“Some Of The Negro Night Clubs Are Patterned After Those Of Harlem…”
So goes the description of Club Desire-which still sits at the corner of Desire and Law-in the 1952 Federal Writers’ Project New Orleans City Guide.
The description finishes with: “… while others are no different than those patronized and operated by white people. Usually the music is ‘red hot’….”
Club Desire sits right up the street from our house in the Upper 9th and we have even photographed it over the years without knowing the rich history of the old building.
We just thought it looked cool.
But after a morning article in the Advocate we quickly realized that there is a gem in our midst, and it is in grave danger of being demolished.
Stephanie Bruno breaks it down in the front page feature outlining how two agencies, the Department of Code Enforcement and the Neighborhood Conservation District Advisory Committee have submitted a request for demolition of Club Desire to New Orleans City Council. FEMA could provide the necessary funds for the destruction of the historic structure.
A who’s who of musicians performed at this venue: Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew, Memphis Slim, Count Basie, Herb Hardesty et al.