WorkSpace at Myrtle Banks


Nonprofit, social and creative entrepreneurs:

rent a private office, desk or use of the office center

-- or host your next event in our conference room or gallery space --

all on the 3rd floor of the historic Myrtle Banks Building on OC Haley Blvd




WorkSpace that fits your needs!



100 square foot private office with glass front and lockable door, 2 Steelcase desks and ergonomic chairs, private Wi-Fi network, printer/copier/scanner with 150 pages free b/w printing per month and 10 cents per page color printing, use of large conference room, a shared kitchenette, personal mailbox with individualized address, free parking and 24/7 access.




Workstation in an open area, Steelcase desk and chair, Wi-Fi, printer/copier/scanner with 50 pages free b/w printing per month and 10 center per page color printing, use of large conference room, a shared kitchenette, personal mailbox with individualized address, free parking and 24/7 access.



Please note: we only book out 3 months in advance as our tenants use these spaces regularly for their businesses. We don't book after hours rentals.



(3rd Floor)


Rent the spacious Conference Room for 25-30 people, equipped with WiFi and large screen TV for presentations.


(2nd Floor)


Host your dinner/meeting/social in our beautiful open-air space on the 2nd floor mezzanine overlooking the beautiful Dryades Market. The space comfortably holds 40 seated and up to 60 standing.


Virtual Tour



Located on the 3rd floor of the Myrtle Banks Building at 1307 OC Haley Blvd in Central City, blocks from I-10 and the Westbank Expressway.


Limited free off-street parking available and free street parking.


Public Transportation - 15 Freret, 28 M.L. King, and

91 Jackson-Esplanade. Only 3 blocks from the St Charles Streetcar. 


Bike racks on-site!



CANO's Creative Spaces


Step out into the Hall to enjoy art and culture in CANO's Creative Spaces, featuring art exhibitions and special events in the spacious 3rd floor gallery

Dryades Public Market


Have lunch or make groceries right downstairs at the new Dryades Public Market -

a full-service grocery store with fresh produce, grocery staples and prepared foods

On the Boulevard


Home to the Ashe' Cultural Arts Center, Cafe Reconcile, Zeitgeist, Church Alley Coffee Bar, Youth Empowerment Project, Good Work Network, New Orleans Jazz Market, Southern Food & Beverage Museum, Casa Borrega, Tasseology and more!

The Building


In 1910, a new modern school, McDonogh No. 38, was built in Central City on Dryades Street, now Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, to replace two smaller schools on the property. The architect for the City of New Orleans, E.A. Christy, designed a beautiful Arts & Crafts building with large banks of windows and high ceilings. The elementary school was later renamed for Myrtle Rosabella Banks, a long-time educator and principal, and served the neighborhood until it was closed in 2002 by the School Board. In 2008, a major fire destroyed the roof and much of the 3rd floor, leaving the building exposed to the elements and further deterioration for several years. 

Alembic Community Development acquired the historic school in 2011, and began construction in 2013 on an adaptive reuse program to transform the building into a home for fresh food, the arts, nonprofits and small businesses. The Myrtle Banks Building has been selected for a 2015 Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation by the Louisiana Landmarks Society and

an Alliant Build America Award by the Associated General Contractors of America.



WorkSpace at Myrtle Banks is owned and operated by Alembic Community Development. Please contact Alembic below for rental rates. The conference room is available to

Central City neighborhood associations at no charge, and at a discounted rate

to nonprofits, pending availability.










Photo: Ryan Gootee GC