It was nearly two years ago when we were first introduced to Mildred Bennett and her pink shotgun house on Dauphine Street in New Orleans’ Holy Cross neighborhood. Last Friday, Kevin Mercadel (the National Trust's field office program officer) and I met at the Bennett house for another walk-through of the house with the general contractor and Mrs. Bennett’s granddaughter, who has been steadfastly pushing this project to completion. With the construction materials removed from the rooms, the floors cleaned, and the ceiling fans operating in every room, the place began to feel like a someone’s home again. We have had many failed predictions in the past, but I am happy to report that Mrs. Bennett’s homecoming happened today.
Welcome home, Mrs. Bennett.
Walter Gallas is director of the New Orleans Field Office.
(Updated to replace photo.)