Saturday, January 15, 2011

Yet Another House Demolished in LSU Footprint

Drop by drop, I will persist in pointing out the fact that demolitions continue in the LSU Footprint, site of the planned University Medical Center (UMC), which does not yet have financing lined up to build the proposed structure.  The frog is being boiled slowly so that nobody will notice all at once.  House by house, LSU is getting the LSU Footprint demolished.  At some date, the site will hit a point where the clearing of the entire Footprint looks like a fait accompli because there will be so little historic fabric left.  All this despite a project funding hurdle of several hundred million dollars that remain to be secured.

The house that once existed at right at 2118 Cleveland Avenue was a contributing structure in the Mid-City National Register District and eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.  Salvage of the property started back on October 6, 2010, but the building was not demolished until now, apparently until after the occupants at left, Mr. Joe and his wife, had departed.

Here's what it looked like as salvage got underway:

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