The Louisiana Humanities Center at Turners’ Hall

About the LHC

The Louisiana Humanities Center (LHC) at Turners’ Hall opened its doors in 2007 to provide innovative, respected learning spaces for humanities organizations and non-profit agencies in the state. As the LEH’s headquarters in New Orleans and as a vital source of cultural activity, the LHC hosts non-profits, cultural organizations, national corporations, and academic associations for meetings, receptions, and public forums that advance the LEH’s mission. The LHC is located at 938 Lafayette Street in the Central Business District of New Orleans.

The centerpiece of the LEH’s successful 5-year Capital Campaign, the LHC’s Patrick F. Taylor Auditorium hosts innovative, original programs developed by the LEH, including the popular Louisiana Cultural Vistas and 64 Parishes release parties, the Professors Piano NightsAs Told By Themselves: New Orleans Brass Bands, the New Orleans Media and New Orleans Mayors series and screenings of documentary films. Past rental clients include: the New Orleans Film Festival, Nike, the Urban Institute, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Rand Corporation, the Arts Council of New Orleans, the Tennessee Williams Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans, Orleans Parish Public Schools, the Young Leadership Council, the Bureau of Governmental Research, and Americans for the Arts.

To book your event at the LHC, contact Danice Faulkner-Edwards at 504.620.2630 or


Turners’ Hall is a historic building in the Central Business District of New Orleans. Built in 1868 by the Society of Turners, it was a German Social Hall and the site of weddings, political gatherings, gymnastics events and the like. It is an architecturally significant 30,000 square foot masonry structure with walls eighteen inches thick and 25-foot ballroom windows on the third floor.

The building was totally renovated in 1982-83 by a large health care company. During this time, they created two additional floors within the ballroom by stepping back about 20 feet from the exterior walls to create a central core of offices.

In December 2000, the LEH purchased Turners’ Hall and occupies about 30% including the entire third floor. The LEH acquired the 30,000-square-foot building and 27-space adjacent parking lot for $1.835 million. Today, the building is fully paid for.

Click here to read the article “The LEH’s home at Turners’ Hall” by Sally R. Reeves in our Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine, Summer 2001 issue.

The John T. Scott Collection

“New Orleans is the only city that I’ve been in that if you listen the sidewalks will speak to you.” —John T. Scott

John Scott was one of those rare artistic spirits who let the “sidewalks of New Orleans” speak to his soul and imagination. Through his singular art, he has left us a visual and artistic legacy that will inspire us for generations. That is why the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities has embarked on its mission to make the LEH Humanities Center a focal point for Scott’s art, for no other artist has captured the cultural spirit and complexities of New Orleans and its people as eloquently.

The collection now includes 23 works by Scott, ranging from small mixed-media sculptures to grand streetscapes, a breadth of historical and artistic meaning that truly enhances the spirit of learning and heritage in the Center.

Click here to learn more about the collection.

Video Conferencing

The LHC offers the latest in Video Conferencing technology, connecting teachers, lecturers, and businesspeople to students, scholars, and clients from across the globe. The Patrick F. Taylor Auditorium and the adjoining 30 seat board room both feature easy-to-use interfaces and camera settings to meet the needs of today’s interconnected world.