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FEMA Section 106 Notices for Louisiana
Comments on "Public Notice Regarding Section 106 Review of State of Louisiana, LA Department of Education/Recovery School District (RSD) Proposal to Demolish the Thomy Lafon Elementary School, 2601 Seventh Street, New Orleans, LA - Seeking Public Comment"
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Date of Comment Comment Name
City, State
9/30/2009 Given what we have seen of buildings left open and un-protected since Hurricane Katrina, it is a huge consideration as to whether a building is truly able to be rehabbed vs. demolition, particularly with buildings constructed when asbestos and lead p...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
9/30/2009 Mid Century Modern buildings such as the Lafon School are reaching age that they may be eligible for listing on the National Register. Alternatives to demolition should be explored for this building including listing on the National Register which wo...     read more Paul Hohamnn
St. Louis, Missouri 
9/30/2009 Thomy Lafon (1810-1893) was a Creole business man, philanthropist and human rights activist in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He was born poor, but was a free person of color. He started out selling cakes to workers, opened a small store, was a school ...     read more Dr Barbara Holloway
New Orleans, LA 
9/30/2009 Hi I am a student of Tulane University School of Architecture, and I am completely appalled that the thought of these mid-century schools are even being considered to be torn down. The movement behind green/sustainable architecture is so prevalent t...     read more Lauren Goetz
New Orleans, Lousianna 
9/30/2009 Let's get real. Demolish a unique mid-century structure that is clearly ripe for rehabilitation for NOTHING? Such short-sighted actions do not reflect a forward-thinking city, but rather a second-rate town in the throes of desperation. What kind o...     read more Jeff Vines
St. Louis 
9/30/2009 I believe that the Lafon buildings should be demolished for a host of reasons, but primarily because there is no viable proposed future use for any of the buildings by any organization, developer or school system. Forgoing demolition at this point c...     read more Esther Shin
St. Louis, MO 
9/30/2009 Reuse this impressive mid-century modern structure. Its incredible design needs to be preserved to inspire future generations as art studios, a community center, anything. Don't replace it with empty green space, that is the worst possible outcome fo...     read more James Weber, Jr.
New Orleans, LA 
9/30/2009 Please! Consider the opportunity for redevelopment before demolishing these structures! Ashley Winchell
New Orleans, LA 
9/30/2009 Please demolish this eyesore and blight. It is beyond repair and serves no purpose. Mickal McKenna
New Orleans, LA 
9/30/2009 This work of modern architecture is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The proposed replacement is green space for future development. Hence, the choice to demolish is one between retaining an existing building of d...     read more Michael R. Allen
St. Louis, Missouri 
9/30/2009 I grew up and my mother has always lived in the neighborhood called Cenral City where Thomy Lafon is located. In fact my mother is 86 years old, she attended Thomy Lafon school when she was a child. The site has great significance, however the orig...     read more H.M.K. Amen
New Orleans, LA 
9/30/2009 The federal government's policies are moving towards sustainability, and that means renovation and reuse. Save this example of classic modern architecture, and give the neighborhood a historic building to enjoy for decades to come. Lynn Josse
Saint Louis, Missouri 
9/30/2009 Thank you for the opportunity to express my wholehearted support for the PRESERVATION of Phyllis Wheatley and Thomy Lafon Schools in New Orleans. (In the interests of disclosure and clarity, I am posting the same text for both Wheatley and Lafon Sch...     read more Brad Brooks
New Orleans 
9/30/2009 This request brings to mind the failed urban renewal experiments of the 1960's. The current condition of this building is largely a result of the School District's lack of maintenance. Demolition as a solution to blight only temporarily removes the...     read more C. Elliott Perkins
New Orleans, LA 
9/30/2009 I oppose the demolition of both the Thomy Lafon and Phillis Wheatley Elementary Schools.

These structures can both be reused and renewed = sustainability. The buildings did not flood. Their rehabilitation would save the city money and re...     read more
Jessica Tippens
Portland, OR 
9/30/2009 I am in full support of the demolition of the blighted Thomy Lafon School buildings that surrounds the redeveloped site. Marketing the property as a mixed income site would be more difficult with an abandoned school in the middle of the site. Teari...     read more Aaron Swain
St. Louis Missouri 
9/30/2009 I am support of the complete demolition of the Lafon school site. With the new Harmony Oaks development going up around it, I'm afraid that the site will remain vacant for years to come as any redevelopment plans fail to get funded or simply held up ...     read more Avram Penner
New Orleans, LA 
9/30/2009
Any one seeing this decrepit school building will recognize that it is not appropriate for it to be located in this brand new, beautiful development. It represents all the neglect of children and property that the Orleans Parish School Board wa...     read more
Joseph Landrieu
 
