Project Completed by: Hamilton Anderson Associates
As a project team member at Hamilton Anderson Associates in Detroit, Michigan, Michael Ford worked on The Louis Armstrong Park and Congo Square project in New Orleans. The city of New Orleans’ fabled Congo Square is a rich historic site and a former gathering place for 18th century slaves. Located in the greater Louis Armstrong Park, this project was developed with the city of New Orleans to highlight its heritage and culture. The interpretive plaza celebrates six key contributors, linking them together through design elements and the creation of a vibrant public space. The project is located in Louis Armstrong Park, a 29.23-acre regional park housing vital cultural resources such as the Municipal Auditorium, Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, the National Jazz Historical Park, and Congo Square – a historic and rare gathering place for 18th century slaves.
The park provides an interpretive “journey” through New Orleans’ history and culture, while creating educational and cultural opportunities for families. This project provides professional design services to lead the Commemorative Plaza Project from design concept to implementation within a 15-month design-through-construction schedule.