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FEMA Section 106 Notices for Louisiana
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: Jacques Couret
City: Atlanta, GA
Holy Cross/Cabrini
Comments: What's more important historically for New Orleans now -- a high school that has educated young New Orleans men since the 1870s, or some gaudy 1960s mod/NASA-looking church that even the parishioners are happy to see go?

Several generations of men in my family went to Holy Cross. I am proud to be part of the class of 1991, and seeing my alma mater forced to leave its gorgeous and beloved old campus on Dauphine Street hurt me more than any other loss in Katrina. The only solace I have is that the school has plans to continue in the city, despite the enormous obstacles.

Holy Cross and New Orleans are linked, and Holy Cross must be allowed to reopen and fulfill its mission of educating the hearts and minds of New Orleans' young men. New Orleans needs HC now more than ever, and HC needs rational people to make the right decision on this Cabrini issue. What's more important -- the ego of some Tulane architecture professor with a fetish for bad modern architecture, or allowing Holy Cross to bring hope to an area that so sorely needs it? Should we keep an ugly 40-year-old church in a city whose best architecture dates back hundreds or years, or let one of New Olreans' oldest schools continue? What do we need more -- a building, or a positive force in education?

I urge FEMA to open its eyes and understand that in an old city like New Orleans, Holy Cross is simply too precious to lose to the desires of a small group that wants to preserve a piece of ecclesiatical architecture that few regard with much esteem. Do the right thing for Holy Cross and New Orleans.