St. Paul Catholic Church may get a second chance...
To: Father Joey F. Angeles, Pastor and
The Board of Prompt Succor Pastoral and Finance Council
The Foundation for Historical Louisiana has recently become aware that
a bid has been placed for the demolition of St. Paul Catholic Church in
Bayou Goula. We understand that the church was damaged in Hurricane
Gustav and that Our Lady of Prompt Succor cannot afford the needed
repairs and maintenance of the structure; however, demolition should
not be the option. It would be a travesty to lose such an important
piece of local architectural and cultural heritage. We are dismayed to
hear that such a beautiful and significant landmark along the great
River Road is in grave peril. The offer of $10,000 to demolish should
Last night the Foundation's Board of Directors met for its regular
monthly meeting. One of the issues discussed was St. Paul's Catholic
Church. The Board passed a resolution in support of the request of the
Friends of St. Paul's Church for a 60 day extension of the Board's
decision on the demolition bid for St. Paul's. Solutions can be found
in this time.
We understand that in return for the time to raise funds and resources
to preserve the church persons are offering to cover the roof and move
the salvageable wood from the steeple inside the church, as well as
remove debris from the site. We support their intentions to restore
the church and return it to use. The Foundation for Historical
Louisiana Board and its volunteers will aid in the protection,
restoration, and preservation of St. Paul’s church in any way possible.
St. Paul’s Church is a cherished landmark. It is a place that matters
greatly to the community. Please be wise and prudent in your current
stewardship of this sacred place and know that we are here to assist
The Foundation for Historical Louisiana
Carolyn Bennett, Executive Director
Erin Brush, Field Representative
Date Added: 11/8/2009
House Concurrent Resolution 89 - “Big Charity” Hospital in New Orleans
The Foundation for Historical Louisiana (FHL), at the direction of the Louisiana State Legislature, and
in cooperation with the Office of Facility Planning and Control of the Louisiana State Division of
Administration, the Louisiana Recovery Authority, the Louisiana State University Health Science Center, and
the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors is soliciting expressions of interest and statements of
qualifications for the professional architectural and engineering services that will be required for the
preparation of an Existing Conditions and Facilities Assessment Report on the “Big Charity”
Hospital building at 1532 Tulane Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The Louisiana State Legislature’s House Concurrent Resolution No. 89 (HCR 89, see Appendix), passed in
the regular session of 2006, authorized the FHL to assemble an independent group to “. . . assess the
condition of the facility and evaluate its potential uses as a location from which medical services may be
offered to the population of the Greater New Orleans area . . . .” on an interim basis as set out in this RFQ.
Ownership and care of Charity Hospital lies with the LSU System and the State Division of Administration.
Both are named in HCR 89 to work with FHL in carrying out this charge.
This study, although directed by HCR 89, is being done voluntarily and on the initiative of the Foundation for
Historical Louisiana with its funding derived from private sources.
Local Preservation Alert: Huey P. Long Pool
The Huey P. Long Fieldhouse’s Pool facility has been closed for the past 7 years. It has fallen into dismal disrepair, and it is disappointing to see this unique building not only be shut off from today’s student-body, but be allowed to completely decay before our eyes! This building is in need of repair as is evident by the photographs on this site. The memories of this once unique and great facility have been relegated to a small tree growing where the bulkhead once hung.
At this point in time, nothing is in the works with the University to take care of the HPL pool facility. Would you partner with the LSU swim team and help start a campaign to restore the Huey P. Long pool? Let’s honor the proud traditions and memories that began with this original LSU building by donating today towards the Pool’s renovation and restoration through the Tiger Stripes Aquatic Fund.
Thank you in advance for your concern and support.
Official Save Huey P. Long Fieldhouse's Pool web site
Sign the Petition!!!
Progress Report 11-17-2008
Press Release and update 4-15-2009
Advocate Follow-up Story 4-21-2009
Local Preservation Alert: BRHS
BR School Board is considering
tearing down BRHS
and building a new school on the site. There is a petition
against this action and you all can get it at www.franks.org/petition.pdf.
This is another example of BR doing away with it old and replacing it with
new. Remember the Paramount Theatre! Please sign the petition and get other
alums you know to do so too.
fully or partially completed, promptly mail the signed petitions to:
Prof. M. R. Franks,
Post Office Box 281,
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0281.
Help Save the Tomb of the Unknown
Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery!
It's hard to believe, but officials at Arlington National Cemetery plan to replace
the original Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with a new replica solely because
of repairable cosmetic imperfections. This 1932 monument is nationally significant
and eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
48-ton marble block has two nonstructural cracks which pose no threat to
visitors or the historic structure. Surprisingly, federal bureaucrats want
the replica carved from new stone that experts agree will likely again crack
along its grain just as marble does naturally when exposed to the elements.
Repair and proper care of the Tomb (re-grouting the cracks and using only
gentle cleaning methods instead of high-pressure power-washing) is possible
and is the preferred method for fixing the existing cracks, as other marble
monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial were repaired.
Once the National Trust learned about this ill-considered plan, we raised
the alarm with Members of Congress and tried unsuccessfully to consult with
those who administer the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
A decision to determine the fate of the Tomb Monument is expected by September
30th. Your help is needed to weigh in with decision-makers to help save the
your Senators and ask them and the Senate Committee on Armed
Services to explore alternatives to replacing the memorial; and.
Metzler, superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery and
ask him to repair rather than replace the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.