Gary C. Meadows
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Gary C. Meadows
  • September 17, 1956 - December 21, 2017
  • New Orleans, Louisiana

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Born in New Orleans, September 17, 1956 as the middle child of James D. Meadows and Lena N. Meadows. Survived by his wife Heather Foshee Meadows and children James Gary Meadows, Elizabeth Jane Meadows and James Lee Friedman, his brothers, James Meadows and his wife Cheryl of Destrehan, and Jason Meadows of Metairie and numerous other friends and family. Gary was a devoted and loving father and husband. He was a man of honor and a true gentleman in every way, always ready to help anyone he knew. Gary had more friends than just acquaintances, especially Selim Berkol and Larry Vasek who were like brothers to him. Gary graduated from East Jefferson High School in 1974 and then worked his way through college as a painter in his family's construction business obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from Louisiana State University. In 1979 Gary went to work with Carl E. Woodward Design+Build. and then moved to Broadmoor Construction. There he served as a project architect for HRI's (now HRI Properties) first hotel development, the adaptive reuse of former historic DH Holmes Department Store into the 250 room Chateau Sonesta at Canal and Bourbon (today a Hyatt Centrix). In 1995, he went to HRI to head its architectural division where as President of HCI Architecture he grew the division into one of the largest and most prolific architecture firms in the City of New Orleans and served as Architect of Record for over 52 major projects across in the City and State. His passion was overcoming the design challenges of converting massive historic structures into apartments, market rate and affordable and hotel rooms. The design awards are too many to recite. Notable historic restoration projects in New Orleans include: American Can Apartments, Bakery Apartments, Cotton Mill Apartments, River Garden Historic Apartments, Flint Goodrich, River Garden Elderly, ByWater Art Lofts I & II, Redemptorist Apartments, Blue Plate Lofts, Rosa Keller Apartments, Hibernia Tower, and Marais Apartments; Gary who was the son of a home builder knew new construction well. In 2003, adhering to the principles of New Urbanism Gary lead the team in the design of a new mixed income neighborhood in the Lower Garden District: the conversion of the former St Thomas Public Housing Project into a mixed income neighborhood, known today as Rivergardens. Building on this experience, he later led the design of new neighborhood in the center city, formerly the Iberville Public Housing Project and today the mixed income Bienville Basin community. Gary in defining his life's work often repeated the words of Michelangelo saying his job "is to find the angel in the block of marble." Gary is now teaching the angels. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 28, 2017, with a Funeral Mass and celebration of his life to follow at 1:00 p.m., at St. Pius X Church, 6666 Spanish Fort Blvd., in New Orleans. Interment will immediately follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery. For those so desiring, memorials may be made in honor of Gary to St. Pius X Church, 6666 Spanish Fort Blvd., New Orleans, Louisiana 70124 or Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans 923 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70130.