Hollygrove Greenline Shade-Water Pavilion

The Greenline explores and demonstrates how a 50-foot wide swath of land above an underground canal could create a series of spaces for neighborhood activities. Created in partnership with the Carrollton-Hollygrove Community Development Corporation, the project layers green infrastructure strategies over conventional engineering practices in an effort to support neighborhood enhancement and water management demonstrations.

Project Dates

January 2011–December 2016


Located in a low-lying district of New Orleans between Carrollton Avenue and the Jefferson Parish line, Hollygrove was crossed by major urban infrastructure long before residential development occurred there. The Greenline is a former rail bed now used to convey stormwater to nearby outfall canals. Prior to this effort, the land remained vacant and fenced, inaccessible to neighborhood residents.

Small Center Engagement

The Hollygrove Greenline project sought to make a neighborhood amenity out of a divisive infrastructural corridor. Small Center’s involvement with the project began with research and documentation of the area’s historical, physical, and social contexts. This work was presented at community meetings, shaped by a need for water management, and developed into designs that would serve the community.

Partner Organization

The Carrollton-Hollygrove Community Development Corporation (CHCDC) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is the development of affordable housing to low- and moderate-income households, and, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, to promote neighborhood revitalization and recovery.


Several phases of development have been achieved over five years, including site access, walking paths, shade trees, seating, and a shade pavilion with unique water collection devices used to demonstrate four ways of reducing stormwater runoff and local flooding by managing water on-site. Through continued engagement with neighborhood stakeholders, the Greenline project transformed these otherwise derelict lots into active and healthy community spaces. To view the completed booklet of the Hollygrove Greenline Pavilion, please click here.


American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

Appropriate Technologies

C Bel Awnings

Carrollton-Hollygrove Community Development Corporation (CHCDC)

Dana Brown & Associates


Engineers Without Borders

Hollygrove Market & Farm

The New Orleans Food & Farm Network

Trinity Christian Community

Twin Shores Landscape

Team Members

Project Leads

  • Judith Kinnard FAIA (Design Lead)
  • Irene Keil (Design Lead)
  • Nick Jenisch (Project Manager)
  • Dan Etheridge


  • Scott Bernhard
  • Maurice Cox
  • John Coyle
  • Shoshana Gordon
  • Maggie Hansen
  • Sue Mobley
  • Donn Peabody
  • Emilie Taylor Welty


  • Michael Battipaglia
  • Michael Cohen
  • Zachary Gong
  • Chesley McCarty
  • Scott Mikawa
  • Ian O’Cain
  • Dorothy Shepard


  • Carrollton-Hollygrove CDC
  • Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans
  • Enterprise Holdings Foundation
  • Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans
  • Surdna Foundation

Special Thanks

  • Jarvain Bingmon
  • Dana Brown
  • Gaylan Williams
  • Michael Wong

Press and Awards

Excellence In Sustainability Honorable Mention

US Green Building Council Louisiana

Architecture Honorable Mention

AIA New Orleans

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Hollygrove Greenline Plots Improvements

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