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 started in April 2021 and included a new roof and running new utilities, stabilization of the foundation and exterior walls, a water drainage system, and restoration of the wood windows. We’re preparing for Phase II (the final phase) to start in early 2022.
The total cost of the Dodwell House capital expansion program is projected to be $4.2 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.