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FEMA Section 106 Notices for Louisiana
Comment on "Public Notice Regarding Historic Review of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church, 5500 Paris Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana with linked PDF attachments "
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Name: Tom Henehan
City: not provided
Specific
property
affected:
St Francis Xavier Cabrini (former) Church
Comments: The argument for holding up demolition of this structure seems to me to be one man's ego trip, and I am throroughly dismayed that FEMA is delaying the revitalization of an entire neighborhood in order to indulge this single well-connected individual.

If Mr. Big-Shot Architecture Professor was truly a "concerned parishioner," why did he wait until the last minute to start his campaign of disruption? The answer is that he has no interest in the local community, was not paying attention during the long public process of Holy Cross School's dewcision to relocate, and then had his feelings hurt when he belatedly realized that a project on which he worked as a young architect was scheduled for the wrecking ball. Please stop humoring this fool at the expense of an entire community!

I understand that artifacts of recent history can be just as "historical" as older things, but the Cabrini church building was never a successful piece of architecture in the first place, and therefore any "value" it might offer is severly compromised. The roofline, or whatever, may well be a nice aesthetic design achievement, but the building as a whole was an engineering failure from day one. That "beautiful" roof has always leaked, and the structure was always a financial liability for the parish and the archdiocese. PLEASE allow us to rebuild Gentilly, by releasing this demoilition/construction effort from your bureaucratic holdup.