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City of New Orleans prevents demolition of historic church

August 04, 2009

The Neighborhood Conservation District Committee of the City of New Orleans, which reviews demolition applications, has unanimously denied an archdiocesan request to raze a parish built in 1844. The church, rectory, and parish hall “are not only buildings, nor are they in imminent danger of collapse,” said a parishioner who led unsuccessful efforts to prevent the parish’s 2001 closing. “These three buildings represent history, the history of a people.” An archdiocesan official countered that vandalism and squatters had made demolition a prudent course of action.


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