American Chicle Company Building

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American Chicle Company Building
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Seen from Fig Street, 2010
American Chicle Company Building is located in Louisiana
American Chicle Company Building
American Chicle Company Building is located in the US
American Chicle Company Building
Location 8311 Fig St., New Orleans, Louisiana
Coordinates 29°57′43″N 90°7′3″W / 29.96194°N 90.11750°W / 29.96194; -90.11750Coordinates: 29°57′43″N 90°7′3″W / 29.96194°N 90.11750°W / 29.96194; -90.11750
Area less than one acre
Built 1911
Architectural style Italian Renaissance
NRHP Reference # 98001176[1]
Added to NRHP September 18, 1998

American Chicle Company Building is located in the Gert Town neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana.

The New Orleans Chamber of Commerce started campaigning for a chewing gum factory in the city in 1900. Points in favor of New Orleans as a good location for such a factory included being USA's leading port of commerce with Latin America, so much chicle was already shipped through there, and large quantities of sugar are grown and refined in Louisiana. (New York Times, 19 Oct 1900)

The American Chicle Company built the building as a branch factory, which opened production in 1911.

After the gum factory closed, the building housed a box factory and an automotive parts warehouse.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 18, 1998.

The area flooded in the 2005 levee failure disaster during Hurricane Katrina. After remaining vacant for years, the building was refurbished as an office building in 2008-2009, and now houses the headquarters of Landis Construction Company.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.