9/30/2009 I completely oppose the demolition of Thomy Lafon Elementary. The proposal to raze this incredible piece of mid-century modern architecture for GREEN SPACE encapsulates all of the short-sightedness and lack of vision which have degraded our historic ...     read more Lindsey Derrington
New Orleans, LA 
9/30/2009 Curtis and Davis's Thomy Lafon Elementary (1954) is nationally recognized mid-century modern structures, representing the very best in progressive school design. Since a school use is not needed at this site, the creation of a community arts center b...     read more wayne troyer
New Orleans, louisiana 
9/30/2009 I think this should be demolished from a safety perspective. Safety is paramount these days. Daniel
 
9/30/2009 Robert Kelley's 1954 photographs for Life Magazine document just how miserable life in this school was: crowds of smiling black children proudly posing in the school's courtyard, students rapt by their teacher's lesson and showered in light from both...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
9/30/2009 As has been proven by the reports ordered by the Orleans Parish School board, it would be cheaper and faster to renovate the Thomy Lafon School than it would be to tear it down and build anew. However, since this site has not been identified as a si...     read more Toni DiMaggio
New Orleans, LA 
9/30/2009 I am support of the complete demolition of the Lafon school site. With the new Harmony Oaks development going up around it, I'm afraid that the site will remain vacant for years to come as any redevelopment plans fail to get funded or simply held up ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
9/30/2009 I am support of the complete demolition of the Lafon school site. With the new Harmony Oaks development going up around it, I'm afraid that the site will remain vacant for years to come as any redevelopment plans fail to get funded or simply held up ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
9/30/2009 The Lafon building carries with it virtually no benefit to current efforts to revitalize an area of New Orleans in need of dramatic improvement. As it stands, a number of business enterprises, community organizations, and active citizens have galvani...     read more Nabil Baddour
New Orleans, LA 
9/30/2009 I strongly urge you to proceed with the demolition of the Tommy Lafon School. The school is useless as it is and the site can be a valuble area for much needed green space in the rebuilding of the CJ Peete complex. Brucie Rafferty
New Orleans LA 
9/30/2009 I support demolishing the Lafon School. The vacant buildings represent a safety and blight concern for families moving into the new Harmony Oaks. If not demolished, these buildings will languish unused for years. There are many better uses of the sc...     read more Amber Seely
New Orleans, LA 
9/30/2009 The Lafon school will not be reopened as a school, and has no other functional use. It is an unsightly and dangerous attractive nuissance for the young children moving into the beautiful new Harmony Oaks development. It needs to go. Jonathan Goldstein
St. Louis 
9/30/2009 This building, like many of our abandoned public buildings in New Orleans, is a blight on the revitilization of Central City. Not to demolish it is a slap n the face of this community. Please expidite the demolition process. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, Louisiana 
9/30/2009 I SUPPORT THE DEMOLITION OF THESE BUILDINGS FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
1) The schools master plan has determined that Lafon will not be reopened as a school, and no other purpose has been designated;

