Notes from New Orleans: A Visit to Lafitte

Posted on: March 7th, 2008 by Walter Gallas

 

I walked around the this past Sunday morning. The 196 units in 18 buildings at the end closest to I-10/Claiborne appear to be under basic renovation. The metal screens are being removed from the doors and windows and even on Sunday I saw men working inside some of the units. These are the units which the City Council and the Mayor called for opening as interim units.

Lafitte housing development, March 2008.

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Lincoln's Hometown May Lose Lincoln-Era House

Posted on: March 4th, 2008 by Margaret Foster 1 Comment

 

Maisenbacher HouseA hospital in Abraham Lincoln's hometown of Springfield, Ill., plans to expand, and preservationists want to make sure those plans don't include the loss of a Lincoln-era house.

Built in the 1850s, the brick Italianate structure known as the Maisenbacher House was empty when the Springfield Clinic purchased it for $190,000 last September, planning to tear it down for a parking lot.

"All the trees have been cut down around it. It's been boarded up, some shutters have been removed, so it's looking pretty beleaguered," says Dick Hart, a member of a local preservation foundation.... Read More →

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Good News, Historic Homeowners…

Posted on: March 4th, 2008 by Patrice Frey 1 Comment

 

"The greenest home...may be the one you live in now, given the cost in dollars and pollution of ripping out old materials and producing and shipping new ones." 

Check out a good piece in the Wall Street Journal from Friday.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120424591916201491.html?mod=djemPJ

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Lost: Iowa School

Posted on: February 28th, 2008 by Margaret Foster

 

East Side School, Decorah, IowaThe loss of a majestic 112-year-old school last month has divided a northeastern Iowa town.

"A lot of people are still feeling really hurt here in town," says Jack Hedstrom, chair of the East Side School Development Committee, which fought for years to save the East Side School in Decorah, Iowa. "I wait for the day when people start understanding what they did. I'm sure that day will come."

In a September referendum, 4,000 residents in the town of 8,100 voted on the issue, and 57 percent chose not to lease the Romanesque revival building to Hedstrom's group, which had raised millions for its restoration.

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Notes from New Orleans: Public Housing Demolitions Begin

Posted on: February 27th, 2008 by Walter Gallas 3 Comments

 

The St. Bernard housing development.

The demolitions have begun in earnest at three of the four public housing developments—at a pace that seems designed to get these buildings out of sight and out of mind as quickly as possible. I visited a week ago and the buildings were being prepared to come down. The last belongings of residents along with major appliances and water heaters were strewn in the courtyards. Roofing shingles were removed down and the wooden decking is exposed. Windows were being punched out with an extended fork-lift like device. At C.J. Peete, a number of buildings are already gone and the work is moving along throughout the site at a brisk pace. At B. W. Cooper, work is concentrated on the 1950s era buildings. None of the historic buildings have been touched.... Read More →

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