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Comment on "Public Notice Regarding Section 106 and NEPA Review of the City of New Orleans’ Proposal to Demolish the Sexton Cottages/Maintenance Buildings at Holt Cemetery, Lafayette No. 1 Cemetery, Lafayette No. 2 Cemetery, and Carrollton No. 1 Cemetery, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA - Seeking Public Comment

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Name: Heather Knight
City: New Orleans, LA
Sexton Cottages at Holt Cemetery, Lafayette Cemeteries No. 1 and 2
Comments: It would be a travesty to demolish the historic sexton cottages at Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 and 2 and Holt Cemetery. The cottages at Lafayette No. 1 and 2 are structurally sound. It is unfortunate that the blue tarp at the sexton cottage at Lafayette No. 1 was not replaced in August 2009, when it blew away in a storm. That tarp survived 4 years after Katrina and kept rain from entering. Many can testify to this as the sexton cottage was used to store conservation materials for the Preservation Trades Network Field School in 2006, the University of Florida Field School in 2008 and the Tulane Field School in 2009 in conjunction with Save Our Cemeteries. If you demolish the historic sexton cottage, you will eliminate volunteer and university conservation programs, because there will be no on-site facility to store materials. Also, it is worth noting that the sexton cottage still serves a purpose similar to its original intent. I strongly disagree with the proposal to demolish the sexton cottage at Lafayette No. 1 and transfer its function to an undisclosed off-site location. This will hinder all future preservation, conservation, and maintenance efforts. It would also impede interment preparations. This is a cemetery with "active" burials. The Craftsman style building, circa 1940, could be rented to movie crews when filming in Lafayette No. 1 and generate revenue for the city. The building could be donated to a local non-profit with interest in preservation efforts in the cemetery, if the city has no interest in preserving the structure or maintaining it.

The Sexton Cottage at Lafayette No. 2 is architecturally significant. It has many of its original exterior details and contributes to the cemeteryscape of Lafayette No. 2 and the streetscape of the surrounding neighborhood. To demolish it and replace with the box the city is currently proposing, would not be true to the Section 106 process. The current proposal is not like, kind and quality and it will cost more to replicate a true like, kind and quality sexton cottage than to rehabilitate the structure. Also, in an effort to revitalize our economy with film industry tax credits, we should be focused more on saving the true patina of our city and not introducing mediocre design at best. Thanks kindly for your consideration of community comments. I hope that the community will have another opportunity to offer expertise and insight on these proposals. I'm certain more citizens would comment, if the period of review was extended.