At different times and places, bricks in New Orleans have held contradictory meanings. They have meant confinement and also safekeeping. They have been sought after and shunned. Built up and torn down.

 

This book and film explore the cultural history of bricks in New Orleans, and what they meant to residents of the Lafitte Public Housing Development. The project was commissioned as part of the Section 106 process under the National Historical Preservation Act of 1966, and traces the early history of the “back-a-town” neighborhood of Tremé that was torn down to build the Lafitte in the late 1930s.

 

Moving through the 20th century, the film, produced by Spyboy Productions, tells the story of the neighborhood in the voices of former and current Lafitte residents.