Through the generosity of several friends, Dodwell House is no longer a dream. However, developing a place of possibility and hope is no small undertaking.
We are creating and equipping a space fit for the program needs of Anna’s Place NOLA and to meet the ever-changing needs of our community. Beyond the physical space, we are increasing our capacity to deliver our promise to the community. And we are ensuring we can sustain our growth.
We began the planning process three years ago. With the support of local architects and contractors experienced in historic preservation, Phase I of construction was completed in December 2021 and included a new roof, running new utilities, stabilization of the foundation and exterior walls, a water drainage system, and restoration of the wood windows. Phase II of renovation (the final phase) has started in May 2022 with a goal of utilizing the building for Anna’s Place NOLA summer camp in June 2023.
The total cost of the Dodwell House capital expansion program is projected to be $5.2 million*. This includes the cost of creating, equipping and operating a space fit for our program needs and other community programs, while also sustaining Dodwell House and Anna’s Place NOLA for the first two years.
*This reflects a rise in construction costs imposed in early 2022 due to the COVID pandemic’s effect on supply and equipment costs.