THE ICON: Pres Kabacoff
THE LEGACY:Pres Kabacoff has spent much of his career redeveloping or finding new uses for broad swaths of New Orleans. He was one of the first to see the promise of the Warehouse District, an area of dilapidated buildings that has become a hot residential and commercial sector, and he converted the Federal Fibre Mills and Woodward Wight buildings into apartments that filled quickly. He has been controversial, most notably with the River Garden project, a community of mixed-income dwellings built where the St. Thomas public housing complex had been. After an initial round of criticism, River Garden was recognized as a model of adaptive reuse.
THE ARTIST: Alexandra Kilburn, WhereYart.net
THE INSPIRATION: “I really feel I’ve done my homework. I feel like I’m doing the right thing. … My hope is that history will bear it out.” — Pres Kabacoff, in a 2007 interview