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||New Orleans, Louisiana
||FEMA should not fund the removal of the church.
For the record, historically or stylistically significant buildings did not end one hundred years ago. There is no exact date for such an event and it is incorrect to assume that history has ended. The church is a significant architectural building and quite impressive and sublime. I live here so I do not have to attend services there to know this (nor do I have to attend Holy Cross to know its virtues).
The idea that people who use or own the building are the only ones who have a say as to what is on the property is wrong. It ignores preservation (good) as well as covenants and zoning. The Quarter would be turned into faux-historic garbage very quickly taking such a precedence to heart. Luckily, we are moving away from such an expedient and fickle treatment of historic city structure.
In response to the comment about tearing down the Rivergate (also by Curtis and Davis), we should note that there was no FEMA Funding for that project and I do not believe there was any federal funding. Also note that the Rivergate was a very important building and its loss to the architectural legacy of the city immense. However, it did not and should not have received funding. FEMA should not fund tearing down the church and Holy Cross should not tear down the church. If they do, they should not receive special funding to deprive us of our heritage.