2533 Columbus: Parish Hall Offices
Originally constructed in 1938, the two-story wooden schoolhouse served as an elementary school until August 26, 2005: the Friday before Katrina struck New Orleans. The renovated building has been transformed into the Parish Hall Offices, a shared workspace highlighted by several strong nonprofit organizations, including Fund 17, KID smART, the New Orleans Arts Education Alliance, NewCorp, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Brothers Empowered to Teach, and more. In addition to conventional office suites, Parish Hall offers 2-3 person private offices, semi-private workstations and open desks in a shared facility with conference and meeting rooms, free wifi, printing and copying, a kitchen, and flexible leasing.
Fund 17, a nonprofit organization that provides tailored business development and capital access assistance to community entrepreneurs and business owners in New Orleans, is the programmatic anchor for Parish Hall. Beginning in fall 2018, Fund 17 will operate a Community Business Incubator that combines training and mentorship programs, capital access, and accessible space and equipment for entrepreneurs in the 7th Ward and surrounding