side) Poland Avenue 1978/06
29
Photograph 50 1015 Montegut Street 1978/06
2
Photograph 51 Louisa Street corner Chartres Street 1978/06
11
Photograph 52 701 Congress Street (corner Royal) 1978/06
35
Photograph 53 Entrance, St. Vincent De Paul Church, 3053 Dauphine Street 1980/10 Now Blessed Francis Seelos Church 22
Photograph 54 Clock, St. Vincent De Paul Church, 3053 Dauphine Street (photograph taken from inside the clock tower) 1980/10 Now Blessed Francis Seelos Church 30
Photograph 55 Burgundy Street corner Desire Street 1978/06
33
Photograph 56 1011 Clouet Street 1978/06 Also 1007-1009 Clouet Street 33
Photograph 57 Dauphine Street corner Independence Street 1979/12
34
Photograph 58 3800 block (even number side) Royal Street 1978/06
15
Photograph 59 3810 Burgundy Street 1978/06 Viewed through the Victory Arch in Macarty Square 4
Photograph 60 Alvar Street corner Burgundy Street 1978/06 L. A. Frey & Co. parking lot 9
Photograph 61 840 Poland Avenue 1978/06 Shows Jack Dempsey's on the other side of Dauphine Street 12
Photograph 62 Dauphine Street corner Piety Street 1978/06 Frady's Food Store (slide says 800 Piety but current sources say 3231 Dauphine) 27
Photograph 63 939 Montegut Street (corner North Rampart Street) 1978/06

Photograph 64 900 block (odd number side) Gallier Street 1978/06
34
Photograph 65 Piety Street near Burgundy Street looking towards the River 1978/06
24
Photograph 66 1015 Montegut Street 1978/06
7
Photograph 67 1000 block (even number side) Montegut Street 1978/06
4
Photograph 68 916 Montegut Street 1978/06
25
Photograph 69 3301 Dauphine Street (corner Piety) 1978/06 Slide says Evans Candy, 801 Piety 26
Photograph 70 3044 Royal Street 1978/06?
18
Photograph 71 2922 North Rampart Street 1978/06
28
Photograph 72 800 block (even number side) Clouet Street 1978/06
36
Photograph 73 1000 block (even number side) Poland Avenue 1991/08 The narrow building originally served as office/lobby space for the adjacent streetcar barn. It was later used as a stable for the adjacent fire station. 20
Photograph 74 639-640 Clouet Street (corner Royal Street) 1978/06
6
Photograph 75 4400 St. Claude Avenue (corner Poland Avenue) 1978/06 Milano's Seafood 1
Photograph 76 900 block (even number side) Clouet Street (near corner with North Rampart Street) 1978/06
34
Photograph 77 600 block Press Street (looking towards the Lake)


Photograph 78 Dauphine Street at Press Street (looking towards the Industrial Canal) 1978/06 Shows a sign reading: "Welcome to Bywater, a Neighborhood with Downtown Pride" 20
Photograph 79 700 block (even number side) Desire Street at Royal Street 1978/06
30
Photograph 80 Press Street at Dauphine Street (looking towards the River)


Photograph 81 3044 Royal Street 1978/06
19
Photograph 82 1000 block (odd number side) Poland Avenue at North Rampart Street 1991/08
19
Photograph 83 723 Clouet Street 1978/06
3
Photograph 84 Press Street at Burgundy Street (looking towards the River)

5
Photograph 85 North Rampart Street at Press Street (looking towards the Industrial Canal)
Shows a sign reading: "Welcome to Bywater, a Neighborhood with Downtown Pride"
Photograph 86 Alvar Branch, New Orleans Public Library, 913 Alvar Street


Photograph 87 3810 Burgundy Street


Photograph 88 Vicinity of Mazant and Royal Streets
Portion of the Mazant Royale scattered site housing development; these units were demolished following Hurricane Katrina
Photograph 89 Yard adjacent to the Alvar Branch, New Orleans Public Library, 913 Alvar Street


Photograph 90 Victory Arch in Macarty Square


Photograph 91 Floodwall at Desire Street, looking upriver


Photograph 92 Welcome sign
One of the signs reading: "Welcome to Bywater, a Neighborhood with Downtown Pride"
Photograph 93 Environmentally-correct catch basin cover
An image of a fish is painted on it along with the warning: "Dump no waste, drains to lake"
Photograph 94 Plaque, Victory Arch, Macarty Square
One of several plaques mounted on the Arch, this one lists "Colored men who died in service" and "Colored men in active service" duing World War I
Photograph 95 3301 Chartres Street (at Piety Street)


Photograph 96 Victory Arch in Macarty Square and the 3800 block of Burgundy Street 1978/06
7
Photograph 97 Location unknown 1978/10
21
Photograph 98 Press Street between Royal and Chartres Streets, looking towards the River

37
Photograph 99 1000 block (even number side) Clouet Street 1978/06
32
Photograph 100 Plaque, St. Vincent De Paul Church
Commemorating the 1976 placement of the church on the National Register of Historic Places; Now Blessed Francis Seelos Church
Photograph 101 3000 block (odd number side) Royal Street 1978/06
23
Photograph 102 Cornerstone, St. Vincent De Paul Church
Now Blessed Francis Seelos Church
Photograph 103 901 Piety Street (corner Burgundy Street)


