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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: Julie Ford, Intern Architect
City: New Orleans, LA
Specific
property
affected:
Cabrini Church
Comments: Cabrini church should not be torn down. Curtis and Davis are the most significant modern architects to come out of New Orleans. Simply because the average person does not feel their style of modern architecture is preferable does not mean it is not architecturally significant. Everybody knows Frank Lloyd Wright--before preservation took hold many of his buildings (some of his best) were torn down without a thought. The works of Curtis and Davis are very important to modern architecture in this entire region. Would you think we should tear down historical buildings in the French Quarter because it's easier to build new ones? Of course it's easier, but it's not right. If we apply this reasoning to Cabrini Church, a terrifying precedent will be created--one that says we should tear down architecturally significant buildings and replace them with new ones, simply because we can. Picture all of the beautiful historical houses on St. Charles Avenue replaced with identical cookie cutter builder homes. Maybe the people who owned these mansions decided they were too old, too difficult to heat and cool. Maybe they thought it would be easier to just tear them down and build new houses instead of repair old plumbing and fix old leaks. Imagine the implications this would have, especially in New Orleans. Works of modern architecture can be HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT, regardless of what the average person thinks. Those of us who have been educated in architecture know that it does not matter what year a building was built, what matters is its architectural features and beauty. Cabrini Church is architecturally important, and it is worth the extra trouble to save it.