Blue Plate Artist Lofts, New Orleans, La.

For decades, the Blue Plate Fine Foods condiment company operated out of a 1941 Art Moderne-style building in New Orleans. Designed by famed local architect August Perez, it was the first building in the city constructed in that style. The sleek structure is famous for its distinctive smooth, all-white exterior, rounded glass-block corners and the iconic Blue Plate rooftop sign. Expanded in 1948, the building was named for the Chinese Blue Willow china plate pattern. A medallion is located at the right of the building's entrance, commemorating the pattern and building name.

Hurricane Katrina shuttered the company’s operations, leaving the structure vacant and vulnerable to demolition. Thanks to the federal historic tax credit, the plant, now known as Blue Plate Artist Lofts, features 72 stylish loft apartments, studio/gallery space for art exhibits, a music rehearsal room and other amenities. A well-known local sculptor, teacher and artist is creating works for the complex from materials scavenged from the old plant.

The Blue Plate building is listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks and is located in a designated Louisiana Cultural District