Photograph 104 France Street between Royal and Chartres Streets
Portion of the Mazant Royale scattered site housing development; these units were modernized following Hurricane Katrina
Photograph 105 3037 Royal Street 1978/06
22
Photograph 106 600 Poland Avenue 1978/06 F. Edward Hébert Defense Center 31
Photograph 107 Dauphine Street corner Piety Street
Frady's Food Store
Photograph 108 Vicinity of Mazant and Royal Streets
Sign reading: "Comprehensive Modernization of Mazant Royale, New Orleans, Louisiana, LA 1-44, Housing Authority of New Orleans
Photograph 109 Copy of 1907 survey (portion) showing improvements from just downriver of Mazant Street to just upriver of Pauline Street between Chartres Street and the River


Photograph 110 Chartres Street corner Mazant Street, Reuther's Seafood


Photograph 111 No jogging sign
Sign on chain link fence reads: "No jogging by order of the H.P.D. [Harbor Police Department?]"
Photograph 112 Copy of 1907 survey (portion) showing improvements on the squares on both sides of Mazant Street south of Chartres Street


Photograph 113 Section of the floodwall (perhaps at Piety Street)


Photograph 114 View of Algiers and the Naval Support Activity from just downriver from the Poland Street Wharf


Photograph 115 Desire Street corner Burgundy Street 1978/06 Orleans Broom and Mop Manufactory 32
Photograph 116 Copy of 1907 survey (portion) showing title and related information


Photograph 117 Probably Mazant Street (even numbered side) between Royal and Chartres; thanks to Jennifer Cooper for this information.


Photograph 118 Copy of 1907 survey (portion) showing improvements on the squares from Bartholomew Street to just upriver from Pauline Street between Chartres Street and the River


Photograph 119 Chartres Street corner Gallier Street
Chris and Gerald's Riverside Restaurant and Bar (now Elizabeth's)
Photograph 120 Copy of 1907 survey showing improvements on the squares from Press Street to just downriver from France Street between Chartres Street and the River


Photograph 121 800 block (even number side on left) Louisa Street 1978/06
20
Photograph 122 700 block (even number side on left) Independence Street 1978/06
10
Photograph 123 Between the floodwall and the River in the vicinity of Congress Street


Photograph 124 700 block (even number side on left) Louisa Street 1978/06
17
Photograph 125 3000 block (even number side on right) Royal Street 1978/06
20
Photograph 126 Victory Arch in Macarty Square


Photograph 127 Press Street between Burgundy and North Rampart Streets 1978/09 Evidence of dumping on the side of the road 15
Photograph 128 Press Street corner Dauphine Street 1978/09 The large building in the background (actually on Royal Street) once housed Holy Trinity School; the building burned in 1992 18
Photograph 129 Location unknown 1980/03 Does not appear to be a Bywater property 1
Photograph 130 Mickey Markey Playground?


Photograph 131 Dauphine Street at Press Street
Waiting for a train to pass 24
Photograph 132 3700 block (even number side) Dauphine Street 1978/06 Rutter-Rex parking lot 2
Photograph 133 Press Street between North Rampart Street and St. Claude Avenue

11
Photograph 134 Alvar Street corner Burgundy Street 1978/06 L. A. Frey & Co. parking lot 14
Photograph 135 900 block (odd number side on right) Montegut Street

26
Photograph 136 Almost certainly 3015 Royal Street; thanks to Jennifer Cooper for the suggestion 1978/09
37
Photograph 137 3400 block (odd number side) Chartres Street 1978/06
29
Photograph 138 Poland Avenue (even number side) at Burgundy Street 1978/06 Jaws Oyster Bar on the river side corner 13
Photograph 139 Press Street at Burgundy Street, looking towards the River


Photograph 140 Royal Street (odd number side) corner Desire Street 1978/06 3405 Royal Street at corner 31
Photograph 141 Victory Arch in Macarty Square 1978/06
5
Photograph 142 Press Street between Burgundy and Dauphine Streets, looking towards the River 1980/03
12
Photograph 143 Press Street between Burgundy and Dauphine Streets, looking towards the Lake
Evidence of dumping on the side of the road 39
Photograph 144 Dauphine Street at Press Street (looking towards the Industrial Canal)
Shows a sign reading: "Welcome to Bywater, a Neighborhood with Downtown Pride" 16
Photograph 145 Louisa Street corner Dauphine Street (downtown river corner) 1978/06 Then Leonhard's department store 18
Photograph 146 Press Street between Burgundy and Dauphine Streets, looking towards the River

13
Photograph 147 Press Street between North Rampart and Burgundy Streets, looking towards the River

31
Photograph 148 Desire Street between Dauphine and Burgundy Streets, looking towards the Lake


Photograph 149 Dauphine Street at Press Street
Train approaching the intersection 23
Photograph 150 Dauphine Street corner Piety Street
The Leonhard's Building; address on building is 3240 Dauphine Street
Photograph 151 Dauphine Street corner Desire Street
Close-up showing the two street name tiles
Photograph 152 Louisa Street (even number side) between Royal and Dauphine Streets 1978/06
16
Photograph 153 Press Street at Dauphine Street, looking towards the River

17
Photograph 154 Dauphine Street corner Louisa Street
Close-up showing the two street name tiles; also tiles showing "Eicke's Grocery, Est. 1860"
Photograph 155 Chartres Street at Press Street
"Future site" of New Orleans Center for Creative Arts
Photograph 156 Location unknown 1991/08
13
Photograph 157 Burgundy and Pauline Streets, Rutter-Rex clothing factory 1979/12
32
Photograph 158 Dauphine Street corner Louisa Street
Bywater Barbeque

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