Martin Hall ready for classes

By Meghan Henoumont


Pictured at the front door to Delgado Community College’s new H. Giles Martin Hall at ribbon-cutting ceremonies May 1, from left: Delgado Chancellor Joan Y. Davis, Nathan Martin (great-grandson of H. Giles Martin), Darlene Martin (wife of Malcolm Martin), and Malcolm Martin (grandson of H. Giles Martin). The Martins reside in the Lakeview area of New Orleans.


A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for H. Giles Martin Hall on Friday, May 1, at 10 a.m. at the Delgado Community College City Park Campus, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans.

The new 14,438-square-foot, two-story building houses Delgado’s digital media, small business and entrepreneurship programs. The $4.7 million project is funded by state bonds authorized through Act 391 during the 2007 Legislative Session.

“Opening a state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory building like this one, H. Giles Martin Hall, is a landmark event in the 94-year history of our college,” said Delgado chancellor Joan Y. Davis. “The State of Louisiana is very generous in providing the funds to build it. We are excited to begin offering an array of educational programs inside this beautiful facility designed to enhance 21st-century careers.”

H. Giles Martin was Delgado’s first director and its longest, serving from 1920 until 1954. The new building named in his honor overlooks the landmark Isaac Delgado Hall, building 1, which was erected in 1920-21 and named after the college’s founder. The proximity of the two buildings is symbolic of Martin’s overseeing Isaac Delgado Hall’s construction and the college’s formative years.

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