Looking for a building to renovate? Or searching for a plot of vacant land to build upon?

The Orleans Parish School Board may have just what you are looking for among the surplus properties it plans to auction off beginning at 10 a.m. Aug. 20 at its offices at 3520 Gen. de Gaulle Drive in Algiers.

Among the surplus school buildings being auctioned are a handful designed by the well-known local architect E.A. Christy, whose numerous designs for schools and firehouses were executed in a variety of styles.

Louis D. Armstrong Elementary School is one of them. Located at 5909 St. Claude Ave. in the Lower 9th Ward, the 40,000-square-foot property is appraised for $270,000, by far the lowest figure for any of the buildings up for sale. But it comes with a noteworthy history: The school, formerly McDonogh No. 19, was integrated in 1960 by three young African-American girls — Gail Etienne, Tessie Prevost and Leona Tate — on the same day that Ruby Bridges made her famous walk into William Frantz Elementary School on the upriver side of the Industrial Canal. The school dates to about 1929.

The architecturally flamboyant Israel Meyer Augustine Middle School at 425 S. Broad St. in Mid-City is a second Christy design (done in collaboration with Charles Colbert). Displaying Spanish Colonial Revival features and built in 1927, it offers almost 84,000 square feet of space on a plot of land measuring more than 2½ acres. It is appraised at $3.6 million.

Originally named for Samuel J. Peters, an 1840s-era businessman who championed public education in New Orleans, the school — like others on the surplus list — has been in disuse since Hurricane Katrina. But even at the appraised price, the building may not be idle long, thanks to its location a half-block from the Criminal District Court building on Tulane Avenue, near the Falstaff Brewery redevelopment and at the edge of the new biomedical district.

Jeffrey Schwartz, of the nonprofit Broad Community Connections organization, said he envisions the reborn building bringing much-needed services to the area.

Valena C. Jones Middle School at 1901 N. Galvez St. in the 7th Ward was the first public school for African-American students in that area of the city when it was founded as the Miro School about 1910 at the insistence of neighborhood leaders, organized as the Seventh Ward Educational League.

The existing Christy-designed building replaced the original structure and opened in 1929. Now valued at $1.35 million, the 64,000-square-foot building occupies a little more than 2 acres.

Two of the school’s alumni have prominent associations with the civil rights movement. Keith Plessy, a relative of Homer Plessy, of the famous Supreme Court case, Plessy v. Ferguson, that upheld “separate but equal” segregation in 1896, attended the school and said he first learned about his connection to the landmark case from his teachers at the school.

Another person who got his start at the school is Andrew Young, the former U.S. congressman, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and two-term mayor of Atlanta. Young once told The Times-Picayune that he learned diplomacy bartering over food treats with his fellow students at Jones and with kids in his 7th Ward neighborhood.

The largest property on the auction list is the Andrew J. Bell Junior High School campus at 1010 N. Galvez St. in Treme. Its six buildings stretch over 4.4 acres and encompass more than 192,000 square feet of space.

One of the most impressive buildings on the Bell site is the former St. Joseph’s Academy, built in 1904-06, with its Gothic Revival details. Another Christy-designed building at Bell is the former Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, which dates to 1913 and was folded into the Bell campus after the Orleans Parish School Board purchased St. Joseph’s in 1960. The Bell complex is appraised at $3.3 million.

Bell remains on the auction list even though the site became the object of a tug-of-war when KIPP New Orleans Schools expressed interest in moving its KIPP Believe school to the site in April. The conflict arose because the Housing Authority of New Orleans had a long-term deal to buy the campus from the School Board and then turn it over to Artspace and Providence Community Housing for redevelopment into living and work spaces for low- to moderate-income artists. But under state law, the charter school’s interest in the building would trump HANO’s.

George O. Mondy Elementary School at 2327 St. Philip St. in Treme is listed on the auction website, but Jamie Neville, of Neville Development, said he has purchased the 1928 building designed by Andry and Bendernagel and that he plans senior housing on the site.

If your taste in buildings runs to the modern instead of the historic, perhaps Henderson Elementary at 1912 L.B. Landry Ave. in Algiers might be of interest. Two of its three buildings date to 1957 and 1965. The school occupies more than 3 acres and offers about 45,000 square feet of space near the on- and off-ramps of the Crescent City Connection and the new cottage-style, single-family homes that replaced the former Fischer public housing complex. Appraised at $475,000, Henderson is one of the more affordable buildings on the list.

Vacant land offerings up for auction include 2810 Gen. Meyer Ave. (10 acres, $870,000) in Algiers; 1339 Forstall St. (1.9 acres, $160,000) in the Lower 9th Ward; 2401 St. Maurice Ave. (4.5 acres, $290,000) in the Lower 9th Ward; 2201 Dubreuil St. (1.3 acres, $90,000) in the Lower 9th Ward; and 3939 Erato St. (1.5 acres, $690,000) in Central City.

Bidders will have the opportunity to tour the properties during open houses Wednesday and Thursday.

For a detailed schedule of open houses, to review appraisal reports and to learn about bidding requirements, go to windfeelproperties.com/category/opsb-surplus-auction.