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||New Orleans, La.
|St Francis Cabrini
||It is a life [the education of children] or death decision[maintaining a defunct structure, in every sense of the word]. As a resident of NO for many years, whose family came here in the 1800s, I have a respect for tradition and architecture, but not at the expense of a decent lifestyle. We need to keep, use, and preserve as many historic buildings as possible, but this building is not representative of an era of buildings in this city. It is a stand alone modern design. Does that make it worthy of great saving efforts? Let's keep it all in perspective.
Holy Cross needs a school and a decent place for it. The owners of the building should not be hampered by the expense of space and money to maintain a building that, if it were a piece of furniture, could not be classified as antique.
The building's amount of damage far exceeds its value as architecture, the history of architecture, and the viability of the community.
Tear the building down.