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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: Suzanne C Malochee
City: Tickfaw, LA, formerly New Orleans
St Frances X Cabrini Church, Paris Avenue & Crescent Street, NOLA 70122
Comments: I grew up in that parish and have always found the "rocket ship" very sterile on many levels. It was cold, boxy, big, leaky, accoustically uneven, just distractingly strange! It is not an archetectural jem, but an albatross that will drag the once wonderful surrounding neighborhood, my childhood neighborhood, into annihilation. If the building is saved and Holy Cross does not build on the site, who will return and from where and when and will they have children and/or money and/or time and energy to invest in maintaining that monstrous shell. What should be a symbol of the highest and best meaning of "catholic," i.e., universal and inclusive (of all), will be the actual means of the MOST anti-Catholic divisiveness upon the community and flock. It will be the great disperser!

By the way, how did such a vacuously ecclectic horror EVER make it to the possibly historic landmarks list? Prejudicial sentiment, obviously, not rational objectivity. Save the spire for a shrine, if you must, but the heart of the Church and the building are in one's own heart and not in bricks, crumbling mortar or a flailing conical roof. The Church is the people - forget that and what do you have left anyway???