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Top 9 Most Endangered Sites in New Orleans

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The World Trade Center redevelopment/possible demolition and the funding of the Algiers ferry are two of New Orleans' biggest stories right now. So, it's no surprise that they top the annual Louisiana Landmark's 9 Most Endangered Sites list. Other at-risk areas include the oldest cemetery in the city, where future demolition of the Iberville Housing Projects is going to shake things up. And as usual, blighted historic homes are an issue. The list "calls attention to properties and physical features that are in danger of being lost from the fabric of our city."


· Louisiana Landmarks Society

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1. World Trade Center

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365 Canal St, Ste 1120
New Orleans, LA 70130

Threat: Demolition
Called the most valuable piece of property in New Orleans, the vacant building is currently being vied for by three development groups, one with plans to demolish it.

2. Choice Neighborhood Initiative Area

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North Broad Street & Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119

Threat: Large-scale redevelopment
The Tremé , Seventh Ward, Esplanade Ridge, and Mid-City neighborhoods will see major redevelopments in the years ahead. The trick will be finding the balance between new commercial and housing units and the historic sense of the neighborhoods.

3. Canal Street - Algiers Ferry

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Threat: Loss of transportation route
The Algiers-Canal Street ferry, in operation since 1827, is currently negotiating with the RTA's private transportation company to receive funding.

4. St. Louis Cemetery Nos. 1 and 2

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501 Basin St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 525-3377

Threat: Potential damage from Iberville redevelopment
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 (1796), the oldest cemetery in the city and St. Louis No. 2 (1823) are already in fragile states. The upcoming construction blows from the neighboring Iberville project demo is only going to make matters worse.

5. 1347 Esplanade Avenue

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1347 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70116

Threat: Demo by neglect
This Italianate Greek Revival home represents an era of grand Creole-built estates along Esplanade Avenue. Already in a state of disrepair, the home caught fire on Easter Sunday 2013, causing the roof to collapse.

6. 1828-30 Baronne Street

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1828 Baronne Street
New Orleans, LA 70113

Threats: Demo by neglect, insufficient protection for Landmark Building
An Italianate double gallery home built shortly after the Civil War, this Central City structure is considered of "great architectural importance" by the HDLC. In serious disrepair, it may soon go to a tax sale.

7. 1831 Polymnia Street

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1831 Polymnia Street
New Orleans, LA 70113

Threat: Demo by neglect
A schoolhouse from the 1880s, this Central City structure now has "holes in the roof" and is "completely open to the elements". Currently, there are no plans to renovate or stabilize the building.

8. 1822-24 Clio Street

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1822 Clio Street
New Orleans, LA 70113

Threat: Demo by neglect, lack of code enforcement
Blighted occupied residences are an issue around the city. Other addresses listed as examples are 1430-32 Euterpe St. and 1347 Magazine St. The city is currently rewriting its code to balance the support of homeowners in blighted historic properties while preserving the neighborhoods.

9. Live Oak canopies (city-wide)

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South Claiborne Avenue & Napoleon Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115

Threat: Damage from public works projects
Live oaks, many 100-plus-years-old, canopy the streets city-wide. Trimming for power lines, public work projects disturbing the root systems/destructing the branches, cranes blasting through the streets (in the case of last year's Napoleon Avenue drainage system overhaul) are all issues.

1. World Trade Center

365 Canal St, Ste 1120, New Orleans, LA 70130

Threat: Demolition
Called the most valuable piece of property in New Orleans, the vacant building is currently being vied for by three development groups, one with plans to demolish it.

365 Canal St, Ste 1120
New Orleans, LA 70130

2. Choice Neighborhood Initiative Area

North Broad Street & Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119

Threat: Large-scale redevelopment
The Tremé , Seventh Ward, Esplanade Ridge, and Mid-City neighborhoods will see major redevelopments in the years ahead. The trick will be finding the balance between new commercial and housing units and the historic sense of the neighborhoods.

North Broad Street & Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119

3. Canal Street - Algiers Ferry

New Orleans, LA

Threat: Loss of transportation route
The Algiers-Canal Street ferry, in operation since 1827, is currently negotiating with the RTA's private transportation company to receive funding.

4. St. Louis Cemetery Nos. 1 and 2

501 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Threat: Potential damage from Iberville redevelopment
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 (1796), the oldest cemetery in the city and St. Louis No. 2 (1823) are already in fragile states. The upcoming construction blows from the neighboring Iberville project demo is only going to make matters worse.

501 Basin St
New Orleans, LA 70112

5. 1347 Esplanade Avenue

1347 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70116

Threat: Demo by neglect
This Italianate Greek Revival home represents an era of grand Creole-built estates along Esplanade Avenue. Already in a state of disrepair, the home caught fire on Easter Sunday 2013, causing the roof to collapse.

1347 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70116

6. 1828-30 Baronne Street

1828 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70113

Threats: Demo by neglect, insufficient protection for Landmark Building
An Italianate double gallery home built shortly after the Civil War, this Central City structure is considered of "great architectural importance" by the HDLC. In serious disrepair, it may soon go to a tax sale.

1828 Baronne Street
New Orleans, LA 70113

7. 1831 Polymnia Street

1831 Polymnia Street, New Orleans, LA 70113

Threat: Demo by neglect
A schoolhouse from the 1880s, this Central City structure now has "holes in the roof" and is "completely open to the elements". Currently, there are no plans to renovate or stabilize the building.

1831 Polymnia Street
New Orleans, LA 70113

8. 1822-24 Clio Street

1822 Clio Street, New Orleans, LA 70113

Threat: Demo by neglect, lack of code enforcement
Blighted occupied residences are an issue around the city. Other addresses listed as examples are 1430-32 Euterpe St. and 1347 Magazine St. The city is currently rewriting its code to balance the support of homeowners in blighted historic properties while preserving the neighborhoods.

1822 Clio Street
New Orleans, LA 70113

9. Live Oak canopies (city-wide)

South Claiborne Avenue & Napoleon Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115

Threat: Damage from public works projects
Live oaks, many 100-plus-years-old, canopy the streets city-wide. Trimming for power lines, public work projects disturbing the root systems/destructing the branches, cranes blasting through the streets (in the case of last year's Napoleon Avenue drainage system overhaul) are all issues.

South Claiborne Avenue & Napoleon Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115