A historical landmark in the birthplace of jazz was no match for Hurricane Ida.
Known as the “second home” of jazz legend Louis Armstrong, the Karnofsky Tailor Shop was found among the rubble of New Orleans after the storm ravaged the area on Sunday.
The storefront was over a century old and opened in 1913 with a residence at the top for the company’s namesake: the Karnofsky family. Armstrong moved in with the Jewish immigrant family at a young age, and the family employed him as well.
The Karnofsky family may also have helped the jazz legend launch his musical career. They loaned Armstrong the money he would later use to buy his first cone, according to the National Park Service.
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The store, a piece of New Orleans’ rich jazz history and an entry on the National Register of Historic Places, is now in ruins after the mighty hurricane.
The site was later home to the city’s first record store to sell jazz albums when Karnofsky’s son and Armstrong’s childhood friend Morris Karnofsky opened “Morris Music” at the location. It has become a meeting place for musicians like Armstrong and others.
Karnofsky Tailor Shop’s neighbor, Little Gem Saloon, was also significantly damaged by the storm.
Both sites were a historically rich area for New Orleans’ long jazz history.
“There is probably no other block in America with buildings of such significance to the history of our country’s great art form, jazz,” said John Hasse, curator of American music at the Smithsonian Institution, at NOLA.com in a 2011 article.
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The damage to New Orleans’ jazz monuments is just one part of Ida’s widespread fallout in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi.
Broken trees, overturned trucks, submerged cars and flooded streets are just a few of the scenes that emerged on Monday as daylight revealed Ida’s destruction.
Ida is tied for the fifth strongest hurricane to hit the American continent and has struck 16 years to the day after deadly Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
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