Notes from the Field: New Orleans

Posted on: December 20th, 2007 by Walter Gallas 1 Comment

An apparently-sound house on the salvage list at the owner’s request.I recently spent an afternoon in the field with FEMA historic preservation staff assessing buildings for selective salvage. This was the latest group of 37 contributing properties on the demolition list. There are still many more to come as they are presented by the city and evaluated by FEMA. Michelle Kimball of PRC, and Wilbur Walker, PRC’s warehouse manager also took a shift. While there were buildings which clearly warrant demolition, we also saw a few that we questioned—either because they appeared to be structurally sound or because they were cases of pre-Katrina blight (which means FEMA recovery funds shouldn’t be paying for their demolition).

Repaired & occupied house still on the salvage list.We also visited a house in the Gentilly Terrace neighborhood which was still on the list, even though it was repaired and occupied. I sent an email to FEMA with our challenges. The materials salvaged from these houses will go to the Preservation Resource Center warehouse for PRC and Trust projects and also for public sale.

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One Response

  1. Madeline Douglass

    December 20, 2007

    Todd Melby of the Building Minnesota weblog posted the
    above link to The New York Times article, “High Noon in New Orleans”