Michoud Assembly Facility, 13800 Old Gentilly Road, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA
Significance: The significance of the Michoud Assembly Complex lies in its architectural heritage, as a structure designed by Albert Kahn, Architects and Engineers, Inc., the foremost factory architectural firm of the twentieth century.
Second, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) used the Michoud Complex to manufacture the S-1C booster stage of the Saturn V rocket, and to manufacture the S-1B booster stage of the Saturn I rocket during the Apollo program. NASA employed the Michoud Assembly Facility as an element in an integrated system to engineer, manufacture, and operate spacecraft. The manufacturing facility was later used to manufacture the External Tank of Space Transportation System (the Space Shuttle). With the retirement of the orbiters and the end of the Space Transportation System, the facilities at Michoud are again being retooled for the manufacturing of the core stage of the Space Launch System booster and the Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N1491
Survey number: HAER LA-24
Building/structure dates: after 1940 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: after 1961 Subsequent Work