New Orleans Weird Homes Tour invites participants to discern 'extraordinary' from the 'weird'

Monday, 13 November 2017, 11:22:14 AM. Seth Rodewald-Bates would dispute the idea that the shipping-container house he and Elisabeth Davies share on Green Street in New Orleans' Carrollton neighborhood is “weird.”
Seth Rodewald-Bates would dispute the idea that the shipping-container house he and Elisabeth Davies share on Green Street in New Orleans' Carrollton neighborhood is “weird.” “A little out of the ordinary, maybe, but weird? It depends on what you’re used to,” he said. Visitors can decide for themselves today, when the house will be one of nine on the self-guided New Orleans Weird Homes Tour. The tour spotlights innovative design in Austin, Houston and now New Orleans for the benefit of local housing nonprofits. Ten percent of Saturday's ticket proceeds will benefit the affordable housing partnership HousingNOLA. "I had been looking into the idea (of a container house) ever since I was in grad school in landscape architecture at LSU," Rodewald-Bates said. "There’s an architecture firm called LO-TEK that had used shipping containers as a material in the late '90s and early '00s.” Grow Dat Youth Farm has constructed a complex of containers in City Park, and there are a couple of houses made of containers in Mid-City and Central City. The idea was popular among architecture schools considering inexpensive and fast replacement housing options post-Katrina, but never really caught on here on a major scale.  “Ironically enough, when Elisabeth and I decided to build with shipping containers, no one else thought it was a good idea. Most people thought we were crazy, even our friends in the design world,” Rodewald-Bates said. “I'd say most were pleasantly surprised that it turned out...Read more
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