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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: Name redacted at the request of the author
City: New Orleans/Baton Rouge
St. Frances Cabrini Church
Comments: This church is nothing less than a mid-century modern, architectural gem, and by all means, must be preserved.

I grew up in the parish and attended the church throughout my childhood, and after, and to this day have never been in or seen such a fine example of mid-century modern architecture for a church. To destroy it is not only sacrilege--reference intended--it shows a distinct lack of respect for aesthetics, and history, in a city sorely in need of those things.

This church is not only a truly inspiring, beautiful house of worship, but is a testament to Modernism, an important architectural movement of the 20th century which goes on influencing so many cutting edge architects of today worldwide.

I don't know what would possess anyone to even consider destroying this church except sheer indifference to aesthetics. But then again that seems to be the order of the day in America with its predeliction for cheap strip malls and big box stores. Even here in New Orleans, which despite its status as a treasure trove of architectural wonders, has more and more soulless structures--one cannot call them "architecture"--dominating the landscape. And so it is all the more imperative to stop the destruction of St. Frances Cabrini, an aesthetically-valuable, architectural record of history in New Orleans, and in the world-at-large.

St. Frances of Cabrini did so much for the community of New Orleans, not the least of which was lending her name to a church of architectural significance. It would be the height of insensitivity to art, soul and St. Frances herself to demolish this church.

Insensitivity to art, aesthetics, and the feminine virtues which St. Frances embodied in the highest form should not be allowed to rule the day and destroy this church which is itself art, high aesthetic and the physicalization of the beauty of St. Frances.