Hollywood leading man Brad Pitt's Make It Right organization has sued New Orleans architect John C. Williams in Civil District Court for defective design work that led to leaks and other flaws in the experimental homes, dating back to 2009. Make It Right claims it paid Williams $4 million as the avant-garde project's architect of record, who oversaw the construction of the 106 ecologically conscious, eye-catching designs.
According to the lawsuit, filed by attorney Victor J. Franckiewicz, Jr., repairing the damage caused by rain and humidity could run Make It Right $20 million.
Starting in 2006, Pitt used his celebrity clout to establish a charity that replaced houses destroyed by the catastrophic flooding that accompanied Hurricane Katrina at affordable prices tailored to displaced residents. The endeavor, which used house plans by architectural superstars such as Shigeru Ban, Thom Mayne and Frank Gehry, was certainly one of the most audacious post-K recovery projects.
Ground was broken on the Make It Right in 2008. By 2015, the development had cost over $26 million. Construction discontinued by early 2016.
In recent years Make It Right adopted a policy of not responding to questions from the press and conducting scant communication with home owners. Pitt had not spoken publicly about Make it Right since the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in 2015. So the state of the nonprofit company was mostly a mystery.