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Comment on "Public Notice Regarding Historic Review of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church, 5500 Paris Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana with linked PDF attachments "
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Name: Frances Curtis
City: New Orleans, LA
5500 Paris Ave, 70122
Comments: The Friends of St. Frances Cabrini has consistently supported and welcomed Holy Cross School to locate their new campus on the 18-20 acre site that it has chosen. The only thing we have ever asked is that the church maintain its present location on the 1 1/2 acres it has occupied for the past 44 years. Just to demolish the church has an estimated price tag of approximately $700,000. Does it make any sense to replace it with a smaller, more modest generic church which at today's prices would literally go through the roof? SFC is not only an expensive structure to demolish because of its tremendous strength, but a unique and irreplaceable work of art, one of very few extant buildings of thin-shelled concrete by the masterful structural engineer, John Skilling of Seattle, WA. and my architect husband, Nathaniel Curtis. (aside to Ryan Lee: the architect is unable to "step up" as you say and provide the funds to rebuild because he is dead, but perhaps the cost of demolishing it could be used instead to repair the damage inflicted by HC/ADNO i.e. the bulldozing of the valuable solid Honduras mahogany pews, no stranger to water and not available at any price today, the wanton destruction of the exquisite stained glass and the damage to the marble altar and baptismal font to name a few.)
There is not the time, energy nor space to refute and correct the many misstatements and misunderstandings that have been expressed on this comment site, but they are legion. It is my hope and prayer that we, with God's help, will be able to come to an amicable agreement that satisfies everyone. Amen!