Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Meanwhile, in the LSU Footprint



















This Italianate 1879 school building designed by William Freret - and known as McDonough 11- stands at 2009 Palmyra in the middle of the site proposed for the UMC.  The University Medical Center is on the drawing board because LSU refuses to rebuild its hospital inside the historic Charity Hospital building.

The building presently houses Priestley Charter School, which focuses on preparing students for Architecture and Construction (yes, add a bit more sad irony to the heap).

There are no plans to move the building - and I don't know that it could be done even if the funds and willpower were available.

The shot below gives a nice sense of the complexity of the building's architectural texture:

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