2) the Woodson school buildings are...     read more
Ben Harwood
New Orleans, LA 
9/30/2009 I am in complete support of demolishing the existing Lafon school site. It makes no sense to retain the site in its current (damaged) condition and renovating the buildings, especially since the master plan does not include reopening the school. Wi...     read more Kerwin Julien, PE
New Orleans, LA 
9/30/2009 Please expedite the demolition of Thomy Lafon. This building will not be reopened as a school according to the master plan and is not well-equipped to serve any other purpose. A brand new school will be built at the Woodson site. A vacant building...     read more David
New Orleans 
9/30/2009 I'm in support of the demolition of the Thomy Lafon school. Money will be better spent on the children instead of up keeping an old building. I haven't seen an example of an old school that was retrofitted for another purpose in New Orleans. Do we...     read more Zella May
New Orleans 
9/30/2009 For health, safety, social and economic reasons use the space for the community and demolish Lafon. New Orleans architecture is brilliant but without a plan, without money, a structure sits. Increasingly the empty structure not only affects the hea...     read more Lil Johnson
New Orleans, LA 
9/30/2009 I am in support of the proposed demolition of these buildings. The entire development will only be enhanced and more prone to success with the demolition of the structures and the brand new elementary school that will be built in its stead to serve f...     read more Tara Hernandez
New Orleans, Louisiana 
9/30/2009 The building should go. The question is, do we value the documented history of that school site, or do we value a building? Do we remember a man named Lafon who long ago built a school house for black children that was burned down by "an angry whit...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, Louisiana 
9/30/2009 This building has been radically modified since its original construction and should not be preserved in any false homage to modernist architecture. It is currently blighting the middle of mixed income redevelopment and will be an eyesore and an imp...     read more Una Anderson
New Orleans, LA 
9/30/2009 Why is it that this City recognizes historic value in buildings made of brick and adorned with iron, but can't see the value in salvaging our more recent historic architectecture? Our modern architecture is worthy of praise on a national level and ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
9/30/2009 I am continually floored that the RSD wants to demolish the Wheatley and Lafon schools which DID NOT FLOOD! Eighty percent of the city was under water - and yet these elementary schools were high and dry. In addition, in the case of Lafon the RSD has...     read more Francine Stock
New Orleans, LA 
9/30/2009 I strongly disagree with the RSD's proposal to demolish the Thomy Lafon School. The school building had an inspired and environmentally-friendly design from Day 1, but chronic neglect has turned the building into an eyesore. Do not mistake the comm...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
9/29/2009 The current architectural discourse among many design professionals in New Orleans, the United States, and the world is centered on the long term goals of sustainability and mitigation issues. Thomy Lafon Elementary School is a prime example of how t...     read more Jesse Stephenson
New Orleans, LA 
9/29/2009 Please preserve this building. The bottom line should not always be the last word. Peter Leaf
New Orleans, LA 
9/29/2009 Again, I am against the tear down this elementary school... it is in perfect shape for a renovation and a face lift. Let's keep it green by avoiding putting even more history in our land fills and use these well built buildings for the future. Bethany Lemanski
New Orleans, LA  
9/29/2009 There are way too many buildings being knocked down when it is much faster to renovate an existing building. There are some exceptions, but Wheatley & Lafon are definitely not one of them. Christian Generes
New Orleans, LA 
9/29/2009 Please understand that the demolition of mid century buildings in the New Orleans area has been taking place at an alarming rate due to most people's view that they are not "historic" becuase they are not old enough. Progress is not made by wiping o...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Covington, LA 
9/29/2009 It is a tragedy that the RSD is intent on demolishing all the great mid century modern buildings designed by preeminent architects. Do not destroy this architecture. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
9/29/2009 I'm writing the same here as I did about the Wheatley School, because they are both unique structures and both need to be brought back into service for the education of the children of New Orleans. These are stellar structures, smart and well-consid...     read more Steven Ward
Louisville KY 
9/29/2009 Demolition of the Thomy Lafon buildings is crucial. 460 new residences are currently under construction around the Thomy Lafon site. As there are no public or private resources available to rehab the school and RSD will not open a school on the sit...     read more Yusef Freeman
 
9/29/2009 the building is worthless and a danger and detraction from the beautiful c.J, Peete rebuilding. Please approve the demolition as soon as possible.
Thank you.
Phyllis Landrieu
New Orleans Louiaiana 
9/29/2009 I'm a product of the Thomy Lafon School. I lived in C. J. Peete until Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Yes, there will be many memories of Thomy Lafon School. I'm in support fo the demolition of Thomy Lafon. Why? Carter G. Woodson school buildings a...     read more Debbie Holmes
New Orleans 
9/29/2009 Thomy Lafon is an amazing icon and contribution to the New Orleans Public Schools. Demolishing Thomy Lafon would remove an historic, existing structure that defines and era and it would be a travesty. It would go against all designs that are incorp...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
9/28/2009 This building needs to be torn down and new structure needs to be built on this site. The building is beyond rehabilitation and renovation of this obsolete, ineffecient money pit does a disservice to our children. The only people who stand to gain...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
9/27/2009 Another case of rushing to demolish an inspired cultural treasure. This is very short-sighted and detrimental to the recovery of this city. Structures like this were designed with foresight and knowledge of the environment. Any replacement facility w...     read more David Wright
New Orleans, LA 
9/25/2009 Please consider the preservation of Lafon School so that future generations who have a better appreciation of our more recent architecture won't be disappointed in us now Michael Rouchell
New Orleans, LA 
9/25/2009 I would like to discourage the demolition of Thomy Lafon Elementary School. I hope that the course of action will include renovation and amelioration but exclude demolition. Not only does the building represent regional Modernism of New Orleans and...     read more William Tyler Sandlass
New Orleans, Louisiana 
9/23/2009 Destruction of the Thomy Lafon Elementary school, a building perfectly built in the design of living with flooding in the natural environment of New Orleans is highly short sighted and incredibly wasteful.

This building is the model of what...     read more
APH Jordan
New Orleans, Louisiana 
9/21/2009 it figures that a mediocre school board wants to erase any evidence of a smart and progressive school board that planned buildings with a social and environmental conscience.
i find it depressing that our officials cannot spot a jewel when it is ...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
new orleans, louisiana 
9/21/2009 I am dismayed that the Recovery School District (RSD) has consistently sought rejuvenation through demolition and waste rather than seeking environmentally and socially responsible solutions.

When New Orleans architects Charles Colbert, Bu...     read more
Keli Rylance
New Orleans, LA